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Ode To Gravity:
Barton and Priscilla McLean

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 112 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Composer-performers Barton and Priscilla McLean of Austin Texas are Charles Amirkhanian’s guests on this edition of Ode to Gravity. This husband and wife duo introduce a number of their primarily electro-acoustic pieces. Their work often has an environmental or political dimension, as is the case with “The Last Ten Minutes,” which envisions a nuclear holocaust, and “Beneath the Horizon III” which combines whale songs with a tuba solo to create an evocative sense of longing.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Genesis [excerpt] / Barton McLean -- The Last Ten Minutes (1982) (12:00) / Barton McLean -- Beneath the Horizon III (1978) (13:30) / Priscilla McLean
Performers:  Melvyn Poore, tuba (Beneath)
Genre:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  McLean, Barton, 1938-; McLean, Priscilla, 1942-; Electro-acoustic; Electronic music; Whale sounds; Animal sounds; Tuba music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; McLean, Barton, 1938-; McLean, Priscilla, 1942-; Poore, Melvyn
Recording Date:  11/01/1982
First Broadcast Date:  11/01/1982
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Dimensions II, for piano and tape (1974) (11:25) / Barton McLean -- Invisible Chariots [1st movement] (6:30) (1975-77) / Priscilla McLean -- Dimensions VIII, for piano and tape (1981) (13:00) / Barton McLean -- Fantasies for Adults and Other Children: hist whist ; little tree [texts by e.e. cummings] (1980) (7:00) / Priscilla McLean
Performers:  Robert Hamilton, piano (Dimensions II)
Barton McLean, piano (Dimensions VIII)
Nancy Hill, soprano (Fantasies)
Mark Saya, piano (Fantasies)
John Ferguson, piano (Fantasies)
Genre:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Electro-acoustic; Electronic music; Piano and electronic music; Songs (High voice) with piano; Prepared piano music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; McLean, Barton, 1938-; McLean, Priscilla, 1942-; Hamilton, Robert, 1937-; Hill, Nancy (Vocalist); Saya, Mark, 1954-; Ferguson, John; Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962
Recording Date:  11/01/1982
First Broadcast Date:  11/01/1982
 
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