Posts Tagged ‘steven reigns’

The Barrons: The music behind ‘Bells of Atlantis’

April 11, 2009

Bebe and Louis Barron in their studio

Bebe and Louis Barron in their studio

If Anaïs Nin was known for her diaries, she should also be known for her circle of friends, which included the electronic music pioneers Louis and Bebe Barron. The friendship ultimately turned into collaboration with Nin and Ian Hugo (Hugh Guiler, Nin’s husband) on his experimental film Bells of Atlantis (1952). The music and images work together to provide the audience with a full range of stimulation, both aural and visual, not to mention literary as Nin recites lines from her House of Incest (1936), upon which the film is based. Thanks to NPR, a retrospective of the Barrons and their impact on the music world can be seen here.


Bebe Barron died in April 2008; a video of her last interview can be seen here, conducted by Steven Reigns and Ian McKinnon.


Nin conference?

January 30, 2009

There has not been a conference dedicated to Anais Nin since the centennial conference in Santa Barbara in 2003. Sometimes Nin is included within the context of other conferences, such as the bi-annual Durrell conference, but rarely has there been a gathering unique to Nin herself. Before 2003, the last Nin major gathering was in 1994 at Long Island University, which was well attended by Nin scholars, family members, and friends from around the world. Last year’s Anais at 105 (organized and hosted by Steven Reigns) evening at UCLA is proof that interest is still there–the 300 seat auditorium was overflowing and dozens had to be turned away.

I, and others such as Ruth Charnock (see our guestbook), would like to gather opinions and feedback from potential speakers and organizers. Obviously, there needs to be a venue (such as a university), and there needs to be an infrastructure through which this could be accomplished. Perhaps this blog could be such a platform for organization–I am open to any and all suggestions. Please feel free to leave comments or to e-mail me at mailto:

Bebe Barron on Anais Nin

January 8, 2009

Electronic music pioneer Bebe Barron talks about her friend and mentor Anais Nin.  Video by Ian MacKinnon and Steven Reigns.