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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 … more
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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 th… more
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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

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 #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 th… more
Date: November 21, 1956
Duration: 1 hour 59 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
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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
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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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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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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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[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 #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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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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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 #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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News Close-Up, WNEW, December 13, 1959

Description: This episode of News Close-Up offers "a preview of July, 1960," in a program about U.S. politics and the upcoming presidential election.
Date: December 13, 1959
Duration: 21 minutes 14 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis & Weldon, Martin
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music USA #1666-B, Warsaw, Poland

Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, broadcast July 22, 1959. This episode was the third of a series following Conover's trip to Poland earlier that year, and featured the second part of the first concert at the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall during Conover's visit.
Date: June 7, 1959
Duration: 45 minutes 46 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music USA #434-B, Interview with Bob Shad

Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Bob Shad, director of artists and repertoire (A&R) at Mercury Records, broadcast March 7, 1956.
Date: January 26, 1956
Duration: 59 minutes 35 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music from Trinidad, Part 1

Description: One of two reels of music from Trinidad found in Willis Conover's collection. The artists and recording date have not been determined.
Date: April 17, 1956
Duration: 27 minutes 26 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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