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Invocation

Description: Recording of Hugh Le Caine's Invocation. The piece opens with a trio of three recorded sounds: a glass that is broken with a hammer, a ping-pong ball hitting a racket, and a drop of water. These sounds are the "instruments" used throughout the piece. Drips are configured as fast ascending and descending glissandi. A series of chords is constructed from a sustained movement of glass stamps. The sound of the ping-pong ball - from the left to the right - gradually accelerates. Severe rumbling and sharp joints appears as sudden changes in channels multiply. The introduction of these gestures disrupts the orderly progression of loops and the inclusion of small strips of paper connected to the ribbon which produces rough and jerky sounds further accentuate this breaking effect. Towards the end of the piece, sustained sounds are played out in a chord, but as soon as this effect is installed, the tape slows down and stops, as if someone had unplugged the music player. Then we hear a particularly violent sound of glass breaking.
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Date: 1957
Duration: 2 minutes 31 seconds
Creator: Le Caine, Hugh, 1914-1977
Partner: UNT Music Library

Ninety nine Generators

Description: Recording of Hugh le Caine's Ninety nine Generators. The title refers to the 99 organ sound generators sensitive keys - a separate generator for each note of the keyboard that can all be operated simultaneously. Le Caine here uses a resonance pedal and a device that can change the pitch to produce a vibrato or long glissandi impossible to achieve on an organ. The particular reverb of this piece is caused by the unusual acoustics of the place where it was realized.
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Date: 1956
Duration: 1 minute 57 seconds
Creator: Le Caine, Hugh, 1914-1977
Partner: UNT Music Library

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

Etude pour un seul coup de cymbale

Description: Recording of Włodzimierz Kotoński's Etude pour un seul coup de cymbale.
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Date: 1959
Duration: 2 minutes 46 seconds
Creator: Kotoński, Włodzimierz
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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Louis Armstrong interview, second hour

Description: The second of five hours of Louis Armstrong talking at length about his life and career. In this hour, Armstrong discusses the Hot Five and scat singing, interspersed with musical selections.
Date: July 13, 1956
Duration: 58 minutes 24 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Louis Armstrong interview, fourth hour

Description: The fourth of five hours of Louis Armstrong talking at length about his life and career. In this hour, Armstrong discusses playing the trumpet, his health, and race relations, with musical selections interspersed.
Date: July 13, 1956
Duration: 58 minutes 40 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Interviews with Billy Eckstine and Teddi King

Description: Willis Conover interviews Billy Eckstine and Teddi King at Washington, D.C.'s Union Station, on the RCA Victor Starliner train. Eckstine and King were performing to benefit the March of Dimes; the interviews were apparently used in Music USA programs #420-B (Eckstine) and #421-B (King).
Date: January 21, 1956
Duration: 32 minutes 58 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Interviews with June Christy, Nat "King" Cole, Ted Heath, and Bob Flanigan

Description: Willis Conover interviews June Christy, Nat "King" Cole, Ted Heath, and Bob Flanigan backstage at a performance at the National Guard Armory in Washington, D.C. The interview with Nat "King" Cole was likely used in Music USA program #520-B.
Date: May 1, 1956
Duration: 33 minutes 14 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Louis Armstrong interview, third hour

Description: The third of five hours of Louis Armstrong talking at length about his life and career. In this hour, Armstrong discusses his favorite musicians, with musical selections interspersed.
Date: July 13, 1956
Duration: 57 minutes 35 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Louis Armstrong interview, fifth hour

Description: The fifth of five hours of Louis Armstrong talking at length about his life and career, with musical selections interspersed.
Date: July 13, 1956
Duration: 56 minutes 34 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Louis Armstrong interview, first hour

Description: The first of five hours of Louis Armstrong talking at length about his life and career. In this hour, Armstrong discusses his early life and career, interspersed with musical selections.
Date: July 13, 1956
Duration: 58 minutes 21 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Dizzy Gillespie at Birdland

Description: A French-language program featuring Dizzy Gillespie performing at Birdland, along with an interview with John Hammond.
Date: July 2, 1956
Duration: 19 minutes 24 seconds
Creator: Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-1993 & Roberts, Bill
Partner: UNT Music Library
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The Orchestra of Washington, D.C., September 10, 1952

Description: The Orchestra of Washington, D.C., as heard on Willis Conover's radio program.
Date: September 10, 1952
Duration: 29 minutes 41 seconds
Creator: The Orchestra of Washington, D.C.
Partner: UNT Music Library

Sonotranjosti

Description: Recording of Bor Turel's Sonotranjosti.
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Date: 1956
Duration: 20 minutes 16 seconds
Creator: Turel, Bor
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Savremena Muzika Amerika: Danny Kaye

Description: The music of Danny Kaye is featured in a program apparently broadcast by the Voice of America's Yugoslav Service.
Date: 1956
Duration: 11 minutes 51 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library

Magazine of the Air "97": "A Short History of Jazz"

Description: A short Indonesian-language program on the history of jazz, including excerpts of recordings. "Magazine of the Air" was a weekly program of the Voice of America, broadcast on Tuesdays.
Date: August 18, 1959
Duration: 22 minutes 14 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Willis Conover interviews Danny Kaye

Description: Willis Conover interviews entertainer Danny Kaye, who was serving as an ambassador-at-large for the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
Date: June 28, 1956
Duration: 22 minutes 10 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis & Kaye, Danny
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Interview with W.C. Handy, Part I

Description: The first part of Willis Conover's extended interview with W.C. Handy. This recording is the raw audio, and includes a glitch in the tape in the opening seconds, and other preliminaries before the interview begins.
Date: 1956
Duration: 46 minutes 58 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library

Orphée 53

Description: Recording of Pierre Schaeffer's Orphée 53.
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Date: 1953
Duration: 6 minutes 56 seconds
Creator: Schaeffer, Pierre, 1910-1995
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Willis Conover presents The Orchestra of Washington, D.C., part 1

Description: Recording of a radio program by Willis Conover, featuring recorded selections by The Orchestra of Washington, D.C. Following the theme song, "Early Autumn," the program includes "Roundhouse," "Don't Worry 'Bout Me" (Lea Matthews, vocals), "Light Green," and "Don't Blame Me" (featuring trombonist Earl Swope).
Date: December 15, 1951
Duration: 14 minutes 47 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Willis Conover presents The Orchestra of Washington, D.C., part 2

Description: Continuation of a radio program by Willis Conover, featuring recorded selections by The Orchestra of Washington, D.C, including "Tiny's Blues," "I Cover the Waterfront" (Jack Maggio, vocals), "Not Really the Blues," "Early Autumn" (program theme), and comments by Conover.
Date: December 15, 1951
Duration: 14 minutes 51 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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