KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ Radio Event: No. 18: Radio Free Music Day

Analog Audio

Event Type
Intermedia and Visual Arts
Program Series
Radio Event
Program Length
34 min
1971-11-07 | broadcast
| 1971-11-07 | created
On November 7, 1971, between the hours of 2 PM and 4 PM, as part of its genre defying, groundbreaking Radio Event series, KPFA invited the public to play music live on the radio. The KPFA mobile bus was at a park in downtown Berkeley California where the listening public, and anybody else in the area, was asked to bring sound making devices of any sort and to play them in front of the KPFA mics. Foghorns, tympani, license plates, gongs, saxophones, guitars, and garbage cans were all welcome. Anything that could be used to produce sounds was fair game, the stranger the better. The resulting sounds were directly transmitted to Northern California, for all to hear. For anyone who wonders what those hippies that gathered in the parks of the Bay Area during the 1960s did or sounded like, this is your opportunity to listen in as they sing songs, make up poems, engage in acts of random and inexplicable artistic creation, and generally have a good time together. This interactive, participatory Radio Event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Recreation and Parks Department and KPFA Radio. (from KPFA Folio)
Interactive Art
Popular music
Musical Selections
[crowd singing an assortment of impromptu songs, speeches, and music]
Field recordings
Popular music
Participatory art
Interactive art
Audience participation radio programs
Funding for the preservation of this program made possible through a grant by the GRAMMY Foundation.
Related places
Berkeley (Calif.) (was recorded at)
Berkeley (Calif.) (was broadcast at)
Related Entities
KPFA (Radio station : Berkeley, Calif.)
Amirkhanian, Charles