Modern music

Other Minds Archive

(AUDIO) – Radio programs from the San Francisco new music organization. Many of the episodes feature interviews with the composers.

This list shows at a glance many of the composers you will find in the collection. It’s not comprehensive, it doesn’t include all of the many theme programs and performances. I hope to create a separate listing for Sound Poetry and Sound Art from Other Minds. For many of the artists there are multiple programs which are not listed here, such as the many programs devoted to John Cage.


George Antheil – Bad Boy of Music
Robert Ashley
Robbie Basho
Cathy Berberian
Alex Blake
Pierre Boulez
Henry Brant
Anthony Braxton – 1971 interview; 1985 interview
Gavin Bryars
Harold Budd
John Cage – an intro to Cage; short piece for toy piano; Cage & Feldman in conversation, Solo for Voice 58: 18 Microtonal Ragas; and more.
Elliott Carter
Henry Cowell
Alvin Curran/MEV
Francis Dhomont
Paul Dresher – 1986 interview/music
English Experimental Composers of the 1970s (Bryars, Cardew, Hobbs)
Brian Eno – includes samples from his tape collection
Luc Ferrari – Les Émois d’Aphrodite
Ellen Fullman & Kronos Quartet – long string instrument with string quartet
Lou Harrison – on gamelan; music for tack piano; his 78 rpm record collection
Alan Hovhaness
Jerry Hunt
India – field recordings
Mauricio Kagel
Henry Kaiser
Annea Lockwood
Alvin Lucier – Islands; Tan – Nothing is Real
Witold Lutoslawski – interview
Tigran Mansurian
Michael Mantler
Richard Maxfield
Darius Milhaud – concert of his music
Charlotte Moorman
Conlon Nancarrow – interview; music
Phill Niblock
Per Nørgård – 1970 interview
Michael Nyman – “The Piano” soundtrack live; “Manhatta”; “Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi”; String Quartet No. 3
Pauline Oliveros
Leo Ornstein – his music and a phone conversation on his 100th birthday
Charlemagne Palestine
Harry Partch
Astor Piazzolla
Eliane Radigue
Steve Reich
The Residents
Terry Riley
Ned Rorem
Dane Rudhyar – two piano works
Peter Sculthorpe – 1983 interview & Piano Concerto
Nicolas Slonimsky – musicology lecture; on Frank Zappa
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji
Karlheinz Stockhausen – 1967 interview
Igor Stravinsky – in rehearsal
James Tenney
Edgar Varese – Documentary; on Ionisation w/Slonimsky
Ivan Wyschnegradsky
La Monte Young – work for a gong struck 42 times; Eternal Music; 1984 interview
John Zorn
Sound Poetry – Intro (Schwitters, Henri Chopin, etc.); Charles Amirkhanian’s first 1750 Arch Records LP

New Music Seances – recorded at the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church, these concerts offer an imaginative mix of contemplative piano miniatures.
Other Minds Festival – recordings of the annual concert series


(MOVING IMAGES) – A series of discussions and performances with leading artists of today’s improvisational music scene, organized by the ROVA Saxophone Quartet. New programs are being added to the Archive and eventually this series will reside in the Other Minds collection.

ROVA Saxophone Quartet
Oliver Lake
Fred Frith
Nels Cline
Ned Rothenberg
Carla Kihlstedt
Miya Masaoka
Gino Robair

John Ronsheim

(AUDIO) – History of contemporary Western classical music lectures with the Antioch College (Ohio) Professor. More than twenty lectures. According to one citation, Prof. Ronsheim lived in Italy after the war, attended Darmstadt, and met many of the composers whom he discusses. Lecture of November 28 covers Dallapiccola, Goethe Lieder, early Musique Concrète, electronic music by Boulez and Stockhausen, early Nono, Webern’s Op. 21. Classroom administrative content has been edited from the recordings. See for more details.

Naxos Classical Music Spotlight

A series of short podcast documentaries from the Naxos label: John Adams, Bartok, Cage, Copeland, Philip Glass, Hovhaness, Ives, Mahler, Arvo Part, Shostakovich, Takemitsu, and more.


Nicolas Slonimsky – Baker’s Biographical Dictionary Of Musicians
Landmark classical music reference tome, nearly 2000 pages. This is the 5th edition from 1958. (The last publication during Slonimsky’s lifetime was the 8th edition of 1992.)

Willi Apel – Harvard Dictionary of Music (6th printing, 1950, 850 pages)

Charles Ives – Essays Before a Sonata
Claude Debussy – writings, scores, studies of Debussy
Leo Ornstein
Ezra Pound’s 1927 book on George Antheil, with a beautiful flip-book display (shown).
Several books on Stravinksy, including his autobiography, conversations, E.W. White.
Short piano scores from the early 1920s by Henry Cowell: Fabric ; What’s This; The Voice of Lir (with Leo Ornstein’s ‘A la Chinoise’); Amiable Conversation.

Experimental music

– mostly non-classical, but including some musique concrète works, from the Netlabels subcollection:


Francis Dhomont remixes

Jordon Zorker

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