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Options March 26, 2014: Farewell to the Harry Partch collection? Charles Corey discusses the fate of Partch's unique musical instruments.

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Artist Track Album Label Approx. start time
Lee Morgan  Yes I Can, No You Can't (edit)   Options The Gigolo  Blue Note  0:00:00 ()
Charles Corey, Director of the Harry Partch Institute  interview seg 1   Options The fate of the Harry Partch Instrumentarium    0:04:12 ()
The Harry Partch Ensemble, dir. Danlee Mitchell  Barstow: Eight Hitchhiker Inscriptions from a Highway Railing at Barstow, California   Options The Harry Partch Collection, Vol. 2  CRI  0:13:34 ()
Charles Corey, Director of the Harry Partch Institute  interview seg 2   Options The fate of the Harry Partch Instrumentarium    0:23:13 ()
Harry Partch, Danlee Mitchell, and Elizabeth Gentry  San Francisco: A Setting of the Cries of Two Newsboys on a Foggy Night in the Twenties   Options The Harry Partch Collection, Vol. 2  CRI  0:31:21 ()
Harry Partch with ensemble  The Letter   Options The Harry Partch Collection, Vol. 2  CRI  0:34:47 ()
Charles Corey, Director of the Harry Partch Institute  interview seg 3   Options The fate of the Harry Partch Instrumentarium    0:43:13 ()
The Gate 5 Ensemble with Harry Partch  U.S. Highball - A Musical Account of a Transcontinental Hobo Trip   Options The Harry Partch Collection, Vol. 2  CRI  0:47:59 ()
DJ Keilidh  Yayo (Lana Del Rey cover)   Options That Gal Sure Can Very Sing! Vol. 33-1/3  DJ Keili  2:13:59 ()
Scala Choir and Kolacny Brothers  The Model   Options It All Leads to This  Fratelli  2:18:44 ()
Jenny O  Learned My Lesson (live)   Options Jam in the Van  Holy Trinity  2:22:25 ()
Mahogany Rush  Child of the Novelty   Options Child of the Novelty  Just a Minute  2:24:35 ()
Pet  Ride My Heart   Options The Last Time I Committed Suicide (OST)  Blue Note  2:28:52 ()
Shooby Taylor & Johnny Cash  I Walk the Line   Options Scattin' with the Man in Black  Key of Z  2:31:32 ()
Joanna Gruesome  Anti-Parent Cowboy Killers   Options Weird Sister  Slumberland  2:34:31 ()
Eggscafe  The Egg Song   Options Eggscafe  Eggscafe  2:37:04 ()
Beatallica  I Saw Her Standing There   Options Abbey Load  Oglio  2:38:23 ()
Beth Rowley  Beautiful Tomorrow   Options Beautiful Dreamer  Verve Forecast  2:46:05 ()

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 3/26/14 3:09pm rrg:

About bloody time.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 3/26/14 3:10pm rrg:

I'll never get those nine minutes back.
  Wed. 3/26/14 3:10pm Alison Porchnik:

I look forward to hearing some of the instruments today.
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 3:11pm Webhamster Henry:

Looking forward to this, as an old Microtonailst myself and erstwhile webmaster/webhamster and board member of the American Festival of Microtonal Music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 3/26/14 3:11pm common:

lookin' forward to this interview, irwin!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 3/26/14 3:11pm common:

@Webhamster: are you really on that board?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 3/26/14 3:12pm common:

goddam, i wish i could house those.
Avatar Wed. 3/26/14 3:14pm northguineahills:

So, UC-San Diego no longer have a collection of his instruments?
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 3:14pm Webhamster Henry:

I was - I moved out of NYC and couldn't go to the meetings. However, they have some shows coming up as usual, www.afmm.org
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 3/26/14 3:15pm steve:

wowwee, just look at that stuff
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 3/26/14 3:17pm common:

@Webhamster: that's great! thanks for the link!
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 3:18pm Webhamster Henry:

"Corporeal music" is what he was about - musicians on stage, in costume, acting, dancing, a whole theatre experience.
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 3:19pm Webhamster Henry:

There was a good show at LaMaMa of "Petals" and a few other pieces with dancers dressed as giant sponge-like things.
  Wed. 3/26/14 3:20pm jan:

Partch Instrumentarium: Very important issue. It would be a sad loss to
lose this resource.
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 3:23pm Webhamster Henry:

Listen carefully for the one F-word near the end of Barstow, unless this recording removes it.
  Wed. 3/26/14 3:33pm Giant sponge-like thing:

What do you mean "dressed up as"? What are you saying?
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 3:34pm Webhamster Henry:

They were people pretending to be you.
  Wed. 3/26/14 3:34pm Giant sponge-like thing:

I'm calling my agent . . .
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 3:38pm Webhamster Henry:

Well, here's a video from that show .. not the sponge-y part though.
Avatar Wed. 3/26/14 3:42pm MikeY:

Theremin on Acid
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 3:43pm Webhamster Henry:

What's become of Dean Drummond's Newband instruments (Zoomoozophone)?
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 3:43pm Irwin:

  Wed. 3/26/14 3:44pm Serendipity:

Irwin! Corey!
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 3:44pm Irwin:

BTW, Joe Frank episode will start around 4:20.
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 3:44pm Irwin:

Henry: Dean's instruments belong to his widow, Stephani Starin. She will reclaim them.
Avatar Wed. 3/26/14 3:45pm MikeY:

They'll blow their blue-toopers, they'll bang their ta-tinkers. They'll blow their Who-whoopers, they'll bang their gar-dinkers.
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 3:46pm Webhamster Henry:

It's true that the "dungeon scene" in 5000 Fingers of Dr. T is VERY like a Partch concert.
Avatar Wed. 3/26/14 3:47pm MikeY:

Good stuff. I wonder if the Hyde Collection would take these instruments?? Just a thought
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 3:47pm Irwin:

Henry: I had the same thought first time I saw T5KF.
  Wed. 3/26/14 3:48pm Smithsonian Institute:

How come we're not all over this?
  Wed. 3/26/14 3:49pm MrFab:

For my West Coast peeps, check out the on-going MicroFest in L.A., featuring John Schneider's Partch group. They usually play "Barstow".
  Wed. 3/26/14 3:49pm lee:

You can play the instruments. Virtually. (way cool) http://musicmavericks.publicradio.org/features/feature_partch.html#marimba And listen to even MORE of Harry's music!
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 3:50pm Webhamster Henry:

I wonder if RPI's EMPAC has some room for them.
  Wed. 3/26/14 3:51pm Serendipity:

@Smithsonian: Um, because you do safe. You do not do out-there.
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 3:52pm Webhamster Henry:

The AFMM concert on April 13th has Lyrics of Li Po (Partch) at Spectrum.
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 3:53pm Webhamster Henry:

the replicas should be better, because Harry was not really a carpenter
  Wed. 3/26/14 3:54pm Serendipity:

If Partch was a carpenter, and I were a lady...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 3/26/14 3:58pm common:

this is great!
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 3:58pm Webhamster Henry:

Partch was a pioneer of indie record biz. GATE5 was how he distributed recordings of his pieces, which was an important (if small) income source for him.
  Wed. 3/26/14 4:02pm ?:

i do not no this irwin but i lik him bc i just tuyrn on an d HERE IS PARTCH. well done irwin
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 4:04pm TDK60:

Music for hitchhikers and riders of rails.
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 4:07pm Webhamster Henry:

These pieces are based on Partch's diary entries when he was riding the rails himself.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 3/26/14 4:08pm joe:

Sorry to say I have not been able to give this show the attention I would love to because of work. So disappointed I have not been able to focus more on it
  Wed. 3/26/14 4:09pm ?:

no prob jo i took yer place
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 4:10pm Webhamster Henry:

The WFMU Archive to the rescue!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 3/26/14 4:11pm Lewis:

Bitter Music, the collection of his journal writings during his hobo days is a remarkable book - bits of music written in with the proseā€¦ You can almost see him thinking! It has been recorded but the narrator was a truly unfortunate choice given the material.
  Wed. 3/26/14 4:11pm r i s k y:

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR DOING THIS IRWIN. I had to opportunity to see the Partch Institute last year, it was great. I will be attending Carnagie Hall as well.
  Wed. 3/26/14 4:14pm paul Martin:

Sadly missed the beginning as you are on Daylight Saving Time whilst it's still winter here in U.K.!
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 4:14pm Irwin:

FYI: The archived version will have the engineering miscues REMOVED.
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 4:14pm Webhamster Henry:

@Lewis: it's true Warren Burt doesn't sound much like Partch, but he knows his microtonality. Look up some of his pieces - I was playing one of old cassettes earlier this week.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 3/26/14 4:16pm steve:

thanks Lewis, im going to have to check that out.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 3/26/14 4:17pm Lewis:

thanks @Webhamster Henry! I find his reading to be too sappy, but I will look at some of his other work.
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 4:17pm Webhamster Henry:

@steve visit innova's site; they published a lot of great obscure Partch stuff. www.innova.mu
  Wed. 3/26/14 4:18pm ?:

haha iriwn you will correct miscues ;)))) controverial!@@!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 3/26/14 4:19pm steve:

very cool. thanks Henry.
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 4:20pm Webhamster Henry:

www.innova.mu... Enclosure III (the scrapbook) is particularly jaw dropping.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 3/26/14 4:23pm steve:

WHOA has this been mentioned yet? play some virtual Partch instuments!
  Wed. 3/26/14 4:23pm lee:

PS Delusion of the Fury album had a 2nd disk with an intro from Harry about the instruments. Priceless. (Especially the bass marimba) Not included with the CD. Sniff-sniff.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 3/26/14 4:25pm common:

thanks, everyone, for the links! lemme know if you need some help with that move, irwin.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 3/26/14 4:25pm steve:

thanks Irwin
  Wed. 3/26/14 4:26pm Al Stewart:

Hey!, oh, 'at' the border. :(
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 4:26pm Webhamster Henry:

@Lee It's on the Innova 2 collection (with the aforementioned Bitter Music readings, Partche rarities and "Harry's wake")
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 3/26/14 4:28pm Lewis:

Thanks Irwin, Corey, Webhamster Henry and everyone else!
  Wed. 3/26/14 4:29pm Dion:

I was a wanderer once.
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 4:35pm Webhamster Henry:

This show is kind of made for me - I also was the first person to do Joe Frank's website.

Avatar Wed. 3/26/14 4:38pm Serpico:

Joe Frank is just incredible, such monumental work. it's the reason i started listening to your show :)
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 4:41pm Irwin:

I'll provide updates on the disposition of the Partch collection. When it needs to be moved, I'll put out the word for volunteers. As many of you as possible should attend the April 25 farewell concert.
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 4:41pm AnAnonymousParty:

What? 16 umbrellas? Really? I think I'm at 4 and I'm 54. Either I've been lucky, or I'm about to start having a really tough time with umbrellas.
Avatar Wed. 3/26/14 4:42pm Droll:

[nodding solemnly at JF's umbrella monograph excerpt] The new Microsoft electronic headband umbrella makes you wish for the good ol' upside-down style.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 3/26/14 4:43pm Andrew Waterloo:

I think Joe makes up some of his facts for dramatic effect.
Avatar Wed. 3/26/14 4:45pm Droll:

AW, Absolutely not -- these stories are real. Many stories are based on my life, so I know they're real. Please don't ask about the "Hit me with your Punishing Rod" episode.
  Wed. 3/26/14 4:46pm Eric:

getting into Hardy White territory
Avatar Wed. 3/26/14 4:50pm Serpico:

he literally does drill a hole :0
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 4:52pm AnAnonymousParty:

I'm glad he added "to drafts".
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 3/26/14 4:56pm common:

thanks again irwin! have a fine eve, everyone!
Avatar Wed. 3/26/14 4:57pm Serpico:

i wouldn't be able to sleep in a room with a dead body either.
Avatar Wed. 3/26/14 5:20pm mariano:

Thanks for the (semi) weekly dose of vitamin J, Irwin!
Avatar Wed. 3/26/14 5:20pm glenn:

hmmm. i've been working with power tools for 40 years, and that doesn't sound like a drill to me.
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 5:21pm Webhamster Henry:

He's also on Facebook, his posts are like mini-Joe Frank shows.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 3/26/14 5:25pm rrg:

This is disturbingly good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 3/26/14 5:29pm rrg:

I was just playing this. Do you have spyware installed on my system?
  Wed. 3/26/14 5:31pm Dieter:

Yay Kraftwerke!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 3/26/14 5:35pm rrg:

You don't HAVE to play obscure CanCon. It's not the law.
Avatar Wed. 3/26/14 5:37pm glenn:

mahogany rush isn't THAT obscure. it's not like he's playing change of heart or something.
  Wed. 3/26/14 5:38pm Robert:

"Child of the Novelty" winds up like "You Can't Always Get What You Want".
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 3/26/14 5:40pm rrg:

Or Lava Hay.
  Wed. 3/26/14 5:40pm Jon Roy (BitterMusic):

Thanks for this program on our Partch project, Irwin! I'll be posting new videos on the rehearsals, instrument restoration, and more on our fundraising site: igg.me...
Avatar Wed. 3/26/14 5:41pm Droll:

That is indeed a very obscure Rush album: all three members quit at that point and it was entirely performed by studio musicians until the band reformed. Sounds nothing like 'em, I think.
Avatar Wed. 3/26/14 5:41pm glenn:

i used to know the lava hay chicks.
Avatar Wed. 3/26/14 5:42pm glenn:

suzanne and.......something.
  Wed. 3/26/14 5:42pm Kathy:

Shooby! The human horn! Made me look!!
Avatar Wed. 3/26/14 5:42pm Rich in Washington:

OMG, Irwin! Is this for real, or did someone create it after the fact?
Avatar Wed. 3/26/14 5:43pm Droll:

Johnny walks the line -- Shooby crosses it, then kicks dirt on top of it, and scats at you.
Avatar Wed. 3/26/14 5:44pm Rich in Washington:

Google searches of things on Irwin's show often leads one right back to the very playlist one was searching from...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 3/26/14 5:44pm rrg:

No one plays Shooby except Irwin, and Irwin doesn't play enough of him.
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 5:45pm Irwin:

I steal stuff from my own shows!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 3/26/14 5:45pm rrg:

Rich, that means something, in an information-theoretic sense.
Avatar Wed. 3/26/14 5:47pm Droll:

Adults pretending to sing like children is more annoying than Jandek to the Yoko'th power.
  Wed. 3/26/14 5:47pm Alison Porchnik:

I love eggs that much too.
Avatar Wed. 3/26/14 5:47pm Rich in Washington:

yes, it's a nerdy compliment. Actually, it was first pointed out by Vickie Bennett, as another rabid listener to WFMU programs. I've often found that's the case, though, that most really peculiar songs seem to be played first (or at least playlisted) on a WFMU show.
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 5:48pm Irwin:

thanks to AP for the EGG SONG. There's a video too. She should post the link.
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 5:48pm ranjit:

I'm'a let you finish but this is the best egg song of all time: www.youtube.com...
Avatar Wed. 3/26/14 5:49pm Droll:

AP, Yes, link please. I need to check for a possible Quadfecta.
  Wed. 3/26/14 5:49pm jeff in puna:

Great hetfield impression! Hello all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 3/26/14 5:50pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Lars or Starr(s)?
  Wed. 3/26/14 5:51pm Alison Porchnik:

There is no link. It's a file on my computer.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 3/26/14 5:52pm rrg:

Post it to YouTube, AP.

Or send it to me and I'll post it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 3/26/14 5:56pm Alison Porchnik:

If any of you can still play a shockwave file, here's the link folks. www.dropbox.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 3/26/14 5:58pm rrg:

That's it. That's all. See youse later. Thanks to our host.
Avatar Wed. 3/26/14 5:58pm Droll:

Thanks Irwin, and have a fun week yinz!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 3/26/14 5:59pm rrg:

Got it, thanks, AP.
Avatar    Wed. 3/26/14 8:16pm Bas NL:

Recently i found a documentary about former salt mines that are now used for storage of valuable and rare materials. Very secluded, but it might be a safe storage for Partche's beautiful instruments? www.undergroundvaults.com
  Thu. 3/27/14 11:35am Philip Blackburn:

Thanks for the Partch airing. Betty Freeman was indeed a blessing in later years but Madeline Tourtelot of Chicago (and many others) was a long term angel and artistic collaborator.

Youtube does have versions of some of the films but the whole collection has been digitally remastered for the Enclosures Harry Partch series on innova (archival CDs, book, and DVDs): https://www.innova.mu/composers/harry-partch
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