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Episode #3457

Revisiting Dean Drummond

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

On this New Sounds, we remember composer, professor, instrument inventor, and multi-instrumentalist, Dean Drummond.  Drummond, who passed away on Saturday, was the founder and conductor of Newband, which played the famous Harry Partch Instrumentarium - the 43-note-to-the-octave instruments that Partch invented in the middle of the 20th century.  Dean was the curator of this unique collection for many years, and was also an instrument inventor himself and a composer. From a February 1995 New Sounds Live concert, hear his arrangement of Thelonious Monk's "Round Midnight" for Partch instruments, Partch's own "Two Studies on Ancient Greek Scales," and Drummond's major piece, "The Day the Sun Stood Still."  Drummond also explains how he came to meet and play with Harry Partch, develop his own instruments, and more.

PROGRAM # 3457, Revisiting Dean Drummond  (First aired on 4/18/2013)                                                       

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Newband, conducted by Dean Drummond

NS Live, Merkin Hall, Feb. 2, 1995

Harry Partch: Two studies on ancient Greek scales [4:18]


This performance not commercially available.  The work appears on Newband Plays Microtonal Works, Volume 1. Mode Records 18.
moderecords.com

Drummond: The Day the Sun Stood Still [17:32]

This performance not commercially available.  More info about Newband: newband.org

Dean Drummond’s site: deandrummond.com

Thelonious Monk, Arr. Drummond: ‘Round Midnight [5:47]

This performance not commercially available.  The work appears on Newband Plays Microtonal Works, Volume 2. Mode Records 33.
moderecords.com

Dean Drummond: Dance of the 7 Veils, excerpt  [13:00]

This performance not commercially available.  The work appears on Dance of the Seven Veils. Music and Arts CD931.
musicandarts.com

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