Thursday, May 31, 2007

Glenn Gould - the ultimate download


My personal overgrown path is leading back to the radio studio, and that has set me thinking recently about how to create programmes that are distinctive, inclusive and personal.

Over in Holland the creator of Big Brother, Endemol, has its own formula for distinctive broadcasting, and this week launches De Grote Donorshow (The Big Donor Show) which gives three dialysis patients the chance to win a dying woman's kidney - or not.

Back in 1969 Glenn Gould took a different approach to producing great broadcasting when he created his 'contrapuntal radio documentary' The Latecomers. The main subject was the new Canadian province of Newfoundland, but there was a second subject of solitude, isolation and non-conformity seen from a cultural perspective.

The Latecomers, with its basso continuo of the ocean, is both a land-mark in twentieth-century broadcasting and a seriously neglected aspect of Gould's work. Now, thanks to reader Walt Santner, you can hear the whole documentary via an MP3 download. Walt contributed to previous features here locating downloads of historic, Stokowski and recording history MP3 files. He is now back surfing the net after some health problems, welcome back Walt.

Genn Gould's The Latecomers runs for 53 minutes, you can download it from this website, note copyright health warnings may apply.

Now view the 'score' for The Latecomers and read more about Glenn Gould's love affair with the microphone.
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5 comments:

Scott said...

I'd be interested to know on what basis this is being made available for download, given that it is commercially available.

Pliable said...

Scott, the audio file is linked from http://otr.154.ca/viewtopic.php?p=18353#18353 and is not hosted by On An Overgrown Path.

I've asked the question on what basis it is being made available.

Jonathan said...

Awesome post!

As far as this copyright, the artist in question is long dead, he is not being deprived. We really need a return to a balanced Jeffersonian copyright model.

//Thanks to our great CBC
/blame Canada

Stephen said...

One presumes that a taxpayer of Canada has already more than paid for this 40 year old broadcast many times over..to make it available is far more than the CBC has done. In a word, the CBC is Canada's version of PBS, so why must they pay for a show that their money has produced!
Sorry to burst your bubble Scott

Marilyn Crosbie said...

The only thing is, Glenn Gould had a Foundation and all the proceeds go to this Foundation that supports living musicians.