Sound Documentary: “The Idea of North” (Glenn Gould, 1967)

Canadian Geographic – On December 28, 1967, the CBC Radio program “Ideas” broadcast an hour-long documentary by Glenn Gould called, “The Idea of North.” Commissioned as part of the CBC’s celebration of Canada’s centennial year, it was the first of what would become his Solitude Trilogy. These radio documentaries allowed Gould – at the time retired from live performance and devoted exclusively to recording – to explore solitude and isolation, subjects that had fascinated him for most of his life. He was able to push the boundaries of radio by manipulating human voices into compositions by organizing them according to musical theory.

Listen (CBC): “The Idea of North” (excerpt)

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