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Speaking of Music:
Laurie Anderson, 1984

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 150 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

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In an interview recorded on December 6, 1984, before a live audience of 1000 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium's Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian speaks with Laurie Anderson about songs from her album, “Mister Heartbreak.” Anderson discusses the inspirationfor many of the songs on that album including “Kokoku” and “Sharkey's Day.” In addition, the composer explains this album's departure from her former release, “Big Science,” which contained the hit song “O Superman.”

Laurie's sense of humor emerges in stories of her "past" lives, the controversy of extinct animal cloning, and a funny incident with her "clone" being spotted in New York City. Laurie discusses and plays the music of those who have influenced her through the years, including Ken Nordine, Bongo Joe, and Henry Fiol, as well as her immersion in Cuban music through club visits in uptown New York, and how it has affected the music on her latest album.

Laurie also discusses the origins and variations of the song "O Superman (for Massenet).” She plays a Jules Massenet piece sung by Charles Holland ("O Souverain") then her own "O Superman", as well as various bootleg/cover versions of "O Superman." She discusses the Eventide Harmonizer and illustrates the "three states of a song" by analyzing the song "Its Cold Outside" which was to become "Big Science" and by playing variations of both pieces. Laurie also delves into the transforming nature of technology, takes questions from the audience, and talks about writer William S. Burroughs.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Kokoku (ca. 1984) (7:04) / Laurie Anderson -- Flibberty Jib (4:29) / Ken Nordine -- Listen At That Bull [excerpt] (1:33) / Bongo Joe (George Coleman) -- A Curious Phenomenon [from “United States”] (ca. 1983) (1:00) / Laurie Anderson -- It Was Up In The Mountains [from “United States”) (ca. 1983) (2:12) / Laurie Anderson -- [excerpt, unidentified piece] (1:34) / Henry Fiol -- [excerpt, unidentified piece] (0:16) / Henry Fiol --[excerpt, unidentified piece] (0:18) / Henry Fiol -- Sharkey's Day [a video] (ca. 1984) (4:05) / Laurie Anderson -- O Souverain (1885) (4:15) / Jules Massenet -- [excerpted remixes of “O Superman”] / [Various artists]
Performers:  Charles Holland, voice (O Souverain)
Dennis Russell Davies, piano (O Souverain)
Genres:  New Music; Popular Music
Subject:  Anderson, Laurie, 1947-; New music; Performance art; Cloning; Popular music; Rock music; Monologues with music; Percussion music; Latin jazz; Songs (High voice) with piano
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Anderson, Laurie, 1947-; Massenet, Jules, 1842-1912; Holland, Charles; Davies, Dennis Russell
Recording Date:  12/6/1984
First Broadcast Date:  2/23/1985
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Let X=X [play version] (2:13) / Laurie Anderson -- It’s Cold Outside [excerpts] (ca. 1981) / Laurie Anderson -- Big Science [excerpt] (ca. 1982) (2:33) / Laurie Anderson -- Big Science [Synclavier version, excerpt] (2:00) / Laurie Anderson -- [excerpt from a video of a live performance] (3:51) / Laurie Anderson
Performers:  Taylor Mead, vocals (Let)
American Composers Orchestra (It’s Cold)
Dennis Russell Davies, conductor (It’s Cold)
David Van Tieghem, percussion (Big)
Genres:  New Music; Popular Music
Subject:  Anderson, Laurie, 1947-; New music; Popular music; Songs (High voice) with piano; Performance art; Rock music; Orchestral music; Monologues with music; Music and technology
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Anderson, Laurie, 1947-; Mead, Taylor; Davies, Dennis Russell; Van Tieghem, David
Recording Date:  12/6/1984
First Broadcast Date:  2/23/1985
 
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