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Speaking of Music:
Alvin Curran, 1989

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 124 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

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Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer and musician Alvin Curran before a live audience on September 28, 1989, as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series. Curran creates a sensuous music with instrumental, vocal, electronic, and natural sounds. In addition to his work as a founding member of the Rome based, radical avant-garde group, Musica Electtronica Viva (MEV), Curran has composed for many large-scale outdoor events. This program includes excerpts from “Maritime Rites” a work that incorporates the words of John Cage mixed with a selection of fog horns; his “Waterworks” for computer controlled ships’ horns; and “Crystal Psalms” for six choruses, percussionists, and instrumental quartets. Curran also talks about his commissioned piece for the ROVA Saxophone Quartet. (from KPFA Folio)

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Maritime Rites [excerpts] -- [unidentified piece with the Brooklyn Bridge and voice] -- Waterworks
Genres:  Soundscapes; Avant-Garde
Subject:  Curran, Alvin S., 1938-; Soundscapes (Music); Avant-garde (Music) ; Ambient sounds; Music, concrete; Musique concrète; Aleatory music; Foghorns
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Curran, Alvin S., 1938-; Cage, John
Recording Date:  9/28/1989
First Broadcast Date:  1/5/1990
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Electric Rags No. 1 -- Electric Rags No. 2 [excerpt] -- Crystal Psalms [excerpt] (1988)
Performers:  ROVA Saxophone Quartet (Electric Rags No. 2)
Genres:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic; Avant-Garde
Subject:  Curran, Alvin S., 1938-; Electro-acoustic; Electronic music; Avant-garde (Music) ; Aleatory music; Piano music; Woodwind quartets (Saxophones (4)); Choruses, (Mixed voices) with instrumental ensemble
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Curran, Alvin S., 1938-
Recording Date:  9/28/1989
First Broadcast Date:  1/5/1990
 
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