Music, Murder, Infamy

On this edition of New Sounds, the criminal mind is put on the music stand. Hear from three different music/theater works that explore violence and infamy: the Clutter family murders; the mind of a delusional paranoiac; and the inner workings of a mass-murderer. Mikel Rouse’s opera "Failing Kansas", based on Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, uses his own technique of “counterpoetry”, whereby overdubbed versions of the voice go through the lyrics in rhythmic counterpoint. Also, hear Paul Dresher’s "Slow Fire", with operatic arias, incantations, and frenzied falsetto about a disturbed man’s search for values in a rapidly changing consumer-driven world. Plus, selections from John Moran’s nightmarish chronicle of Charles Manson, and more…

PROGRAM #2238 Music, Murder, Infamy (First aired 1-21-04)





Mikel Rouse

Failing Kansas

Prelude, excerpt [2:00]
The Last To See Them Alive [10:30]
A Brief History Of My Boys Life [7:00]

Exit Music #1006 OR Newtone Records nt 6740
Out of print, but try
Info about the composer at

Paul Dresher

Slow Fire

Sleeping With The Light On [6:00]
Swimming [6:00]
Eyes Open [5:00]

Minmax/Starkland - #10*
More info at

John Moran

The Manson Family - An Opera

Subject: Lynette (Squeaky) Fromme [3:00]
Subject: Charles Manson [3:30]
Night Highway #1, excerpt [3:00]

Point Music #432967
Try OR*

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