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Options February 15, 2009: Glenn Gould: The Latecomers

Part Two of Gould's Solitude Trilogy, The Latecomers was made in 1969, in Newfoundland.

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Artist Track Album Comments
Faust  Giggy Smile   Options Faust IV  this is our theme music! for those of you what's been wondering. 
Glenn Gould  The Latecomers (1969)   Options Solitude Trilogy   

Listener comments!

  Sun. 2/15/09 9:19pm wilbur Twinhorse:

Good evening folks, thanks for the program. I didn't catch the beginning intro altogether and I'm wondering if all this was recorded and produced by Glenn Gould? It's helluva tale methinks...so far. Thanks, wilbur
  Sun. 2/15/09 9:20pm Karinne:

Hi Wilbur! From what I understand, Gould made these by conducting a series of interviews, and then rewriting and editing the text of the interviews and re-recording with actors and the ocean sound (in the other shows trains, and a choir) as a kind of sustained refrain. The other parts of the series are The Idea of North, and The Quiet in the Land.
  Sun. 2/15/09 9:23pm CHOM:

My pet antipathy is the reaction of the general public against contemporary thought in the arts in general and music in particular. The practitiononers of this attitude are characterized by a firm resolution to resist conversion. Music, for example, is reported to be without understandable melodic line, constructive purpose, and to hvae a nihilistic attitude in devoting itself to experimentation at the expense of the listening mass.

  Sun. 2/15/09 9:26pm wilbur Twinhorse:

Ok, thanks Karinne for the info. I remember a film a few years ago about Gould and the idea of the north was mentioned. I'm enjoying the story and the sound of the sea!
  Sun. 2/15/09 9:26pm Jason G:

Hey, CHOM, welcome back. Is that a Gould quote? Give us a Gould link!
  Sun. 2/15/09 9:29pm CHOM:

Gould does not believe links.
  Sun. 2/15/09 9:34pm Karinne:

1) Wilbur: Yeah, the Idea of North is the earliest and most famous of the three radio pieces, and he made a tv adaptation of it in 1970.

2) CHOM: Yeah, I guess if you obsess over solitude enough to make three hours of radio about it you're not so linky, techno-forward or not.

3) ALL: There's also an amazing documentary by Bill Brown on a trip across Canada that is like a more recent iteration of this feel, "Confederation Highway."
  Sun. 2/15/09 9:40pm CHOM:

I am disposed toward this view because I believe that the justification of art is the internal combustion it ignites in the hearts of men and not its shallow, externalized public manifestations. The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but is, rather, the gradual, life long construction of a state of wonder and serenity.
[why music should be listened to in private, with the "total elimination of audience response"]
  Sun. 2/15/09 9:42pm Jason G:

Aw, Chom, you know just the way to my heart.
  Sun. 2/15/09 9:44pm wilbur Twinhorse:

"32 Short Films About Glenn Gould" by Francois Girard is the film I was thinking of Karinne. I would like to see the documentary that you mentioned, thanks again.
  Sun. 2/15/09 9:47pm Karinne:

Oh I remember that movie, with the amazing first piece of just him walking from (to?) very far, across the snow.
  Sun. 2/15/09 9:50pm wilbur Twinhorse:

Yes, probably a frozen body of water perhaps near his motel, or maybe Newfoundland?!
  Sun. 2/15/09 9:57pm SPUDS:

Hi all this audio is somehow working on my Mojo (whatever that really is..)

Chom, in contrast I have felt that in the purest sense ‘the justification of art’ is the Art itself. This applies when it is pristine. If however, it is adulterated by the media or driven by it, it is a hollow remnant vaguely familiar.

The ‘purpose’ is both Yin/Yang, Art is both self justifying/self propogating as well as a purpose unto itself.

Communal sharing of Art speaks to a fundamental node in many and can evoke a sort of Synergy and Symbiosis that can feed itself to a point of where the crowd is larger thank life.

Indeed in the end Art can illicit a life long sense of wonder.

This for me but alas I must admit that I am a child of lifelong Curiosity and amazement in the many snapshots of Art that are found in the Natural World which always transports me to the Unnatural World.
  Sun. 2/15/09 9:58pm CHOM:

  Sun. 2/15/09 10:05pm lorraine:

  Sun. 2/15/09 10:07pm SPUDS:

Strange that you mention... I live in Colorado Springs. We are Proud to be Home of Ft Carson and The Air Force Academy. The other stuff of which you mention is no more significant thing it is an any city.

What made you feel that COS is as you described?
  Sun. 2/15/09 10:08pm Karinne:

it's the focus of this particular show
  Sun. 2/15/09 11:54pm Jason G:

Spuds, you should check out the show, or take it up with the Civilians (seriously, I'm sure they'd be happy to hear from you). I do understand that the New Life Church is pretty huge, though, or at least was until very recently -- but beyond that we're no experts on Colorado Springs. I go to Denver once a year to do theater but I never get to see more than 12 square blocks of it because I'm always too busy.
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