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Program No. 7: Alvin Curran

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 62 min
Event Type: Spoken Word Program Origin: KPFA

One in a series of programs produced by Clark Coolidge that feature the works of late 20th century poets, sound poets, and authors. This recording, broadcast on October 13, 1969, features two tape works by Alvin Curran. The first piece, “A Day in the Country: Part 1” is a compilation of ambient recordings made in Italy that range from the sound of children playing to those of a walk along a shoreline. These sounds have then been spliced together so as to form a continuous soundscape reminiscent of, appropriately enough, spending a day in the countryside. The second composition, “The Rubber Bee,” made in collaboration with Clark Coolidge, is a slightly more traditional piece of sound poetry, although it is sparser than many examples in this series.

Musical Selections:  A Day In The Country: Part 1(1969) (35:30) / Alvin Curran -- The Rubber Bee (1969) (23:35) / Alvin Curran & Clark Coolidge
Genres:  Soundscapes; Sound Poetry
Subject:  Ambient sounds; Electronic music; Soundscapes (Music); Text-sound compositions; Sound poetry
People:  Coolidge, Clark, 1939-; Curran, Alvin S., 1938-
First Broadcast Date:  10/13/1969
 
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