#3666: Orchestral and Electronic Music

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For this New Sounds, hear electronic-inspired orchestral music from Ted Hearne and Anna Thorvaldsdottir, music that mixes orchestra and electronics from Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason, and a work from Brian Eno as well. Listen to “Aeriality” for orchestra by Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, which has echoes of her work with electronic sound. Also, from Thorvaldsdottir’s recent release, “Aerial,” hear a work for piano and electronics, “Trajectories.” 

Then, listen to “Sci-fi” music made in Poland by two Icelandic-based musicians, one of whom, Ben Frost, was raised in Australia. Hear the “ravishing sensory experience” that is Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason’s collaborative symphonic suite, in reaction to the Andrei Tarkovsky film “Sólaris.” There’s also ambient music from Brian Eno, who consulted closely in the creation of Sólaris. Plus, there’s electronic-inspired music from Ted Hearne, whose work, “The Law of Mosaics,” creates a magnificent sonic patchwork, imaginatively spun by the chamber orchestra, A Far Cry.

PROGRAM #3666 Orchestral and Electronic Music (First aired on 11/25/2014)  

ARTIST: Iceland Symphony Orchestra / Ilan Volkov, conductor
WORK: Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Aeriality for Orchestra [13:32]
RECORDING: Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Aerial
SOURCE: Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Music Classics 00028948113545
INFO: universalmusicclassics.com

ARTIST: Ben Frost / Daníel Bjarnason
WORK: Saccades [6:01]
RECORDING: Sólaris
SOURCE: Bedroom Community HVALUR 012
INFO: bedroomcommunity.net

ARTIST: A Far Cry
WORK: Ted Hearne: Law of Mosaics: Beats [5:43]
RECORDING:  The Law of Mosaics - Ted Hearne and Andrew Norman
SOURCE: Crier 1402
INFO: a-far-cry/law-of-mosaics

ARTIST: Ben Frost / Daníel Bjarnason
WORK: Simulacra I [5:35]
RECORDING: Sólaris
SOURCE: Bedroom Community HVALUR 012
INFO: bedroomcommunity.net

ARTIST: Brian Eno
WORK: Dunwich Beach, Autumn, 1960 [7:07]
RECORDING: Ambient #4: On Land
SOURCE: E.G. # 20, reissued by Astralwerks 
INFO: Available at Amazon.com

ARTIST: Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir & Anna Thorvaldsdottir
WORK: Trajectories, excerpt [12:00]
RECORDING: Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Aerial
SOURCE: Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Music Classics 00028948113545
INFO: universalmusicclassics.com