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 10pm every Friday, 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.
On this Music From Other Minds, Liam Herb presents Elodie Lauten’s largely forgotten Post-Minimalist Opera, The Death of Don Juan. Elodie was born in Paris in 1950 and moved to New York in 1972. She was involved in many types of music and was a very close friend to the poet Allen Ginsberg. She died tragically in 2014 at the age of 63.
On this Music From Other Minds, Mark Abramson presents two long-form, loop-based solo works by Rhys Chatham and Terry Riley. In 1963, Terry Riley created his revolutionary Time-Lag Accumulator, a tape delay/feedback system with 2 Revox tape recorders, which revolutionized musical looping and altered the course of live and recorded music forever.
On this Music From Other Minds, Randall Wong delivers some spooky sounds to your ears for our Halloween edition. The program features George Antheil’s score for the 1955 film, Dementia, directed by John Parker. Variety Magazine described Dementia as “maybe the strangest film ever offered for theatrical release.”
On this Music From Other Minds, Liam Herb explores the otherworldly sounds of equal tuning microtonal music. Join us as we explore the alien world of equal tuning microtonal music through the works of Ezra Sims, Alois Hába, and Easely Blackwood.
On the this Music From Other Minds, Randall Wong presents an evening of works created from found acoustic sounds, by Michael Tanner and Philip Bimstein. Michael Tanner is a composer, writer and musician from the south of England occasionally recording under the pseudonym Plinth. On this program, we will hear a set of Tanner’s sound collages from the album Collected Machine Music.
On this Music From Other Minds, Mark Abramson presents music that sits on the border between ambient and avant-garde. The show features early electronic work for Ondes Martenot by Olivier Messiaen, an electroacoustic piece by David Berhman, and a 2018 release for alto-saxophone by Lea Bertucci. Much of the program is from the Ellipsis Arts three disk set OHM+ The Early Gurus Of Electronic Music, 1948-1980.
On this Music From Other Minds, Mark Abramson presents a quirky mix of mid-century tape and electronic music. From Pierre Schaeffer to John Cage to Patti Smith, this program explores the many ways that musicians chose to use early electronic processes to expand the sonic possibilities of their work.
On this Music From Other Minds, Beth Anderson’s Ode, a tape piece composed of auctioneer recordings from a Kentucky tobacco warehouse recorded by Anderson in 1972. Also on the program, Sarah Hennies Falsetto, three works from Angus MacLise’s album Brain Damage in Oklahoma City, and Tim Feeney’s work 18:55 for solo percussion. Beth Anderson’s Ode was created and mixed at the Queen’s College and Wesleyan electronic music studios in 1975.
On this Music From Other Minds, Liam Herb presents: the music of Henry Brant. This program features many of Brant’s lesser known works, including his spatial piano concerto Inside Track and his Jazz Clarinet Concerto, which was written for (but never performed by), Benny Goodman.
On this Music From Other Minds, Randall Wong explores music written for and by elephants. It has been noted since ancient times that elephants seem to have an affinity for music. In 1957, German evolutionary biologist Bernard Rensch writes in Scientific American that he found elephants can distinguish at least 12 scale tones and remember simple melodies, even when played on different instruments at various pitches, timbres, and meters.