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11 september

Description: Recording of Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen's "11 september." The text is from a document called "What is MIR?" which was sent out illegally in Chile in 1974 and from the appeal of MIR two years after the taking over by the junta, on September 11, 1975. A left-wing party, MIR stayed in Chile in order to contribute as efficiently as possible to the building of the opposition. Other sound material also includes sounds from a typewriter and a demonstration at Bastad, Sweden in September 1975 at a tennis match between Sweden and Chile with more than 4,000 participants. The text is taken in small excerpts from the document in Spanish, English, Swedish, Danish, French, Dutch, and Icelandic. The piece consists of three sections overlapping each other gradually, which shows the relationship between the spoken words and the immediate danger connected with that text. The first section "as a spontaneous statement," deals with the document at its direct background: the silence is broken, in spite of the danger connected with the writing, manifolding papers that criticize the politics and methods of the junta and discuss the strategy of the opposition. The second section deals with the document as a medium of discussion. At the end of this section, the "media-environment," "almost as a magazine on foreign affairs," is broken by shouts from the demonstration at the Bastad which were heard directly in Chilean TV. The third section is about the appeal of MIR as a direct request to the audience: to isolate the junta through a boycott of Chilean products and through demanding from national politicians to break the silence which has long been maintained, among other places in the United Nations of which Chile is still a member. Inspiration for the piece came from the composer's participation in the activities of the ...
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Date: 1977
Creator: Bergstrøm-Nielsen, Carl

Abominable A

Description: Recording of Luigi Ceccarelli's "Abominable A" for magnetic tape. The piece includes the voices of Kadigia Bove, Francesca Furlanetto, Eugenio Giordani, Luciano Martinis, Michela Mollia, Achille Perilli, Marina Poggi, Enrico Pulsoni, Giovanni Puma, Kerstin Riemer, Claudio Rufa, Stefano Scodanibbio, Gaetano Trusso, and Catherine Verwilgen. The piece contains a recitation of all the words in the Italian vocabulary that begin with the letter A, read in sequence from voices with different stamps, rhythms, and intonations. To these are added other sequences in French, German, and English. The work is divided into fifteen sections, each of which has a different criterion for processing the timbre, rhythm, and space. It was realized at the Electronic Laboratory for Experimental Music at the Conservatory "G. Rossini" in Pesaro from 1978 to 1980.
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Date: 1978/1980
Creator: Ceccarelli, Luigi

Aguiro

Description: Recording of Stefan Beyst's Aguiro for tape.
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Date: 1974
Creator: Beyst, Stefan

Balthasar's Traum

Description: Recording of Frank Corcoran's "Balthasar's Traum" performed at the Electronic Studio of the Berlin Technical University in close cooperation with Folkmar Hein. The work is based on an idea of a short story by Jorge Luis Borge and the Gospel of St. Mark about Balthasar Espinosa, a man who becomes involved with the Gutres people of Pampa and eventually dies by being hanged on a cross by the same people with whom he was so fascinated. It takes place in the great plains of the Pampa where Baltasar Espinosa is invited to his friend's ranch. To escape the monotony of continuous rain, he begins every night to read aloud to the fascinated Gutres people. They ask for him to reread the Gospel of St. Mark. Mysterious things begin happening during the dark days -- Baltasar cures an animal through 20th century means, something the Gutres have never seen before. The rain eventually stops. That night a virgin Gutre girl visits Baltasar's bed. The next day, he reads the Gospel to the Gutres for the last time. They then ask Baltasar, who is not a believer, if even those who crucified the Savior can receive salvation. They ask for his blessing, then they violently push him into a corner where they beat him and spit on him. Baltasar then sees the cross that has been prepared for him. The work is described not as a program work, but rather a sound correlation of scenes from history.
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Date: 1981
Creator: Corcoran, Frank