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Birth of Painting

Description: Mixed media near abstract composition of black and white. Black and white loosely rendered brush stokes onto of a photograph at the bottom of the composition.
Date: 1981~
Creator: Kiefer, Anselm
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Aux lampions

Description: Recording of Bertand Dubedout's "Aux lampions" ("To the lanterns"). Lampions are small oil lamps, formerly popular as a carriage light. It is a concrete piece in three movements: "Bal convexe" ("Convex ball"), "Le cocher" ("The coachman"), and "Sous les planches" ("Under the boards"). For writers like Bulgakov, Gogol, and Chekhov, the ball scene is often a story of action, tragedy, or desperation; the ball can ruin an existence or bring hope. Delight, delusion, and loneliness are the multiple stigmata of the ball. The sound materials of the piece are all concrete sounds that are based on reality. The sound forms escape any precedence, combining to create images of incongruous weddings like in an agitated dream.
Date: 1981
Creator: Dubedout, Bertrand
Partner: UNT Music Library

Are we?

Description: Recording of Þorsteinn Hauksson's Are we? performed by Ensemble Intercontemporain under the direction of Fabrice Pierre. The piece if for two trumpets, two trombones, two percussionists, and tape. The message of the piece of music is unstated by the composer, but he says "music of the Muses can express it in a much clearer way" than spoken or written words.
Date: 1981
Creator: Þorsteinn Hauksson
Partner: UNT Music Library

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.
Date: 1981
Creator: Corcoran, Frank
Partner: UNT Music Library

Aw/wW

Description: Recording of Miloš Petrović's Aw/wW ("Anton with-without Webern") for tape, interpreted by Ruža Petrović, Paul Pignon, and Miloš Petrović. Petrović uses the sound and structure in Anton Webern's works as a way of broadening the sound media in his own work. He places this work in a space defined by primal elements of different media, which allows for a greater number of operations on the speech-gesture relationship, while contributing to the cohesiveness of the result. Magnetic tape-transfected parts of Webern's composition, purely electroacoustic segments and short quotes from the composer's work. The tape was made in the electronic studio pf Belgrade Radio-Television. The work was written and presented first in 1981.
Date: 1981
Creator: Petrović, Miloš, 1952-2010
Partner: UNT Music Library

Blendings

Description: Recording of Clifford Taylor's "Blendings" performed by Clifford Taylor, clarinet. The piece focuses primarily on combining various registral sounds of the clarinet with synthesized sounds of a variety of timbres.
Date: 1981
Creator: Taylor, Clifford
Partner: UNT Music Library

Blueberry

Description: Recording of Gabriel Poulard's Blueberry for tape. The title refers to the name of a cartoon character. The piece was realized at Groupe de Musique Expérimentale de Bourges (GMEB).
Date: 1981
Creator: Poulard, Gabriel
Partner: UNT Music Library

Oral History Interview with Ernest L. Ellis, June 30, 1981

Description: Interview with Ernest L. Ellis, owner and operator of Frank Ellis Dealer in Everything. The interview includes Ellis' personal experiences of employment with his father, Frank Ellis, in the general store. Ellis talks about his family background, effects of the Great Depression in New Hope, Texas businesses, food market opening, business operations during World War II, his employment as a feed salesman, general store advertising, his father's use of peddling wagon, Dallas fair and Mesquite trade day, and retirement.
Date: June 30, 1981
Creator: Jenkins, Floyd & Ellis, Ernest L.
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Walking Bells

Description: Recording of David Porter's Walking Bells for tape. The piece is a tour through an environmental/concrete landscape. It is another variation on the "cumulative form." This is the second in a series of four tape pieces. As with all these pieces, this piece comments on political and compositional methods and devices. In this instance, the piece makes reference to another composer whose style is borrowed. Other than that, it is pure experience. This piece should be listened to with speakers placed well apart and volume up the the highest comfortable level at the last two minutes of the piece.
Date: 1981
Creator: Porter, David, 1953-
Partner: UNT Music Library

Spattering... A shower

Description: Recording of Robert Rowe's "Spattering... A Shower." This piece of computer music focuses on the organization of sound and the process of adopting the medium of a digital computer to produce music compositions.
Date: 1981
Creator: Rowe, Robert, 1954-
Partner: UNT Music Library

Dictée

Description: Recording of Bernard Gagnon's Dictée for tape. The majority of the material was executed in real time. The instruments used are voice, a pencil, and also a few oscillator sounds. An oscillator provided a wave that was delayed by tape, and then turned into a voltage to modulate the early sound: a self-modulating delay loop. The piece is a reflection on the anxiety of first learning to write as well as on the degrees of the distances of the writing. The dictation comes from a loudspeaker, while the writer's reactions and his perception of the loudspeaker are captured on the other channel using a microphone. We hear in succession and by degrees of writing: 1. The dictation only. 2. The presence of someone who listens. This presence is signaled by a microphone feedback on the other channel and then a cough. It is good here to specify that the feedback effects are voluntary and controlled. 3. The message changes channel because it becomes the pencil noise of the writer. 4. The transformations that the message undergoes as well as the act of writing of the character who, one realizes, dictates himself. 5. Echoes of his reactions, a kind of subjective consciousness. The subject is played with pencil. 6. Transformations of its same reactions. 7. A kind of connivance gun between dictator and dictation. 8. Bursting of personality.
Date: 1981
Creator: Gagnon, Bernard
Partner: UNT Music Library

Son recif

Description: Recording of Jacqueline Ozanne's "Son recif" for voice and tape. This piece comes from a work on the myth of the sirens and includes texts written on this theme in their original languages. As the singer/speaker repeats the story, it is crossed by the sounds of these languages, by songs that cannot continue, as well as successive states of emotion. The electroacoustic tape plays a constant dramatic role: sometimes worrisome, sometimes reassuring, sometimes enveloping presences, it continually influences the interpreter in their vocal and dramatic production. The performance includes a video projection.
Date: 1981
Creator: Ozanne, Jacqueline
Partner: UNT Music Library