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Recordings of Conlon Nancarrow Compositions
By John Phillips

Hi Everyone.  Last Friday evening I attended a lecture on "Mathematics
and Music" here at the University of Tasmania.  Instead of the usual
stuff about octaves and thirds and so on, and how pipe lengths affect
the speaking frequency -- all interesting but fairly familiar -- he was
talking about analysing existing music for various relations between
successive notes and about his attempts to create new music on a
computer by using various simple rules about frequency and length of
tone in conjunction with a random number generator.

He played us a few examples with a prior warning that they sounded
strange.  He was right, but it was an interesting experience.

As the lecturer happens to be my niece's husband and because his
father-in-law happened to be staying with us for the weekend I invited
him home for a family get-together.  During the evening I asked him if
he had heard of Conlon Nancarrow.  He had not, so I attempted to relate
what I knew about that composer.  He seemed very interested so I said
I would try to find out if any commercial recordings are available of
his work.

Before writing this I went to the MMD Archives but there is no mention
there, as far as I can see, of any mention of CDs or records of
Nancarrow's work.  I did note the offer of Stephen King to copy his
tape of a radio broadcast and I have let my nephew-in-law know about

But does anybody know about any other recordings of Nancarrow music
besides those on piano rolls?

John Phillips in Hobart, Tasmania.

(Message sent Mon 14 Aug 2000, 01:29:42 GMT, from time zone GMT+1000.)

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