KPFA-FM Music Dept. Audio Collection

Other Minds Archives
333 Valencia St. Suite 303
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 934-8134 x305
E-mail: adrienne@otherminds.org
© 2011


Descriptive Summary

Title: KPFA-FM Music Dept. audio collection
Dates: 1949-1995
Collection number: Consult organization's archives department.
Creator: KPFA (Radio Station: Berkeley, Calif.)
Collector: Other Minds (organization)
Collection Size: Approximately 4,700 items
Repository: Other Minds Archives
San Francisco, CA 94103
Abstract: Compiled from 1949 to 1995, this collection of primarily analog reel-to-reel audiotapes embodies decades of innovative new music radio programming, specialized in 20th Century new music, but whose content also reflects a variety of musical forms rarely represented by commercial media. The collection features live concert recordings, other musical recordings, interviews, performance art and symposia, covering artists whose backgrounds range from the classical conservatories to the counter-cultural underground movement of the 1960s.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

A digital portion of the collection is publicly accessible. Access restricted to physical collection maintained at a remote storage facility.

Publication Rights

Physical property rights reside with Other Minds (OM). Copyright over the materials are retained by their creators and/or estates and affiliates. For permission inquiries please contact OM Archives.

Preferred Citation

KPFA-FM Music Dept. audio collection. Other Minds Archives, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Acquisition Information

Transfer from Pacifica Station KPFA-FM, in 2000.

Biography/Organization History

KPFA-FM

KPFA-FM in Berkeley was an influential participant in the development of the Bay Area as a national center for new music. It gained an international reputation for its music programming early on, after being founded in 1949. Up until 1992, its Music Directors were always composers or critics in the classical music field. From 1969-1992, composer Charles Amirkhanian (Executive & Artistic Director of Other Minds) served as Music Director for KPFA. During his tenure the station initiated a number of unusual series, one of which was then the longest-running continuous program on avant-garde music in American radio history (Ode to Gravity, 1970-1995). Aside from the contemporary music programming the station was known for, it also broadcast a variety of programs focusing on bluegrass, opera, world music, jazz, folk, pop, and gospel; many recordings of which are also contained within the collection.

Other Minds

Other Minds (OM) is a non-profit organization in San Francisco dedicated to the encouragement and propagation of contemporary music in all its forms through multiple outlets including a yearly festival, an artist residency program, a record label, preservation project, and a radio program on KALW, San Francisco.

Scope and Content of Collection

Compiled from 1949 to 1995, this collection of primarily analog reel-to-reel audiotapes embodies decades of innovative musical radio programming, whose content reflects a variety of musical forms rarely represented by commercial media. The collection features live concert recordings, other musical recordings, interviews, performance art, and symposia, covering artists whose backgrounds range from the classical conservatories to the counter-cultural underground movement of the 1960s.
An example of some of the artists represented in the collection include John Cage, Lou Harrison, George Antheil, Laurie Anderson, Frank Zappa, Henry Cowell, Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley, Virgil Thomson, Brian Eno, Pierre Boulez, Conlon Nancarrow, Dane Rudhyar, Nicolas Slonimsky, Anthony Braxton, Harry Partch, Ernst Krenek, Roger Sessions.
Accessible materials can be browsed online at radiOM.org ( http://www.radiom.org ).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Classical Music
20th Century Classical
21st Century Classical
Orchestral Music
Chamber Music
Opera
New Music
Minimalism
Microtonal Music
Avant-Garde
Art Songs
Jazz
Free Improvisation
Folk Music
World Music
Popular Music
Motion Picture Music
Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Music Theater
Performance Art
Interactive Art
Mechanical Music
Unconventional Instruments
Soundscapes
Poetry
Sound Poetry
Literature
Hörspiel
Modern Art
Current Events
Field Recordings