Episode #3270

Ben Frost's "Solaris"

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ben Frost, Brian Eno, & host John Schaefer Composer Ben Frost, Brian Eno, & host John Schaefer ((WNYC/Caryn Havlik))

For this New Sounds, we'll take a listen to the symphonic suite by Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason, "Solaris."  The international Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative's music protégé for 2010-2011, Frost, (mentored by none other than Brian Eno) joins us in the studio to present the reimagined soundtrack for the 1972 Andrei Tarkovsky film.   

Combining the warmth of a string orchestra with prepared piano and waves of guitar, for "Solaris", the composers took Melodyne, (music software designed to improve music and pitch), and "turned it against itself and encouraged it to misbehave."  We'll hear what that sounds like, and much more. 

PROGRAM # 3270,  with Ben Frost & Brian Eno  (First aired on 11/17/2011)                                                           





Brian Eno

Ambient 1: Music for Airports

Music for Airports, 3, excerpt [2:00]

Editions EG #17 Available at*

Ben Frost

By the Throat

The Carpathians [2:57]
O God Protect Me [2:55]

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Ben Frost / Daníel Bjarnason


Simulacra II [7:37]
Unbreakable Silence [3:35]
Saccades [6:01]
Reyja [5:05]
Venia [6:23]

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Comments [3]

Jeremy Conlon from Australia

Awesome...'Solaris' is amazing, ahead of it's time, very fitting these musicians present us with a great score also ahead of it's time. The future is now

Nov. 20 2011 02:44 AM

Listening to last night's program brought back vivid images of the movie "Solaris". The composers captured the at once frightening and deeply beautiful essence of the movie.

Nov. 18 2011 09:19 PM

30 years and still relevant.

Nov. 18 2011 06:34 AM

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