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John Schaefer

John Schaefer has hosted Soundcheck since the show’s inception in 2002. He has also hosted and produced WNYC’s radio series New Sounds since 1982 (“The No. 1 radio show for the Global Village” – Billboard) and the New Sounds Live concert series since 1986.

Schaefer has written extensively about music, including the book New Sounds: A Listener’s Guide to New Music (Harper & Row, NY, 1987; Virgin Books, London, 1990); The Cambridge Companion to Singing: World Music (Cambridge University Press, U.K., 2000); and the TV program Bravo Profile: Bobby McFerrin (Bravo Television, 2003). He was contributing editor for Spin and Ear magazines, and his liner notes appear on more than 100 recordings, ranging from “The Music of Cambodia” to recordings by Yo-Yo Ma and Terry Riley. 

In 2003, Schaefer was honored with the American Music Center's prestigious Letter of Distinction for his "substantial contributions to advancing the field of contemporary American music in the United States and abroad." In May 2006, New York magazine cited Schaefer as one of "the people whose ideas, power, and sheer will are changing New York" in its Influentials issue.  He began blogging for WNYC when accompanying the New York Philharmonic on its historic (and apparently very weird) trip to North Korea in 2008 and continues to blog at soundcheck.org.

He is a regular contributor to the World Science Festival and the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center; he has also written about horse racing (Bloodlines: A Horse Racing Anthology, Vintage NY 2006) and was a regular panelist on the BBC’s soccer-based program Sports World.  

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John Schaefer appears in the following:

Listen: Daniel Wohl on Physical Performance and Electronic Sound

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

For composer Daniel Wohl, the distinction between a physical performer and an electronic sound is inconsequential. For this episode of LPR Live, we take in excerpts from "Holographic."

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Waiting in Line at The Polls? Here's Your Election Day Playlist

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

John Schaefer, host of WNYC's Soundcheck and New Sounds, gives us a playlist for your visit to the polls and to get you through the day.

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Man Meets Machine on Dan Trueman's 'Nostalgic Synchronic'

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Composer Dan Trueman is the inventor of a new instrument: the prepared digital piano. On this LPR Live, we hear So Percussion's Adam Sliwinski perform Trueman's 'Nostalgic Synchronic.'

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Watsky, To Infinity and Beyond

Monday, October 31, 2016

The unconventional hip-hop artist and poet visits the Soundcheck studio. 

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Band of Skulls, In Studio

Thursday, October 27, 2016

British trio's massive riffs stripped to their...skeletal form.

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Listen: Port St. Willow Brings 'Syncope' to Life at Le Poisson Rouge

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Port St. Willow, the project of Brooklyn-based Nicholas Principe, performed its second improvisational, atmospheric album "Syncope" at Le Poisson Rouge on November 17, 2015.

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Roosevelt's Feverish Dance Pop

Thursday, October 20, 2016

German artist inspired by New Wave and electronic sounds visits the studio. 

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Weekly Music Roundup: Blue Moon, Dark City

Monday, October 17, 2016

Week of October 17: This week, a strange new version of an old standard, the return of Mexico’s rock royalty, and the new look of Prairie Home Companion.
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Jimmy Eat World, Sure and Certain

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Arizona alterna-pop heroes are back with a new record, and they visit Soundcheck to play a few of the electric new tunes.

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Regina Spektor Returns to Life

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The colorful, emotive singer-songwriter performs on the WNYC Steinway. 

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Weekly Music Roundup: Go!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Week of October 10: This week, Alicia Keys gets personal, Regina Spektor gets mermaid-y, and a London duo turns the moon landing into dance music.
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Andrew Norman's Video Game-Inspired 'Gran Turismo' with Ensemble LPR

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

For this episode of LPR Live, we join the ambitious Ensemble LPR for a performance of music by composer Andrew Norman that draws its inspiration from a high octane racing-car video game.

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Hiss Golden Messenger, In the Studio

Monday, October 10, 2016

The lyrical folk and rock outfit brings its newly soul-infused sounds into the studio.

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Reuben Hollebon's Terminal Nostalgia

Thursday, October 06, 2016

The dark and lyrical British singer-songwriter visits the Soundcheck studio to play a live set from his debut, 'Terminal Nostalgia.'

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Weekly Music Roundup: Heavy (and Light) Entertainment

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Week of October 3: A Golden Suits premiere, a long-dead actor stars in a new music video, and the next step in artificial intelligence: songwriting.
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Peter, Bjorn, & John Reach Their Breakin' Point

Monday, October 03, 2016

Two-thirds of the infectious pop trio returns to the Soundcheck studio for a live set and conversation. 

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River Whyless Gathers Many Musical Tributaries

Thursday, September 29, 2016

West Africa meets Appalachia—the Asheville band visits the Soundcheck studio for a live set.

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Bing & Ruth's Family Reunion for Cult-Classic 'City Lake'

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New School-formed Bing & Ruth brings their ambient electronic music and contemporary-classical minimalism to this episode of LPR Live, with two tracks from 2010's "City Lake."

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Weekly Music Roundup: Darker & Dirtier

Monday, September 26, 2016

Week of September 26: Leonard Cohen goes (even) darker, Dirty Projectors return, and hunting for the new Weeknd song.
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Nada Surf Swells Its Sound

Monday, September 26, 2016

Indie stalwarts visit the Soundcheck studio armed with some of the strongest songs of their career.

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