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Stereo Radio by Anthony Gnazzo

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 19 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

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“Stereo Radio” is another inventive experimental composition by one of the early wizards of the electronic music studio, Anthony Gnazzo. Ever playful and energetic Gnazzo was well known to KPFA listeners in the 1960s and 70s for his often irreverent yet always entertaining works that explored all the conceivable possibilities offered up by early electronics, new aleatoric compositional techniques, tape manipulation, with the occasional kitchen sink occasionally thrown in for good measure. In this work, Anthony Gnazzo invited ten composers to contribute three minute segments of recordings to be used in a stereo mix. Each of the five separate movements of this work present two of those donated tracks mixed with one another, creating a juxtaposition of highly varied sonic events and melodies. Electronic cow-like mooing sounds are mixed with choral singing, a drone of static is sonically compared to the chatter of babies, various voices played backwards are mixed together with the muted wail of an electric guitar, as well as even more extraordinary auditory combinations are heard in this extended work of musique concrète mastery. The ten contributing composers for this piece were Gnazzo, Eugene Turitz, Alden Jenks, Martin Bartlett, Charles Boone, Richard Pritchard, Charles Amirkhanian, Ivan Tcherpnin, Ed Nylund, and Richard Friedman.

Musical Selections:  Stereo Radio, a tape piece (1970) (17:12) / Anthony Gnazzo
Genre:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Electronic music; Musique concrète; Music, concrete; Aleatory music
People:  Gnazzo, Anthony, 1936-; Boone, Charles; Turitz, Eugene; Jenks, Alden; Bartlett, Martin, 1939-1993; Pritchard, Richard (Musician); Amirkhanian, Charles; Friedman, Richard; Tcherepnin, Ivan; Nylund, Edward
First Broadcast Date:  12/21/1970
 
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