Narration in Music


For this New Sounds, listen to the found sounds of narration from strange and wonderful recordings in music by the Books.  We'll hear from their latest, "The Way Out," a playful and surreal effort recorded in the Books' home studios.

Also on the show, listen to music from pianist/composer Vijay Iyer and poet/performer Mike Ladd, from a narrative work, "In What Language?" a hybrid project featuring an eleven-piece ensemble of musicians and speaking voices.  Plus, music from Pete M. Wyer, Michael Nyman, and more.

PROGRAM #3124,  Narration in Music   (First aired on 10/6/2010)





The Young Scamels


Be Not Afeard, excerpt [1:00]

FT 74

The Books

The Way Out

Group Autogenics I [3:44]

Temporary Residence Limitied TRR183

Michael Nyman

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

Prologue: Neurology's Favourite Term [2:45]

CBS/Sony MK 44669
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Linda Montano

Lesbian American Composers

Portrait of Sappho [7:22]

CRI 780


Albedo 0.39

Albedo 0.39 [4:21]

Windham Hill 11234
Reissued as BMG 37679
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Vijay Iyer / Mike Ladd

In What Language?

The Color of My Circumference I [4:11]
Plastic Bag [6:08]

Pi Recordings #09

Tom Johnson

Music for 88

Multiplication Table, excerpt [4:00]

XI Foundation  106

Pete M. Wyer

Stories from the City at Night

Subway Nightride [7:29]

Thirsty Ear Records**
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The Books

The Way Out

Group Autogenics II [4:52]

See above.