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Dripsody

Description: Recording of Hugh le Caine's Dripsody. It is an study for variable speed recorder. It was composed in one night. Le Caine used a recording of a drop of water falling into a bucket, which he re- recorded different speeds, obtaining the heights of a pentatonic scale. Using 25 connectors and the variable speed tape recorder, it produced thousands of sound effects. Dripsody begins with the original sound of the water drop, repetition loop. Shortly afterwards, by adding more loops, the density of the sound increases and an arpeggio figure is produced. The complete work, lasting one minute and twenty-six seconds, was finished at 7.30 am, and Le Caine played it for those who arrived at the laboratory.
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Date: 1955
Duration: 2 minutes 15 seconds
Creator: Le Caine, Hugh, 1914-1977
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Interview with Benny Goodman

Description: Unedited audio of Willis Conover's interview with Benny Goodman, including short statements for various broadcast services within VOA, and a longer interview presumably for Music USA #394-B.
Date: December 21, 1955
Duration: 25 minutes 31 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Biography in Rhythm

Description: A 1955 radio program presenting an account of the history of jazz. Willis Conover later adapted this program's introduction for use in the Jazz at the Smithsonian television programs which he hosted.
Date: July 26, 1955
Duration: 54 minutes 03 seconds
Creator: National Broadcasting Company
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Pop Chronicles Interviews #88 - Patti Page with Jack Rael

Description: Recording of John Gilliland interviewing Patti Page and Jack Rael on the KCUL House of Wax program in Fort Worth. Gilliland later used this audio in the Pop Chronicles radio program series. The interview is in tracks 1 through 5, with unrelated material on the tape before and after.
Date: October 12, 1955
Duration: 30 minutes 29 seconds
Creator: Gilliland, John
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music USA #172-B, Interview with Art Tatum

Description: Willis Conover interviews Art Tatum, with selected Tatum recordings. Playlists and schedules within the Conover collection confirm the program was assembled in May, but Tatum's performances in Washington, D.C. in early April provide an approximate interview date.
Date: May 18, 1955
Duration: 13 minutes 13 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis & Tatum, Art, 1909-1956
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Willis Conover interview with Johnny Hodges

Description: Willis Conover interviews Johnny Hodges. The intended program and broadcaster are not stated.
Date: February 1955
Duration: 25 minutes 53 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music USA #365-B, Interview with George Avakian

Description: Willis Conover interviews George Avakian. This recording only contains the interview, and not the full program.
Date: November 29, 1955
Duration: 14 minutes 33 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music USA #357-B, Interview with Dave Brubeck

Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Dave Brubeck.
Date: November 10, 1955
Duration: 59 minutes 24 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music USA #131-B, Interview with Kai Winding

Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Kai Winding. This is the first interview conducted for Music USA.
Date: April 15, 1955
Duration: 59 minutes 36 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music USA #230-B, Interview with Chet Baker

Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Chet Baker.
Date: June 29, 1955
Duration: 59 minutes 21 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music USA #219-B, Interview with George Shearing

Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with George Shearing.
Date: June 22, 1955
Duration: 59 minutes 07 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music USA #251-B, Interview with Eartha Kitt

Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Eartha Kitt.
Date: July 20, 1955
Duration: 59 minutes 03 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music USA #295-B, Interviews with John Lewis and Sarah Vaughan

Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and interviews with John Lewis and Sarah Vaughan.
Date: September 14, 1955
Duration: 59 minutes 16 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music USA #181-B, Interview with Billy Taylor

Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with pianist Billy Taylor.
Date: May 25, 1955
Duration: 59 minutes 18 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music USA #345-B, Interview with Peggy Lee

Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Peggy Lee.
Date: October 21, 1955
Duration: 59 minutes 22 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music USA #392-B, Interview with Milt Gabler, Part II

Description: Part of the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Milt Gabler. "Laura," the last selection in this part, was not included in the final broadcast.
Date: December 1, 1955
Duration: 33 minutes 57 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music USA #300-B, Interview with Duke Ellington, Part I

Description: The first part of the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections. The interview occurs in Part II.
Date: September 20, 1955
Duration: 27 minutes 43 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music USA #399-B, Interview with Bob Thiele and Steve Allen, Part I

Description: The first part of the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Bob Thiele. The interview with Steve Allen occurs in Part II.
Date: December 2, 1955
Duration: 35 minutes 02 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music USA #300-B, Interview with Duke Ellington, Part II

Description: The second part of the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Duke Ellington.
Date: September 20, 1955
Duration: 32 minutes 01 second
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music USA #392-B, Interview with Milt Gabler, Part I

Description: Part of the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Milt Gabler.
Date: December 1, 1955
Duration: 34 minutes 15 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music USA #392-B, Interview with Milt Gabler, Part III

Description: Part of the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Milt Gabler. The first and second selections in this part, "Laura" and "Spanish Lace," were not included in the final broadcast.
Date: December 1, 1955
Duration: 12 minutes 47 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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