Episode #3503

Inspired by Sci-Fi

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

There’s music inspired by Sci-Fi books & film for this New Sounds program.  Listen to the internet opera and sonic book by Mendi & Keith Obadike, “The Sour Thunder,” which consists of two simultaneous stories; Mendi traveling with a friend to study Afro-Dominican culture and tracing the slave trade through the Dominican Repulic, and that of a state called Solaika Dast, where scent is the method of communication. There’s also recent music by Londoner Pete M. Wyer, his “Planet 49,” a response to the Danny Boyle film, “Sunshine” about a mission in 2057 to set off a nuclear bomb to reignite our dying sun. 

Then, listen to an alternate score for the classic 1972 Andrei Tarkovsky sci-fi film, “Solaris” by  Australian-born Ben Frost & Icelandic conductor/arranger/composer Daníel Bjarnason.  Plus, music from MIT-based composer Tod Machover, who wrote an opera inspired by the novel “Valis” by  Philip K. Dick.  And more.

PROGRAM #3503 – Inspired by Sci-Fi (First aired on 8/27/2013)             





Pete M. Wyer

Planet 49

You Can't Talk To Her When She's Like This [8:06]

Ben Frost / Daníel Bjarnason


Saccades [6:01]

Bedroom Community HVALUR 012


Mendi + Keith Obadike

The Sour Thunder

Even the Magnolia/The Scent of Sugar Cane [6:08]

Bridge Records 9158
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Tangerine Dream


Mysterious Semblance At The Strand of Nightmares [10:45]

Virgin - #TAND 5
Reissued in 1995 from the 1974 album.
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Tod Machover


Overture &
Finale [6:38]

Bridge Records 9007 OR


Le Voyage Dans La Lune

Moon Fever [3:34]


Pete M. Wyer

Planet 49

Flying Or Falling, excerpt [7:28]

Daniel Bachman

"Psychedelic Appalachia" (Special Podcast)

Hear fingerstyle guitar music with a wash of drones - "Psychedelic Appalachia"- from steel string shredder Daniel Bachman, whose latest effort is the full-length “Seven Pines.” His playing has evoked the names of both John Fahey and Robbie Basho, in both the technicality and the emotional depth.  However, it’s actually the late fingerstylist Jack Rose to whom he has been most often compared in that Bachman also relocated from Fredericksburg, VA to Philadelphia and the American Primitive guitar spirit runs strong in him.

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