Music With “Found Sound”


For this New Sounds, listen to some music with found sound.  We'll hear Steve Reich's City Life which uses conversation, sirens, boat horns, traffic, and in the final movement, some of the emergency response from the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993.

There's also music by John Adams, his "Christian Zeal and Activity" in which the conductor is supposed to place "sonic found objects" into the composition; Edo de Waart chose to add spliced and looped recording of a 1971 sermon.   More found sounds mix with dreamlike, drifting, and dismembered voices in music from Peter Gordon & David Cunningham. Plus, music from the creative and quirky duo, the Books, and most likely something by O+A.

PROGRAM #3137 (First aired on 11/09/2010)





Peter Gordon and David Cunningham

Yellow Box

God [2:30]

Piano UK

Steve Reich

Eight Lines: City Life

City Life IV, V [8:42]

BMG Classics #66459

The Books

The Way Out

Thirty Incoming [4:57]
Chain of Missing Links [4:31]

Temporary Residence Limitied TRR183

Jocelyn Pook

Portraits In Absentia

Messages [2:23]

Private CD, but more info available soon at Pook's website,
In the meantime, a discography is available

Victoire / Missy Mazzoli


I’m Coming For My Things [5:05]

New Amsterdam 25

John Adams

The Chairman Dances

Christian Zeal And Activity, excerpt [5:00]

Nonesuch 79144