Episode #3370

Abstract Soundscapes

« previous episode | next episode »

Friday, August 24, 2012

For this New Sounds, listen to some abstract soundscapes from Poland, from Berlin via an Icelandic composer, and from Brooklyn-based musicians as well.  Hear a soundscape from the Berlin-based Icelandic one-woman band Kira Kira, from her record Feathermagnetik.  Also, listen to something from Brooklyn-based electronic artist Laurel Halo, featuring the voice as instrument.  Then, there's a percussion-centric work, "6," one of the number pieces from John Cage (who would have been 100 next month), and a percussive soundscape by another Brooklyn-based musician, drummer/composer Tim Kuhl. 

Listen to the droney world-jazz inflected soundscape with an infusion of horns and woodwinds, buffered by electronics and tabla from the Polish Band, Sing Sing Penelope. Plus, music from Moon Ate the Dark, and a bit of Johann Johannsson’s score for “Copenhagen Dreams”

PROGRAM #3370, Abstract Soundscapes (8/24/2012)                                                





Johann Johannsson

Copenhagen Dreams

Excerpt [1:00]

Kira Kira


Soothe [7:43]

Sound Of A Handshake shake 013-cd DL

Laurel Halo


Joy [3:28]

Hyperdub HDBCD 014

Sing Sing Penelope

This is the music vol. 1

Mini song [11:37]

Tim Kuhl

St. Helena

Tales of Transformation [6:18]

John Cage
[Glenn Freeman, percussion- all six layers]

Three2, Twenty-Three, Six, Twenty-Six: The First Recordings


John Cage: Six [3:05]

OgreOgress Prod

Gareth Davis & Frances-Marie Uitti


Detour, excerpt [2:15]

Miasmah Records MIA 019

Johann Johannsson

Copenhagen Dreams

The Jewish Cemetary [2:32]

Limited edition CD/vinyl.
Listen at

Moon Ate the Dark (Anne Rose Carter & Christopher Bailey)

Moon Ate the Dark

Sleepwalk [8:34]

Sonic Pieces / Morr Music sp 014 OR Download from


Piano Insides

Explore the sounds of a piano's insides on this New Sounds program.  From the prepared piano to the bowed and/or plucked piano strings inside the body of the beast, there are sure to be unusual sounds galore.  Listen to Ergo, an electro-acoustic trio - somehow both slinky and spacey - with trombone, prepared piano, drums, and special guests on guitar.

Comments [1]

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.