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Episode #3204

For the Birds

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

birds (TalayehS/flickr)

For this New Sounds program, we’ll listen to music inspired by birdsong, whether it’s by composers who are birders, or naturalists.  Some of these sounds are electronically processed, and some are recreated acoustically.  We’ll listen to Alaska-based John Luther Adams’ recording “Songbirdsongs,” where an ocarina imitates the birdsong, along with music from Tasmanian Ron Nagorcka played on digeridoo and with samples from the cockatiel family.   Plus music from producer Chris Hughes, his “Slow Motion Blackbird,” and music from Maria Schneider as well.

PROGRAM #        3204, From the Birds            (First aired on 5/13/11)                                                       

ARTIST(S)

RECORDING

CUT(S)

SOURCE

Leif Segerstam, conductor; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Concerto for Birds and Orchestra, "Cantus Arcticus"

Einojuhani Rautavaara : Cantus Arcticus, excerpt [5:00]

Ondine 1079
www.ondine.net

John Luther Adams

Songbirdsongs

Mourning Dove [4:08]

Opus One #66 (LP); LP perhaps available at gemm.com, another recording of the piece is on Centaur #2273, available at www.arkivmusic.com

Leif Segerstam, conductor; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Concerto for Birds and Orchestra, "Cantus Arcticus"

Einojuhani Rautavaara : Cantus Arcticus, excerpt [7:00]

Ondine 1079
See above.

Chris Hughes

Shift

Slow Motion Blackbird [5:47]

Reissue of Helium Records
HeCD002

Due out 5/24/11 on Decca.
www.deccarecords-us.com

Xanthocephalus (Russ Aldertone)

Xanthocephalus

WOTH [3:52]

Skell Records SK 006
skellrecords.blogspot.com

Ron Nagorcka and Robert Williams

Devils of the Night

Galah [5:30]

Move 3259
www.move.com.au

Paul Winter

Earth: Voices of a Planet

Talkabout [3:52]

Living Music 0019
www.livingmusic.com

John Luther Adams

Songbirdsongs

Wood Thrush, excerpt [1:00]

See above.

Maria Schneider Orchestra

Sky Blue

Cerulean Skies, opening [5:00]

Cerulean Skies, closing [9:30]

Artist Share AS0065
www.artistshare.com OR
www.mariaschneider.com

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Comments [2]

Ha. Agreed. I like the show a lot, but sometimes it's a little much for this hour of the night.

Sep. 15 2013 01:02 AM
Armin

Seriously, this show should be in a different time slot! Without fail, the music played will be anxiety provoking, anxious, nervous, nerve-wracking, neurotic or whatever else I really don't want to listen to before going to bed! Middle of the afternoon, sometime around everybody's "midday slump" would be a perfect "pick-me-up," but around midnight??? And I'm a bartender so I'm a nightowl, and yet, this stuff at this time is a joke! Literally! My wife, educated at Berkley School of Music and Boston Conservatory, and I are cracking up every time we turn on the radio at this time and end up having to turn it off, because the music is what one might use to try and stay awake on a cross country drive, or something, not what you want while brushing your teeth, before hitting the hey!

Sep. 15 2013 12:51 AM

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