Program #2000

New Sounds presents some memorable performances from its first 2000 episodes. Kicking off the program is Penguin Café Orchestra as heard in the very first New Sounds broadcast, September 3, 1982. We move ahead four years to a 1986 performance at Merkin Concert Hall by overtone singing master David Hykes and The Harmonic Choir, in their landmark work, "Hearing Solar Winds." Other highlights include Robert Moran performing in host John Schaefer’s kitchen; Laurie Anderson’s memorable performances from the New Sounds Live 10th Anniversary special; guitarist John Fahey’s inimitable "Good King Wenceslas"/"Green Onions" Medley; and the McCullough Sons of Thunder at New Sounds Live/World Festival of Sacred Music.

PROGRAM #2000, memorable moments from New Sounds past First aired on 1/28/02)





Brian Eno

Before and After Science

Julie With…, excerpt [1:30]

Editions EG**, available online*

Penguin Café Orchestra

Music from the Penguin Café

Penguin Café Single [6:00]

From the first New Sounds broadcast, 9/3/82. Editions EG #27**, also available from *

David Hykes & The Harmonic Choir

New Sounds Live, Merkin Hall, 9/14/86

Kyrie Opening/Hearing Solar Winds, excerpt [6:30]

Recorded originally by Ocora Records, France, and being reissued in Spring 2002. Available from

Robert Moran

Private tapes, from New Sounds #381, recorded in John Schaefer's kitchen

Hagoromo, excerpt [2:30]

Points of Departure, excerpt [2:00]

Private recordings; not commercially available. Info online at

John Fahey

Live performance, New Sounds Christmas Program, 1991

Good King Wenceslas/Green Onions Medley [5:00]

Fahey's Christmas albums, volumes 1 and 2, are back in print and available in stores** or online*.

Laurie Anderson

New Sounds Live 10th Anniversary season, Merkin Hall, 2/15/96

3 Stories from Cyberspace, #s 1 and 3 [6:00]

Not commercially available.

Jocelyn Pook Ensemble

New Sounds Live, World Financial Center Winter Garden, 11/3/99

Tango With Corrugated Iron [5:00]

Not commercially available. Further info at

McCullough Sons of Thunder

New Sounds Live/World Festival of Sacred Music, Merkin Hall, 5/9/01

Sound Off With Praise, excerpt [4:00]

Not commercially available.

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