Richard Kostelanetz

Sunday, September 05, 1982

Richard Kostelanetz discusses his audiotape experiment, "Invocations". This experiment attempts to "discover the sound of prayer that transcends individual languages." We hear excerpts including a recording of a Sufi reading from the Quran layered with other recordings of prayers in other languages. Another excerpt with twelve simultaneous elements opens with a Zen chorus.

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Richard Kostelanetz

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