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Oswald, Oliveros Interview MP3s

According to the concert program that came with a ticket to last weekend’s performance in Berkeley of John Cage’s 18 Microtonal Ragas, some 6,000 hours of recorded performances and interviews have been collected by the evening’s sponsoring organization, Other Minds, which is headed by Charles Amirkhanian — that number makes me a bit more comfortable with the frequency with which Other Minds entries pop up in the Disquiet Downstream.

This time around it’s interviews with two essential American figures in experimental music: Toronto native John Oswald, best known for his “plunderphonics” mixes of audio assemblages, and Houston-born Pauline Oliveros, whose ambient accordion and Deep Listening practices are key musical developments of the second half of the 20th century. Musical examples are provided for both. The interviews were originally broadcast in late 1990, and is available as two downloadable files (MP3, MP3 — housed at archive.org).

By Marc Weidenbaum

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