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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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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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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 #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 #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 #695-B, Hungarian Jazz Guests

Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, aired on November 23, 1956. This program features Hungarian jazz musicians who sent a recording to Conover shortly before the Hungarian Uprising of 1956; this hour was apparently was quickly assembled to replace the original program #695-B which had been recorded in October, but set aside for this replacement. The musicians remain unnamed, presumably for their safety, as Conover notes that it is unknown whether the musicians in the recording were still alive. Gerry Mulligan, Tony Scott, Quincy Jones, J.J. Johnson, and Billy Taylor comment on the musical selections.
Date: November 21, 1956
Duration: 1 hour 59 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, 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

Quintaesencia

Description: Recording of Julio Roloff's, Quintaesencia. This piece features a wide ambience of frequencies, Roland piano improv, and electronically produced sounds. The frequent changes in energy and direction allow for free flowing ambient sections and intense section with strict rhythm.
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Date: 1951
Duration: 12 minutes 13 seconds
Creator: Roloff, Julio
Partner: UNT Music Library

Poem in Cycles and Bells

Description: Recording of Otto Luening's Poem in Cycles and Bells.
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Date: 1954
Duration: 14 minutes 25 seconds
Creator: Luening, Otto, 1900-1996
Partner: UNT Music Library
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[Donald Chipman Audio: Lamar Hunt]

Description: Audio recording of Donald E. Chipman interviewing with Lamar Hunt. Hunt was the principal founder of the American Football League (AFL) and Major League Soccer (MLS). He was also the founder and owner of the Kansas City Chiefs (formerly known as Dallas Texans). Hunt passed away on December 13, 2006.
Date: [1952,1969]
Duration: 1 hour 1 minute 57 seconds
Creator: Chipman, Donald E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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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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Pop Chronicles Interviews #131 - Nat "King" Cole

Description: Interview with Nat "King" Cole by a Voice of America interviewer identified as Walter. The mention of Cole's NBC television show narrows the possible date range to 1956 or 1957.
Date: 1956~/1957~
Duration: 13 minutes 31 seconds
Creator: Gilliland, John
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music USA #621-B

Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, broadcast September 10, 1956.
Date: August 14, 1956
Duration: 1 hour 28 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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Music USA #770-B, Duke Ellington Hour

Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, featuring the music of Duke Ellington, with selections from the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival, including the entirety of "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue." This program was broadcast on February 6, 1957.
Date: January 9, 1957
Duration: 1 hour 29 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Interview with W.C. Handy, Part II

Description: The second part of Willis Conover's extended interview with W.C. Handy.
Date: 1956
Duration: 29 minutes 07 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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