KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ Speaking of Music: Alvin Curran, 1989, 1 of 2

Analog Audio


Event Type
Interview and Music
Origin
KPFA
Identifier
SOM.1989.09.28.A
Program Series
Speaking of Music
Program Length
124 min
Part
1 of 2
Dates
1990-01-05 | broadcast
| 1989-09-28 | created
Description
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)
Genres
Soundscapes
Avant-garde
Musical Selections
Maritime Rites [excerpts] -- [unidentified piece with the Brooklyn Bridge and voice] -- Waterworks
Subjects
Soundscapes (Music)
Avant-garde (Music)
Ambient sounds
Music, concrete
Musique concrète
Aleatory music
Foghorns
Related places
San Francisco (Calif.) (was recorded at)
Berkeley (Calif.) (was broadcast at)
Related Entities
Amirkhanian, Charles
Curran, Alvin S., 1938-
Cage, John