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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Thursday, October 29, 1970

Page Two THE MICHIGAN DAILY Thursday, October 29, 1970

Electronic media:
The free-form style

music
Boring musical Directions'

By JONATHAN MILLER
Even if the profit motive lies
beneath virtually all use of the
electronic media, radio and tele-
vision, there are some good pro-
grams to be seen and heard and
some of them are unique to Ann
Arbor. '
The type of highly individual-
istic "free-form" approach to
radio, which made its appear-
ance on the West Coast only
three years ago, has spread
across the continent until there
is now an "underground" radio
station in nearly every large
city in the United States.
While often these stations are
public service corporations and
non-profit enterprises, run by
University students, every now
and again, as if by accident, a
creative D-J finds his, way onto
the ether to amuse, bemuse and
stimulate an audience which
actually listens to, and hears, a
program in an esthetic level.
One of those stations, where
underground radio has man-
aged to exist without play lists
or a format of any kind, is
WNRZ-FM stereo which boasts
radio as an art form every night
of the week from 9:00 p.m. to
"five fifty four thirty," which
means in the trade,5:54 and 30
seconds, a.m.
While a possible diaority of
students listei to stations such
as WABX, play lists' and all, a
small but fast 'gr wing corps of
music lovers is tufing in to Lar-
ry Monroe's radio program at
1:00 a.m. each day to listen to
a positively bewildering experi-
ence in radio.
Larry's show is put together
around whatever he feels like
communicating, be it the state
of the nation of the state of the
music industry.
Caustic and cynical in his
dealings with the straight me-
dia's approach to music broad-
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casting Larry struggles, with in-
ferior equipment and an inade-
quate library to keep his show
on the air, in the hope that
enough people will listen in to
prevent the p r o g r a m from
floundering for lack of ratings.
There should be no problem
with ratings since Larry has,
without any doubt at all, the
finest program in South East
Michigan for not so rocky
rock'n'roll, progressive country
and spoken word, blues and
some jazz.
Making extensive use of al-
bums by the Firesign Theatre
and Lenny Bruce upon which he
hangs the rest of the program,
his framework of top-class satire
and high quality music, should
make his show a must for a
supposedly intelligent listening
public, composed in the most
part by students.
With public service emphasis
on telling people about the serv-
ices available to the youth com-
munity in the city and with
radio news that is often artistic
as well as newsy,rit would be
thought that Larry was the
most listened to phenomena this
side of WABX, but not so-at
least, not yet.
Many students never even
move their FM dials past 101,
which is WXYZ, or below 99.5,
which is WABX and it is with a
certain type of bemused amaze-
ment that anyone ever discovers
a station on 102.9. Those that
do move their dials up that far
rarely move them back.
Larry's program has become
an avante guarde talking piece
in campus society, and, for sure,
more people are turning on all
the time. The only problem is,
will they turn on fast enough to
save the show from death at the
hands of just one more scream-
ing D-J and top 40 mentality.
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By JOE PEHRSON
I'm beginning to tire of
writing bad reviews of Contem-
porary Directions concerts. It
amazes me that some of what is
currently considered "establish-
ed"music is actually as trite as
much of the music heard on
these programs.
Last night at Rackham Audi-
torium, the second in a series
of concerts in the Contemporary
Music Festival was presented by
the School of Music.
It.seems really illogical and
certainly an extension of un-
favorable criticism to state that
there was only one piece on the
program that had any great
amount of musical interest.
This was the case. "Interpola-
tion," by Haubenstock-Ramati,
a work for flute accompanied
by pre-recorded tapes of flute
sound, was the only original
and vibrant work on the pro-
gram.
Ramati has created a beauti-
ful piece. Beginning with a flute
solo, this work expands in space
as the accompaniment, the pre-'
recorded flute, is added. Ramati,
unfortunately, is not particular-
ly interested in emotional con-
tent in his works but concen-
trates instead on describing con-
tours in what is essentially a
cubical, and partially gestural,
method of unfolding.
Emotion was not really stated,
but I felt an analogy to the
cubical musical structure was
stated in the physical design of
the piece, the placement of the
sound events.
The soloist, Nelson Hauen-
stein, formed one vertex of an
equilateral triangle; the other
points were formed by the tape,
sounds. Ramati gave the im-
pression of creating, in this
mathematical p 1 a c e m e n t of
sound, an analogy to his type of
composition: essentially a math-

enratical and cubical statement.
This is a beautiful piece, and
one of the very few which might
be described as in the "gestural"
tradition-a method of composi-
tion in which separate and dis-
tinct musical gestures are re-
lated one with another. Ramati's
piece really bothers to reconcile
these separate elements.
The Chudacoff work "Five
Pieces for Piano" sounded quite
well, but was decidedly unorigi-
nal. The performance, by Dady
Metha, in some respect compen-
sated for a piece which falls
somewhere in the serial-Schoen-
berg- Stockhausen tradition (at
practically the half-way point
between these two composers)
without really describing a style
of its own.
Alberto Ginastera might be
defined as a "good" composer in
what is currently considered the
established contemporary tradi-
tion. This is "good" music, but
somehow seems to just barely
make it above this line (a some-
what arbitrary line-again, like
everything else, this is point of
view).
One of the high points of the

"Concerto Per Corde" was a re-
conciliation of a semi-tone motif
in the first movement, 'Varia-
bioni per i solisti," with sections
of refreshing slavic folk ele-
ments (reminiscent of Bartok)
near the end. Another was an
interesting section of glissandi
in the second movement, but
aside from these rather separat-
ed statements, the work had
little interest. Conductor Theo
Alcantara was a time machine.
The last piece by Ginistera,
"Bomarzo," I found downright
offensive. This work is based on
a sickengly romatic tale of the
Duke of Bomarzo and, in the
composer's own words: "I see
Bomarzo not as a man or the
Renaissance, but as a man of
our time. We live nowadays in
an age of anxiety, an age of sex,
an age of violence . . ." Ho Hum.
Ginastera lacks an under-
standing of a process which
might be seen as only an exten-
sion of what has gone before,
and not a complete revalation
particular only to this time.
He has decidedly overstated
his point; I hope some people
were impressed.

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American Field Service meeting, Sun.,
Nov. 1, 7:00 p.m. 3C, Union.
Christian Science Organization, To-
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Creative Arts Festival Mass Meeting,
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math of a scurrilous advertising
campaign by the Republican Party
accusing Democrats of being per-
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Now Len is back for more-this
time at the County level. County,
unlike City government administers
welfare and controls the Sheriff's
budget. While Len does not believe
in giving away the entire 'public
treasury to welfare recipients or
handcuffing the Sheriff, he does
hope to bring about some needed
improvements in both areas.
You can help.
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1970 Festival of
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THIRD CONCERT
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 8:00 P.M.
Hill Auditorium
Guest composer: Alberto Ginastera
Ives: Psalm 54
Ginastera: Two Chorales from the opera Bomadzo
Schoenberg: Veroundenheit, De Profundis

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