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Ode To Gravity:
Bill Fontana

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 58 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Sound sculptor Bill Fontana visits Charles Amirkhanian in the KPFA studio and brings with him, three recorded CDs of his ambient sound extravaganzas. The first “Australian Sound Sculptures”, issued by Edition René Block, includes Fontana’s 1976 8-track recording of the Kirribilli Wharf in Sydney, Australia. The second, “Landscape Soundings” is from an installation piece in the center of Vienna, Austria, comprised of sounds from natural wetlands along the Danube. The third, “Sonic Projects: Series 1, ‘Natural Sounds to be Heard from a Distance’”, on the New Arts Foundation label, features ten songbird recordings made world wide. Take a listen and travel the world without leaving your armchair. (from KPFA Folio)

Musical Selections:  [mating seagulls at Mono Lake, CA] -- [nightingale near Helsinki, Finland] -- [Australian lyre bird] -- [Australian whip bird] -- Landscape Soundings [excerpt of a sound installation] (1990) / Bill Fontana -- Acoustical views, Sydney, 1988 [excerpt of a sound sculpture] / Bill Fontana -- Kirribilli Wharf. Sydney, 1976 [excerpt of a sound sculpture] / Bill Fontana
Genre:  Soundscapes
Subject:  Fontana, Bill, 1947-; Nature sounds; Birdsongs; Animal sounds; Sound sculpture; Ambient sounds; Soundscapes (Music)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Fontana, Bill, 1947-
Recording Date:  10/22/1990
First Broadcast Date:  10/22/1990
 
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