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Program 523: A Rainbow in Curved Air and Other Selections

KALW Broadcast Date: July 13, 2018 | Host: Mark Abramson

Terry Riley is one of the founders the American minimalist movement. His work is often based on improvisatory processes on modal musical figures. He was deeply influenced by Eastern music and jazz as well as western classical music. In the 1960’s he was involved with the San Francisco Tape Music Center and worked closely with Steve Reich, Pauline Oliveros and Ramon Sender. His work, A Rainbow in Curved Air, has inspired countless composers in the classical, electronic, rock, and jazz world and was an early example of a completely overdubbed instrumental work.

There is one correction to make from the program: Six Fantasies on a Poem by Thomas Campion by Paul Lansky was originally published in 1979. It was re-released in 2007.

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Title: A Pythagorean Roll
Composer: Simon Jeffes
Performers: Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Recording Title: Miniatures 2
Record Label: Cherry Red Records
Catalog Number: MXCY-80002


Title: Appalachian Grove 1
Composer: Laurie Spiegel
Performers: Laurie Spiegel
Recording Title: The Expanding Universe
Record Label: Unseen Worlds
Catalog Number: UW09


Title: Six Fantasies on a Poem by Thomas Campion/Her Song
Composer: Hannah Mackay and Paul Lanksy
Performers: Hannah Mackay and Paul Lansky
Recording Title: Lansky: Fantasies and Tableaux
Record Label: Composers/CRI
Catalog Number: N/A


Title: Bajanoom
Composer: Charles Amirkhanian
Performers: Charles Amirkhanian – gong, musical saw, coffee grinder, guitar and strings
Recording Title: Walking Tune
Record Label: Starkland
Catalog Number: ST 206


Title: Quatermass No. 1, Song and Lament
Composer: Todd Dockstader
Performers: Todd Dockstader – tape
Recording Title: Quatermass
Record Label: Starkland
Catalog Number: ST 201


Title: Broken Head
Composer: Brian Eno, Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius
Performers: Brian Eno, Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius
Recording Title: After The Heat
Record Label: Bureau B
Catalog Number: BB30


Title: A Rainbow in Curved Air
Composer: Terry Riley
Performers: electric organ, electric harpsichord, rocksichord, dhumbec, tambourine
Recording Title: A Rainbow in Curved Air
Record Label: CBS
Catalog Number: MK 7315


Title: Baba O’Riley
Composer: Pete Townshend
Performers: The Who
Recording Title: Who’s Next
Record Label: Decca
Catalog Number: DL 79182

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