Preserving Queer Culture: The Tretter Collection
Produced by Dixie Treichel
In the 1970s Minnesotan Jean Tretter started collecting and saving items as a way to help him write and talk about queer history and culture. Thanks to his foresight, passion and dedication the collection has now grown to over 30,000 items from around the world.
The Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies is located on the University of Minnesota campus in the Elmer Anderson Library for Special Collections. It is an archival library, research facility and museum that is open everyone, including the general public and scholars alike, who want to learn about queer culture both past and present.
The collection is international in scope and has materials in approximately 58 languages. It covers all time periods, from a 4,000-year-old phallic statuette from Egypt, up to current editions of GLBT periodicals. Although books are the core of the collection, substantial sections include textiles, glassware, film, music, art works, and three-dimensional objects such as event buttons and furniture. The collection includes unpublished manuscripts, vertical files, and periodicals from all over the world.
In 2005, three friends formed a band and called it the Brass Kings. Now in its sixth year, the trio is going strong, exploring new sounds, and even talking about regular rehearsals. Hear how this unusual group formed, as the players describe how their different paths led them to this unique, acoustic sound. Produced by Dale Connelly.
Twin Cities hip-hop artist Toki Wright is a dynamic force on stage and in the recording studio. He’s also an instructor at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. This Live from Minnesota segment captures the release of “FADERS” at the Fine Line Music Cafe. Produced for KFAI by Peter Frey.
The world of experimental sound arts is innovative and unusual—a place where instrument builders, alternative tuning systems and unorthodox musical expressions converge. In this documentary, six Minnesota experimental sound artists share their musings, explorations and creations.
St. Paul native Paul Metzger performs solo and with various experimental musicians around the world. In this program, he improvises on his collection of modified guitars and banjos, including a 23-string banjo.
Mary Garvie likes to collaborate and perform freestyle. Hear her voice experiments, and listen as she plays a variety instruments, such as an amplified grate, table top and singing bowl.
Tim Kaiser designs and builds electronic experimental instruments for himself and others, and likes buttons, knobs and switches. Based in Duluth, he performs at experimental sound festivals around the country.
David Means curates the Strange Attractors Experimental Intermedia Festival in St. Paul. Many of the experimental sound pieces he creates—using electric, electronic and computer instruments—are designed for the architectural layout of a performance space.
Dixie Treichel is founder of the Unique Sounds Ensemble in Minneapolis. She makes instruments from found objects, and uses them to create electronic sound art.
Kris Peck builds and performs on micro-tonal guitars. The altered fret boards on these instruments create unusual scales in nontraditional tuning systems. He also explores the use of digital delays and performs in the Twin Cities with a variety of experimental musicians.
Produced by Daniel Zamzow & Nancy Sartor
Eclectic Ensemble is an ambient and improvisational group that runs on solar power and transports all its gear by bicycle. This MinneCulture segment was recorded at Minnehaha Falls and features Tim Donahue, Charlie Hendrickson and John Vance performing “Music of the Sun.” Eclectic Ensemble performs pop-up concerts at outdoor locations across the Twin Cities from May through October. For more information, find Eclectic Ensemble on facebook.
In 2011 Paul Metsa hosted a series of concerts and interviews at the Music Box Theatre in Minneapolis. On this special night, renowned soul musicians Willie Walker and Willie West shared the stage for the first time—talking and singing in a rare live performance that sent chills through the audience. Produced by Monty Lee Wilkes and Nancy Sartor.
Tucked along the banks of St. Croix River just north of Stillwater, Minnesota, Arcola Mills is a serene spot with a long history. From Native and European settlers, to loggers and artist communities, it offers a beautiful respite along the St. Croix. This week on MinneCulture, producer Bobbie Scott takes a trip back in time to learn more about the history in this audio documentary of Arcola Mills.
Tucked along the banks of St. Croix River just north of Stillwater, Minnesota, Arcola Mills is a serene spot with a long history. From Native and European settlers, to loggers and artist communities, it offers a beautiful respite along the St. Croix. Producer Bobbie Scott takes a trip back in time to learn more about the history in this audio documentary of Arcola Mills.
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