Episode #3346

Glass-y Music

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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Hear fragile and glassy music on this New Sounds program, including low-fi, 1-bit electronic music by New York-based composer Tristan Perich.  Listen to the collision of math, physics, and code, in Perich’s “Observations,” for two crotales.  (Incidentally, 1-bit is the lowest possible digital representation of audio.)  Then there’s also music by Michael Hearst (he of One Ring Zero), from his latest, “Songs for Unusual Creatures. 

The record is something of a warped take on “Carnival of the Animals” or perhaps a deluxe, unreleased version of the children’s toy Super “See and Say.”  In any case, look forward to Hearst's tunes like “Glass Frog,” “Dugong” and a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet, “Aye Aye.”

PROGRAM #3346, Fragile Music (First aired on 6/5/2012)                                                          





So Percussion

So Percussion

David Lang:  The so-called Laws of Nature III, excerpt [1:30]

Cantaloupe 21022

Michael Hearst

Songs of Unusual Creatures

Glass Frog [1:55]

Urban Geek Records UGR043

Tristan Perich

Private tape

Observations [11:41]

Harry Partch - American Music Theater

Revelation in the Courthouse Park

Chorus one excerpts, [3:07]
Coda [3:36]

Tomato R2 70390
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Miguel Frasconi

Song + Distance

Waterborne [11:12]

New Albion 111

Ingram Marshall

September Canons

The Fragility Cycles  [14:57]

New World 80704

Comments [3]

Miguel Frasconi

Hi Annabella. I believe the work you are referring to is my piece Waterborne, from the cd Song + Distance. Glad you liked it.

Jun. 06 2012 10:48 PM

the sounds are awesome!

Jun. 06 2012 08:09 PM
annabella from New York

Heard a hypnotic, arabic-sounding, melismatic vocalise last night while driving through the mountains. I unfortunately did not catch the name of the piece, but it preceded The Fragility Cycle. Would you kindly tell me what it was?

Jun. 06 2012 09:27 AM

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