Miscellaneous KRAB music programs - 1970s
Classical, Contemporary, Ethnic, Jazz, Electronic, Traditional, Blues, Baroque, Early
Here you will find samples, some complete shows, many partial recordings, of music programs heard on KRAB, listed in rough chronological order. Where we have found multiple recordings of a series of programs, they have been placed in their own pages, which are accessible through the Audio Archives main menu.
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An Interview with Morton Subotnick - Rec Feb 22 or 24, 1971; KRAB Apr 14, 1971
9:15 One of the originators of electronic music in this country, a man who co-founded the San Francisco Tape Library, who has been Musical Director of Lincoln Center, and who is now primarily interested in the theatrical uses of mixed media. He is presently on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. Interviewed for KRAB by Nick (Baltic) Johnson.
10:00 The Wild Bull - a composition for electronic-music synthesizer by Morton Subotnick. (A Nonesuch Records Commission, 1967)
This was recorded when Morton Subotnick was in Seattle for two concerts sponsored by New Dimensions in Music and performed at A Contemporary Theatre on lower Queen Anne hill. When broadcast on KRAB, the interview was followed by an airing of Subnotick's composition "The Wild Bull", which was not included in the concert, but was in the KRAB library. There were three works performed at ACT:
Announcing, and joining Nick with a question, sounds like Phil Bannon.
For more about Morton Subotnick see www.mortonsubotnick.com
Recording courtesy Jack Straw Foundation, PA0181; The Wild Bull courtesy Morton Subotnick
“Between the Lines”, a composition by Philip Munger - KRAB Nov 25, 1972
Phil Munger studied music composition at Oberlin and at the University of Washington and served as KRAB’s co-Music director, News Director, and producer of the morning program from 1970 until 1973, when he left Seattle for the wilds of Alaska. He describes this piece, one of his experimental programs, created for KRAB, as his “Goodbye!” to hosting the morning show and working at KRAB. The work is now in his catalog as Op. 10, No. 2.
Program guide description: "Echoes & silent sections from some colossal Romantic works, re-oriented through, tape, permutation (& other such tricks)"
Assisting in the production were the following:
Michael Wiater – voice
Since the over-the-air recording was made at the house of volunteer Leslie Mohrman, located on the south side of Queen Anne, KRAB’s signal had to traverse many obstacles and unfortunately seems to have suffered from multipath distortion which added some of the whooshing and swishing noises. At least that is what may be happening in some places.
These days Phil is still in Alaska, composing, conducting, teaching, and writing. There is an autobiographical sketch at firedoglake. More of his music can be found at Music of Philip Munger. And his writings about politics and the environment can be found on his blog Progressive Alaska.
Recording courtesy Phil Munger
Roswell with Live Jazz: The Chrono Synclastic Infundibula - Aug 12, 1973
This was probably one of the first live music broadcasts from firehouse 25. Since a lot of guides from 1973 are missing from the archive, we can't know exactly what was scheduled the night of Aug 12th, but the tape label says this:
Roswell and the musicians may be annoyed as the levels change dramatically at the gaps, but I've left them in anyway. Bob Friede's (music director and general manager of that time) Sharpie scrawl is distinctive on the tape label.
Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv M-1583
The Labyrinth, with Pamela Jennings - Rec Dec 17, 1973; KRAB soon thereafter
THE LABYRINTH comes creeping after 'im, creeping, crawling and confusing with the light. Pamela holds on to the ball of twine. (As described in Feb 1974 guide)
"The Labyrinth" is only found scheduled in a few guides between Feb and Apr 1974, for Tuesday nights, alternating with Gary Danzl, and Pamela's other late night program "Underwater Ballet". This recording starts with Tom Berghan playing lute; followed by Bob Gronenthal playing guitar; Tom Berghan again; Pamela reads a bit from John Donne while Tom plays; and then Bob Gronenthal returns and plays piano. Details are on the tape label, although the order of play is a little different.
Recording courtesy Jack Straw Foundation M0216
The Tibetan Book of the Wet - KRAB Sep 3, 1975, recorded Aug 18, 1975
A walk through the KRAB rain forest, realized the day the roof leaked everywhere. An impromptu composition. ("Liquid" -- the Daily Rag.) With the KRAB Aqua-Infinity Arkestra, Including: Jeff Follette, ethereal space conduit; Leila Gorbman, Pepsi can: Lee Read, orange juice bottle and shovel; Chuck Reinsch, tape, jar, and vacuum cleaner hose; Johnny Walker, heating grate: Stu Witmer, conduit and soprano buckets; Greg Palmer, bass buckets; Shanti, styrofoam cup; Bob Weppner, sheet metal and acoustic bead curtain. Produced by Tom Eckels, with the assistance of Gravity.
A summer storm (mid-afternoon Aug 18, 1975) brought the KRAB staff together for a spontaneous collaboration that started with a rush to protect the Production Room equipment and a search for containers to catch the deluge. Do any of the perpetrators remember whose idea it was to broadcast this live?
Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv M-1483
Music of Seattle's Taverns - KRAB Apr 6, 1976, recorded Mar 22, 1976
P. K. Dwyer and Donna Beck; Barbara Bush, and Ron W. Bailey, some of Seattle's best pass-the-hat tavern musicians, bring you solos, duos, trios and quartets, from a LIVE-at-KRAB pub-jam session on March 22, 1976. Run-fetch-a-pitcher-and-get-the-baby-some-beer!
Produced and introduced by Judith Hadley, with a "semi-live audience".
Recording courtesy Jack Straw Foundation, M0218
200 Years of Obnoxious American Music - Greg Palmer with a Bicentennial Special - Jun 7, 1976
A Marathon presentation of obnoxious, or loathsome, or simply inane recordings; either performer, material or both performer and performance reaching crud standards. Including notes for other obnoxicologists.
Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv M-0552
Tuesday Night Live at KRAB: Marlene Fontenay, the only French Cabaret singer in town - KRAB, Oct 19, 1976
A live concert from the Seattle Folklore Society Clubhouse. Chanteuse Marlene Fontenay plays piano, sings, and speaks with KRAB Music Director Bill Noll about her life and music. She performs classics as well as her own work of surprising authenticity. Click here for 1981 review in the New York Times.
In the mid-1970's KRAB went nuts with live broadcasts from around Seattle. This is from a series entitled "Tuesday Night live at KRAB". See also Blues and Hokum: Part I
Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv 311
Equal Time with Fred Lieberman - KRAB Nov 29, 1976
"A new show with Ethnomusicolgist Fred Lieberman. Professor Lieberman will make it possible for you to hear what you probably have never heard."
Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, M0964
NEW MAY 2017: Tuesday Night Live at KRAB: Blues and Hokum: Part I - KRAB Feb 8, 1977
First of a two part live radio concert of some of Seattle's finest; tonight Brian Butler, Baby Gramps, Mike Dumovitch, Art Messer, and Harry Basin. Jack Cook Hosts. The second part will be heard in two weeks, Feb 22nd. Live from the KRAB studios.
Tuesday night live at krab seeems to have started Oct 5, 1976, and the last one was May 5, 1981. Bill Noll, KRAB's music director in 1977 introduces the program. Another of the Tuesday Night Live series can be found at Marlene Fontenay, the only French Cabaret singer in town
Hosted by Jack Cook, the actual performers were a little different than those scheduled in the guide: In order, they were
Bill Noll (1:53)
Recording courtesy of the Bob West Collection, BW0156
International Women's Day - Ellen Thorne, Jill Johnson, Gwen Harrel, Mary Litchfield - KRAB Mar 8, 1977
Tuesday Night Live At KRAB - A Women's Day presentation tonight featuring peformers: Sandy Bradley and Jill Johnson with Balkan folk songs; Ellen Thorn, banjo; and Gwen Harrell, guitar. This is live from the KRAB studios.
These two recordings came from Karen Berge's collection of tapes from her Production Assistant days at KRAB. In 1977 she orgainzed the programming for International Women's Day.
The first recording begins with Ellen and Jeff Thorne; then Jill Johnson with Sandy Bradley; and then Gwen Harrell guitar and vocal. The second tape is of Mary Litchfield playing guitar and singing.
Unfortunately, these tapes suffer from some distortion which may have been caused by over loading of the microphones, or clipping in either the microphone preamps or the tape deck. Record volumes could be set in either the board (mixer) or in the tape deck, and operators sometimes did not monitor both.
Recordings courtesy Karen Berge
Earth Music - Third world music with Leory Backus and Fred Katz - KRAB Mar 12, 1977
If my program guide searches are working, it seems the "Earth Music" category/program title was first coined by Phil Munger way back in 1972: "In praise of the multiplicity of musical possibilities on this planet". A mid-morning program in 1973 sometimes named "Ethnic Melodies" and other times "Ethnic Music", with rotataing hosts, adopted "Earth Music" in May 1973, and it stuck.
Today its reggae and maybe some dub.
This cassette recording was shared by a former KRAB listener.
Recording courtesy Anne MacFadden
Emphyrio Dub with Karl Kotas - KRAB Mar 19, 1977
Blues and reggae with Karl Kotas, says the guide. There's a PSA mid-program for a Spring Equinox Celebration tonight at the Polish Home, with Dumi. Tickets are on sale at the Central Tavern. And be warned, there will be a marathon Apr 1 to 10, so Karl probably won't be back for awhile.
Recording courtesy Anne MacFadden, AM0003
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NEW APR 2016: More Emphyrio Dub - KRAB Aug 6, 1977
If Reggae were the Congo, then Dub would be its Heart of Darkness. With Karl Kotas and "Leech."
Thomas Lantz and Karl Kotas with Emphyrio dub. At 26 minutes Karl Kotas announces engineer Ralph Blumenthal will be substituting for Howard's and Cynthia's Earth Music program. So is it Ralph playing the blues, or is it the beginning of Saturday Afternoon Blues with Jack Cook?
Recording courtesy Anne MacFadden, AM0005-b
NEW APR 2016: And even more Emphyrio Dub - KRAB Aug 20, 1977
Leech and Karl fiddle while Babylon burns.
Recording courtesy Anne MacFadden, AM0005-a
Saturday Afternoon Blues with Jack Cook (maybe?) - KRAB 1978
Between 1974 and 1982 KRAB blues hosts seemed to be always moving. In the Sep 1976 program guide it was announced:
Starting in September, Baby Biscuit Blues goes away, to be replaced by Jack Cook and Karl Kotas, alternating, Saturdays, at 2:30PM
Here is another cassette recording made off the air by Anne MacFadden. Jack, is this you?
Recording courtesy Anne MacFadden, AM0002
True Blues with Dave White - KRAB sometime between 1978 - 1982
Although the label on the cassette says, "Jack Cook", at the end of the tape, Phil Bannon says it was Dave White. And Phil should know. "True Blues" was the name of the show and it ran from Nov 1978 to Feb 1982, and was hosted, alternately, by Karl Kotas, Jeff Poskin, and Dave White.
Jack Cook, sometimes with Steve Patterson, hosted "Blue Shadows" for a while in 1974, then took over King Biscuit Time from Bob West, then Double Biscuit Blues in 1976, and then Saturday Afternoon Blues until 1978.
Recording courtesy Anne MacFadden
Patchwork with Patchman - An interview of Arnold Grizzley - KRAB Aug 25, 1979
Patchwork - Chinas Comidas, Red Dress, 84 year old Arnold Grizzly, the Blackouts! & other local luminaries on vinyl, on tape, on mike & on drugs. Also stars Patchman, Bill Dempsey and you.
Patch was KRAB production manager for a time. He was sometimes mildly outrageous and always provocative. He was Cerberus standing at the entrance to the record library
Recording courtesy Robert Deardorf, RD0002
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