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Since January 2005, Music From Other Minds has presented new and unusual music by innovative composers and performers from around the world. Produced weekly for KALW 91.7 FM San Francisco by Charles Amirkhanian and the Other Minds staff, and aired at 8pm every Sunday, Music From Other Minds aims to open up radio listeners to experimental classical work by living and recent composers. We bring you the latest in contemporary music from around the world, and some glimpses into the past, to give a context for today’s music.

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Follow this link to download a complete list of works played on MFOM up to program 702.

Previous Programs

Program 744: Invented Instruments by Tom Nunn & Sarah Kenchington

Sarah Kenchington’s mechanically assisted acoustic instruments are often uncontrollable, making surprising and delirious music. For more than 40 years, Tom Nunn was an essential force in San Francisco music, working at the intersection of invented instruments and free improvisation. He designed and built hundreds of original instruments and performed with dozens of musicians locally and internationally. A survey of Tom’s solo and collaborative music. Folded Landscapes, a new work by Scottish composer Erland Cooper, combines the words of poet Simon Armitage and activist Greta Thunberg with a chamber ensemble recorded in increasingly hot conditions for an immersive meditation on climate change.

Program 743: Freeform Experimental

Experimental music for people with short attention spans. If you hear something you like, look it up in our playlist and jump on the internet to learn more. If you don’t like what you’re hearing, it will change to something different in a few minutes. The program is weighted towards electronic music and experiments with voice – sound poetry and audio story telling. Artists include Lucrecia Dalt, Ben LaMar Gay, Valentina Magaletti, Valentina Goncharova, Henri Pousseur, Luc Ferrari, Charles Amirkhanian, Laurie Anderson with Scott Johnson, Delia Derbyshire, Toshi Ighiyanagi, Brian Eno, Joseph Byrd, Frank Zappa, and Tom Waits.

Program 742: Density, Time, and Sound

On this Music from Other Minds, Liam Herb plays Louder Warmer Denser by Pamela Z, From me flows what you call Time and Twill by Twilight (In memory of Morton Feldman) by Toru Takemitsu, Soundscape by Katrina Krimsky, and Morangak by Carl Stone.

Program 741: Interactive Electronic Music

Electronics pervade the performance of music in the 21st century. The use of electronic elements are common across many genres of music, and composers today are searching for new and interactive ways to incorporate them into live performance. The composers on this program take a variety of approaches to the use of interactive electronics, from the combination of acoustic instruments and voices and electronic processing to the creation of new electronic instruments using motion sensors and game controllers. Included is music by Mari Kimura, Paul Leary, Kate Soper and Sam Pluta, Thea Farhadian, Pamela Z and Paula Matthusen, Anne Hege, Lei Liang, Bora Yoon, and Caroline Polachek.

Program 740: Plants, Animals, Music

Music played by animals, for animals, with animals, and music inspired by plants. Pianist Sarah Cahill plays Mamoru Fujieda’s Patterns of Plants. Jim Nollman plays guitar along with dolphins and whales. Doug Carroll plays cello to accompany shore birds. The Thai Elephant Orchestra displays an uncanny sense of rhythm while playing percussion and strings. Plus a bird song inspired excerpt from Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie, music made from insect sounds by David Dunn, Ivan Tcherepnin’s Flores Musicales for oboe, violin, and psaltery; and a tribute to Serge Tcherepnin for the 50th anniversary of the invention of his “people’s synthesizer.”

Program 739: Per Nørgård

Over the past 50 or more years, Per Nørgård has been considered the one of the most prominent and influential Nordic composers since Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius. To date, he has composed over 400 works in nearly all genres, including operas, music for children, chamber music, solo works, and for the theater. Nørgård was a featured composer at Other Minds Festival 12 in 2006. In this program we’ll hear four of his large orchestral works and a bit of one of his ten string quartets.

Program 738: Good Food and Music from India

On this program, Music from Other Minds celebrates Anthony J. Gnazzo‘s 87th birthday with a broadcast of two segments from his Good Food from India (1971) a program where Gnazzo offers recipes for cold-mixers and tondla leaves, bendi, buthi, moong-ambat, muluk, allu-vadi, and other Indian culinary delights.

Also on the program, a live concert of bansuri flute music performed by G.S. Sachdev at KPFA in 1971 and Gnazzo’s Radio Event No. 5: X-Change (1969), an adventurous lampoon of advertising culture of the time.

Program 737: Nordic Experimentalists

On this program, we’ll hear music by composers from the Nordic region. Included are Norwegian composers Jan Martin Smørdal, Kristine Tjøgersen, Øyvind Torvund, and Tone Åse; Danish composer Simon Steen-Andersen; Sten Sandell and Hanna Hartman from Sweden, and Icelandic composer Bára Gísladóttir. Host Joseph Bohigian is joined by American violinist and writer Jennifer Gersten, who is living in Norway researching music by several of these composers.

Program 736: Stasis Places

On this edition of Music from Other Minds, Charles Amirkhanian visits some STASIS PLACES—those special zones where composers explore the tension between stillness and movement—displaying them through beautifully original sounds and forms.

Tune in to hear Ingram Marshall‘s Fog Tropes and Gradual Requiem plus the Living Earth Show’s recording of Samuel AdamsLyra.

Program 735: Improvisors and Poetry

A profusion of improvisors, mostly from the Bay Area, combining and recombining in overlapping groups. Forget the Venn diagram, just enjoy the magic as Gino Robair, Tania Chen, Henry Kaiser, Tom Djll, Wadada Leo Smith, François Wong, William Winant, Cheryl Leonard, Kyle Bruckmann, Theresa Wong, Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, Harrison Bankhead, Andrew Raffo Dewar, John Butcher, John Shiurba, Fabrizio Bozzi Fenu, and Bryan Day spin their ephemeral creations. Plus, in celebration of Poetry Month, some spoken word, invented languages, and poetry by Sterling Plumpp, Michael Rothenberg, David Mahler, Beth Anderson, Ron Heglin, Lorin Benedict, and Phil Minton.

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