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Program 613: From the OM Archive - Amirkhanian and Eno in Conversation, 1980

KALW Broadcast Date: August 14, 2020 | Host: Liam Herb

On this Music from Other Minds, Liam Herb digs in to the Other Minds Archive with a rebroadcast of Charles Amirkhanian’s 1989 Ode to Gravity broadcast of his February 2, 1980 conversation with Brian Eno. Together they discuss artistic influences, lyric writing procedures, the recording studio as compositional tool, and listen to demo recordings from the then unreleased album My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.

This interview, as well as three others with composers Laurie Anderson, Conlon Nancarrow, and John Cage, was a part of a four evening long national broadcast series of Amirkhanian’s Ode to Gravity programs, which he had been producing for KPFA Berkeley since the early 1970’s.

The program will be split into two features with a short break in-between. In this first half, Eno and Amirkhanian will discuss Brian’s lyric writing process, his collaborations with painter Peter Schmidt, his role as a producer, thoughts on the importance of process in music, as well as his thoughts on looping and phasing.

Program Audio

30-Second Spot

Track Info & Links

Title: Charles Amirkhanian, Hugo Ball, Kurt Schwitters
Composer: Beth Anderson
Performers: Beth Anderson
Recording Title: Namely
Record Label: Other Minds
Catalog Number: OM 1027-2


Title: Ode to Gravity, Brian Eno (1989)
Composer: n/a
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Recording Title: n/a
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Makaya McCraven, photo by David Marques
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