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Ode To Gravity:
Brian Eno (Special Edition, I of IV)

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 116 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

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In an interview recorded in 1980, Charles Amirkhanian and Brian Eno discuss phonetic poetry, how Brian writes his lyrics, and the spirit of inquisitiveness at KPFA Radio. The two also listen to some of Brian Eno's pieces, including "Everything Merges With the Night", "Spirits Drifting," and sections of other works. Brian Eno also discusses artist Peter Schmidt and their work on the Oblique Strategies Cards, being a record producer, process vs. product, and looping. Part I ends with some thoughts on Steve Reich and his music.

Part II starts with a discussion of "the history of the recording studio as a compositional tool;" and Eno’s collaboration with David Byrne on the then yet-to-be-released album, “My Life in the Bush of Ghosts”. Eno also talks about, and listens to, songs by Elvis Presley, The Supremes, Sly Stone, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Jimi Hendrix. Eno then offers some unfinished pieces from the album with David Byrne.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  I Zimbra [text based on poem by Hugo Ball] (3:30) / Talking Heads -- Kurt's Rejoinder [excerpts] / Brian Eno -- Everything Merges With the Night [excerpts] (3:04) / Brian Eno -- Spirits Drifting [excerpt (1:56) / Brian Eno
Performers:  Talking Heads: (I Zimbra)
Brian Eno, voice, electronics, etc. (all)
Genres:  New Music; Popular Music
Subject:  Eno, Brian, 1948-; Schmidt, Peter, 1931-1980; New music; Popular music; Sound poetry; Text-sound compositions; Oblique Strategies Cards; Rock music; Aleatory music; Electronic music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Eno, Brian, 1948-; Ball, Hugo, 1886-1927
Recording Date:  2/2/1980
First Broadcast Date:  2/2/1980
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Heartbreak Hotel (ca. 1955) (2:08) / Tommy Durden and Mae Boren Axton -- [unidentified dub piece, excerpt] (2:41) / Lee "Scratch" Perry -- Star Spangled Banner [text by Francis Scott Key] / John Stafford Smith -- Reflections / Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, and Edward Holland, Jr. -- Everyday People / Sly Stone -- Garbage Disco [a.k.a. America is Waiting] (1:55) / Brian Eno & David Byrne
Performers:  Elvis Presley, voice and guitar (Heartbreak)
Lee "Scratch" Perry, electronics, etc. (unidentified)
Jimi Hendrix, guitar (Star)
Diana Ross & The Supremes, voices (Reflections)
Sly and the Family Stone (Everyday)
Genres:  New Music; Popular Music
Subject:  Eno, Brian, 1948-; Popular music; New music; Electronic music; Rock music; New wave music; Reggae music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Eno, Brian, 1948-; Durden, Tommy ; Axton, Mae Boren ; Presley, Elvis, 1935-1977; Perry, Lee, 1936-; Key, Francis Scott, 1779-1843 ; Smith, John Stafford, 1750-1836 ; Hendrix, Jimi; Dozier, Lamont ; Holland, Brian; Holland, Eddie; Ross, Diana, 1944-; Stone, Sly ; Byrne, David, 1952-
Recording Date:  2/2/1980
First Broadcast Date:  2/2/1980
 
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