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New Sounds : November 2012

New Releases, November 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

It's that time of the month again for the new releases show on New Sounds. John Schaefer carefully sorts through the stacks and boatloads of new CDs & downloads which have come across his desk over the past month to present some of the finest new releases. He'll pick the lentils from the ashes to present the cream of this crop.  Listen for new music by Turkish composer Erdem Helvacioglu & guitarist/composer Bill Walker that marries lap steel guitar and electronic to create wide open soundscapes. Also, hear electric and acoustic selections from a compilation of guitar music, curated by Elliott Sharp, called "I Never Metaguitar Too."

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Drones

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hear music made with drones on this New Sounds program, including music by lute player Jozef van Wissem in collaboration with Jim Jarmusch and new ambient music from Brian Eno.  There's also music from a recent release simply called "Drones" by New York composer Nico Muhly.  Muhly's collection of pieces contains sets of drones, one set each featuring violin, viola & piano, and is mostly acoustic.  Then, listen to part a slow-build ambient suspension of a dance score for the company Chunky Move by Australians Oren Ambarchi and Robin Fox, revolving around guitar, electronic drones, and percussion.

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107 Reasons Why

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

We hope you won't need to be convinced, but for this New Sounds, we will listen to "107 Reasons Why" by Do Make Say Think, and more instrumental music, perhaps even some that could be called "post-rock."  There's something from the ambient drone band Labradford, who were out of Richmond, VA, along with music from Angelo Badalamenti.

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Traditional Folk Music Gone Global

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tonight on New Sounds, hear some contemporary works that draw on the folk traditions of America, Albania, Armenia and sometimes intersect. From composer Eve Beglarian, listen to her piece, “I’m Worried Now But I Won't Be Worried Long,” which comes from the Mississippi Delta Blues, but its melody is a traditional Armenian folk song.  The song is part of her “River Project,” a trip she traveled the length of the Mississippi River by bike and kayak. 

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Southeastern European Laments

Monday, November 26, 2012

Listen to Azerbaijani songs featuring the Alim Qasimov ensemble and arranged for the Kronos Quartet on this edition of New Sounds, from the record, “Floodplain.” Then something by PJ Harvey from “Let England Shake" with samples of what sounds like Turkish lamenting and kanun.  Also, listen to Southeastern European lament music from Ingram Marshall for voice and strings, his "Hidden Voices."  Plus, something by Serbian composer Boris Kovac, and more.

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A Private Reel -Still More Live on Soundcheck

Sunday, November 25, 2012

That other show that John Schaefer hosts, Soundcheck, has had some incredible performances in the studio recently.  In case you've missed them, for this edition of New Sounds, we'll offer up some of these rare gems, such as Cuban singer Omara Portundo and Senegalese singer/guitarist Baaba Maal.

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Hybrid Ensembles

Saturday, November 24, 2012

For this New Sounds, we’ll explore many different hybrid ensembles aboard.  We’ll hear music by composer/programmer/performer/theorist and yes, mandolinist as well as professor at Dartmouth College, Larry Polansky.  Polansky’s latest release involves the Dutch electric guitar quartet, Zwerm, together with the saxophone quartet [sic] and additional percussion, harp and electronics!

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"Glory to Women"

Friday, November 23, 2012

For this New Sounds, listen to several groundbreaking female musicians from around the world.  There's music from Malian kora player, Madina N'Diaye, who has opened the way to a new phenomenon in Mali: women’s access to musical instruments traditionally reserved for men. In her song, “Moussow,” the lyrics translate as: “They think that women are incapable of doing all the things they do.  But I, Madina, play the Kora...Glory to women, glory to the women of Mali.”  We'll hear another tune from her album, "Bimogow."

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New Sounds From Tibet

Thursday, November 22, 2012

For this New Sounds, listen to music that was inspired by Tibet.  We'll hear "Karma Shadub," for violin and chorus by violinist/composer Paul Giger, based on centuries-old Tibetan Buddhist chant .  Plus, music from Minnesota-based composer/guitarist Steve Tibbetts, along with music from Philip Glass's Tibetan-inspired works as well.

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Classical Meets Electronica

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

For this New Sounds, there’s music at the juncture of composed music, ambient and modern electronica, including a work by Annie Gosfield, for bits and pieces of metal.  From her “Flying Sparks And Heavy Machinery” release, we’ll hear driving machine samples, layers of ambient noise, crashing metal and electronic blips assembled into a nearly pulsing dance-y musical journey through a working factory.

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A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra - and Other Instruments

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

For this New Sounds, listen to some of "Heroic Weather," – from Alexander Desplat’s score to "Moonrise Kingdom," where every instrument is identified as it enters, much in the same way that Benjamin Britten does in his “Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.”  That will probably bring to mind Sergei Prokofiev’s "Peter & the Wolf," (another popularly used score in children’s music education) so perhaps we’ll also hear something from that classic work.  Plus, listen to some of Mike Oldfield's “Tubular Bells” where Vivian Stanshall formally announces each instrument as it joins the mix, towards the end of the piece.  All these, and more.

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Collaborative Producers

Monday, November 19, 2012

For this New Sounds, listen to collaborative music by producers, from an English composer to an Ethiopian aid worker.  Hear a collaborative work from Deru, (Benjamin Wynn) an electronic music producer from Los Angeles and English composer Joby Talbot, called “Genus.”  It’s an electro-acoustic score for Wayne McGregor's ballet of the same title, based on Charles Darwin's discovery of evolution and commissioned by The Paris Opera Ballet.

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Another Private Reel: Live on Soundcheck

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Dip into the private stash of live recordings from John’s other show, Soundcheck, for this New Sounds program.  Hear Kronos Quartet playing Terry Riley, and some electroacoustic music from the Whitetree ensemble.

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The Road to Ruin

Saturday, November 17, 2012

For this program, instead of the high road, New Sounds takes the road to ruin. We'll hear music by Ross Bolleter for ruined piano, which the World Association for Ruined Piano Studies (WARPS) defines as "A piano [which] has been abandoned to all weathers, say on a sheep station or tennis court, with the result that few or none of its notes sound like that of an even-tempered uptight piano."

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"Music" of James Joyce

Friday, November 16, 2012

Something old, something borrowed – finally with permission – and something new, all in response to James Joyce’s writings.  For this literary edition of New Sounds, we’ll hear the long-awaited, originally intended setting of James Joyce’s text from Molly Bloom’s soliloquy at the end of Ulysses.  Kate Bush's “The Sensual World” re-emerges as "Flower of the Mountain."

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When Words Don't Matter

Thursday, November 15, 2012

For this New Sounds, hear a hypnotic work of vocal layers from the electronic duo Matmos, “Just Waves,” from their Ganzfeld EP, a concept record based on their own telepathic experiments.  Throughout the progression of the work, these ebbing and flowing voices -Matmos (M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel) together with three other singers: Dan Deacon, Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors), and Clodagh Simonds (Fovea Hex)-  speak-sing the transcripts of the psychic session material in pitched clusters, until the sensations described in the experiment are shaped back into one single phrase about the “triangle at the top.”

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World Music

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

For this New Sounds program, there’s an hour of world music.  Listen to tricky rhythms but a great groove in music by the global outfit Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures, which is made up of jazzers and North African musicians alike, exploring all the world’s instruments.  Also, hear world trance dance-fusion music by Christopher Stowens, built around Indian and Pakistani sources.  Plus, “Village Voices” from “Pulse: a Stomp Odyssey,” and more.

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Orchestral Pop

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

This New Sounds program serves up orchestral pop in various guises, including brand new music from the reclusive Scott Walker, from his forthcoming release "Bish Bosch," where he uses the sounds of samurai swords and falling marbles, among other unsettling things.  There's also music from American singer/songwriter and composer Daniel James, under the name Canon Blue, from his "Rumspringa," with orchestral arrangements contributed by string quartet Amiina (most famously for being Sigur Rós’ string section.)  

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"Full Fathom Five": The Tempest in Music

Monday, November 12, 2012

It’s the latest literary edition of New Sounds, featuring music inspired by Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and just one hour to fit in as much as we can.   There are many references to music in the play (and surely, many a term paper written to that end…) and this “Full Fathom Five,” one of Ariel’s songs, describes a death by shipwreck.  It’s also the title of one of the songs on the album, "Tempest" by the group The Young Scamels (the late Jason Noble and members of Rachel’s.)

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Global Mediterranean Ensembles

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Music from cellist Maya Beiser's new record, "Provenance" by Israeli composer Tamar Muskal is on tap for this New Sounds program.

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Members Only: So Percussion

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Listen to some music featuring the members of So Percussion on this New Sounds, including Jason Treuting's "Oblique music for 4 plus (blank)," recorded live by the Orchestra of the League of Composers at Miller Theater.

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Beethoven, Bruckner, and Mahler. Sort of.

Friday, November 09, 2012

If we are not pre-empted for special election coverage tonight, for this New Sounds, we'll hear "ReWriting Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony" by Michael Gordon, along with music from Uri Caine where he takes on Mahler - "Urlicht/Primal Light."  Plus, hear Mary Jane Leach's "Bruckstuck," and more.

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New Releases October 2012

Thursday, November 08, 2012

After some delay due to both the devastating storm, Sandy, and the 2012 elections, it's finally time for the long-delayed October  new releases show on New Sounds. John Schaefer carefully sorts through the stacks, bins, and boatloads of new CDs which have come across his desk over the past month to present some of the finest new releases. He'll pick the lentils from the ashes to present the cream of this crop.

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Downtown, Then and Now

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Take a dip into minimal hypnotic music with something from composer/professor (theory and history of sound!) Anthony Moore and composer/artist Alexis Georgopoulos, who goes by “Arp.”  Moore was formerly a member of weird pop band Slapp Happy, and has also studied Indian classical music with Viram Jasani.  Georgopoulos used to be a member of California percussion ramble band Tussle and has written a few film scores and works for dance.  Together, these two punks have crafted a collection of tunes recalling the Penguin Café Orchestra stuck in a Möbius strip, with two for Englishman Robert Wyatt called “Wild Grass I & II.”

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Pre-empted

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

New Sounds will be pre-empted for special coverage of the 2012 Election.

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After the Storm

Monday, November 05, 2012

Hear music from Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi, inspired by Bossi’s mother’s recollection of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Carol in 1954 on this New Sounds.  Then there’s a musical warning from the Australian band Coolangubra, along with an excerpt from Ted Hearne’s “Katrina Ballads.” Also, listen to music from Alexander Desplat and Benjamin Britten’s score to “Moonrise Kingdom,” where the pivotal scene takes place as a hurricane sweeps through the island off the New England coast.

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Pre-empted

Sunday, November 04, 2012

New Sounds will be pre-empted because of a special post-storm schedule.

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Pre-empted

Saturday, November 03, 2012

New Sounds will be pre-empted because of a special post-storm schedule.

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Pre-empted

Friday, November 02, 2012

New Sounds will be pre-empted because of a special post-storm schedule.

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Pre-empted

Thursday, November 01, 2012

New Sounds will be pre-empted for continuing Special Coverage of the devastation caused by and cleanup after Sandy.

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