Acoustic Music with Computers


Listen to selections from Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson’s soundtrack to the beautiful animated short film Varmints. Hear a WNYC commission by composer Osvaldo Golijov, called "Radio," for hyper-accordion, string quartet and laptop, featuring samples from the WNYC archives, and ETHEL. There’s also a work by Ben Neill, who plays the "Mutant trumpet," an instrument with two bells welded to it, and enhanced by computer. Rounding out the show is music by Madelyn Byrne, from her suite for piano and computer, “The Elements.”

PROGRAM # 3074, Acoustic Music with Computers (First aired on 5/11/2010)





Ben Neill


Mainspring [8:29]

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Jeremy Flower, laptop; Michael Ward-Bergeman, hyperaccordian; ETHEL, WNYC Archives

Live, April 2009 in WNYC’s Jerome L. Greene Space

Osvaldo Golijov: RADIO [7:32]

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Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Tod Machover

Tod Machover : Resurrection

March from Act II [4:34 Interlude [1:52]

Albany 495/6

Jóhann Jóhannsson

And in the endless pause there came the sound of bees

The Flat [3:32]
Rainwater [2:00]
Siren Song [1:49]
Pods [3:25]

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Peter Gach

Fresh Piano

Madelyn Byrne: Suite for Piano and Computer: The Elements [10:06]

Innova 730