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Program 732: Invented Instruments

KALW Broadcast Date: March 12, 2023 | Host: Joseph Bohigian

This program features music written for non-traditional instruments invented by the composer or performer. These invented instruments range from adaptations of familiar instruments to large contraptions that take up an entire room. The program includes Daphne of the Dunes by Harry Partch written for an array of his invented instruments, 342 by Paul Dresher for Quadrachord, Hurdy Grande, and Marimba Lumina, an interview with sound-sculptor and composer Trimpin, and Elemental View by Ellen Fullman, inventor of the Long String Instrument.

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The World of Harry Partch

Title: Daphne of the Dunes
Composer: Harry Partch
Performers: Frank Berberich, Gary Coleman, Dean Drummond, Richard Lapore, John McAllister, Robert McCormick, Todd Miller, Emil Richards, Michael Ranta, Linda Schell, Danlee Mitchell, conductor
Recording Title: The World of Harry Partch
Record Label: Sony Music Entertainment
Catalog Number: 74929

Paul Dresher playing the Quadrachord with a bow.

Title: 342
Composer: Paul Dresher
Performers: Dresher Davel Invented Instrument Duo
Recording Title: 342
Record Label: Private recording

Trimpin bending over interior of piano, hands outstretched and making adjustments so as to modify the instrument.

Title: Speaking of Music: Trimpin
Composer: Trimpin
Performers: Trimpin, Charles Amirkhanian
Record Label: Other Minds Archive

Ellen Fullman playing the Long String Instrument with the Living Earth Show.

Title: Elemental View
Composer: Ellen Fullman
Performers: Ellen Fullman and the Living Earth Show (Andy Meyerson and Travis Andrews)
Recording Title: Elemental View
Record Label: Private recording

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