B.P.R.D. – 05/11/2009

Two rare 1962 Harry Partch LPs on his Gate 5 Records label managed to find their way (temporarily, sadly) into my hands, and make up this week’s show.

The Wayward has three famous “speech music” pieces, played in order of appearance: “U.S. Highball,” “The Letter” and “Ulysses at the Edge.”

Plectra & Percussion Dances also has three pieces, but we only had time for “Castor & Pollux – A Dance for the Twin Rhythms of Gemini” and “Ring Around The Moon.” Both LPs include selections excerpted from longer works, which can be found in more complete versions on these two reissue CDs on New World. There’s tons of stuff about Partch online, of course, including this neat site exploring the instruments he created – it even lets you try your virtual hand at them.

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