Episode #3299

Chamber Folk Pop

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Friday, May 17, 2013

For this New Sounds program, hear music that falls in the space between classical and pop, as well as in the small hollow between chamber music and folk.  There’s electronic chamber pop music by composer Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott) for yMusic, the versatile composer/performer collective, and some post-rock from the Arcade Fire’s multi-instrumentalist, Richard Reed Parry, in the guise of the  ensemble, Bell Orchestre.   We'll also expand the folk umbrella to include traditional instruments of Korea and Japan making chamber music.

Listen to the komungo, the traditional zither of Korea, actually four of them, on a recent recording from Geomungo Factory.  There’s also music for koto (Japanese zither) in a recording by David Bowie, from “Heroes.”  Also, hear ambient music from a record of meditations and dances for zither by Brian Eno & Laraaji.  And more.

PROGRAM # 3299 Chamber Folk Pop, (First aired on 2/7/2012)                                                 






Beautiful Mechanical

Son Lux (Ryan Lott): Beautiful Mechanical, excerpt [3:00]

New Amsterdam 032

Carla Kihlstedt & Matthias Bossi

Rabbit Rabbit Radio

Hush-Hush [6:49]

Son Lux

We Are Rising

Rising [4:30]

Anticon ABR0114

Bell Orchestre

As Seen Through Windows

Elephants [8:54]

Arts and Crafts A&C041

Lost in the Trees

A Church that Fits Our Needs

Ari Picker : Neither Here Nor There [5:34]

Anti 87168
Due out March 20, 2012 OR

Geomungo Factory


Illang Ilang 9 [5:22]

Synnara / Dada Media

David Bowie (& Brian Eno)


Moss Garden [4:57]

Virgin #21908 Available at*

Brian Eno & Laraaji

Ambient 3: Day of Radiance

Dance #2 [8:04]

Editions EG #203*

Comments [1]

Joel from Oakland CA

In his blog, Paul Krugman posted a link to the video of Suzanne Vega's performance of Gypsy at WNYC.

Obviously it was for a different program than New Sounds, but recognizing John Schaefer's distinctive voice, I left the following comment:

"(And a slightly off topic - and so parenthetical - shout out to the announcer, the cautiously cheerful John Schaefer, whose New Sounds program has been taking people to the nooks and crannies off music's mainstream for at least 25 years, from an early talking Apple computer doing Muddy Water's "Got My Mojo Working", to introducing throat singing to the US, to a live broadcast of preparing dinner with John Cage - or somebody like that - in Schaefer's kitchen. Congratulations, John, on turning 3300 on the program odometer)."

All specifics that I mentioned were pulled from memory and so may very well be somewhat inaccurate.

May. 17 2013 08:51 PM

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