The Radio Art Hour: Terry Riley, Jon Rose (Audio)
Nov 20, 2021
Produced by Wave Farm Radio Artist Fellows and Artistic Director Tom Roe.
This week tune in for radio art works from Terry Riley and Jon Rose, both from the New American Radio archives (now hosted at WaveFarm.org). First, Terry Riley's "Autodreamographical Tales" from Jan. 1, 1996. "Autodreamographical Tales" is a brand new and excitingly different work from "the father of minimalism." It's an electro-acoustic radio opera based on a series of short stories from Riley's 1995 Dream Journal. All the music was inspire by and composed specifically and interactively with these tales. Also emerging and submerging from the text is a dream-like anthem, "The Circle of Wolves." Its text reveals the perceived apprehensions of artists, gays, immigrants and people of color who live in a sometimes hostile and button-downed society. Next tune in for Jon Rose's "The Long Sufferings of Anna Magdalena Bach" from Jan 1, 1998. "The Long Sufferings of Anna Magdalena Bach" is a set of variations on a recently discovered theme by Johann Sebastian Bach's second wife: mother of 13 children, hard-working housewife and composer. Colorful, intense and irreverent, this work presents Anna Magdalena in her own voice, commenting on her husband, their life together and on her times. It is an abridged version of a 45 minute commission of the ABC Australia's Listening Room series, 1996.