KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ Words: Program No. 7: Alvin Curran

Analog Audio

Event Type
Spoken Word
Program Series
Program Length
62 min
1969-10-13 | broadcast
| 402 | created
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.
Sound poetry
Musical Selections
A Day In The Country: Part 1(1969) (35:30) / Alvin Curran -- The Rubber Bee (1969) (23:35) / Alvin Curran & Clark Coolidge
Ambient sounds
Electronic music
Soundscapes (Music)
Text-sound compositions
Sound poetry
Funding for the preservation of this program made possible through a grant by the GRAMMY Foundation.
Related place
Berkeley (Calif.) (was broadcast at)
Related Entities
Coolidge, Clark, 1939-
Curran, Alvin S., 1938-