Episode #73

Program #73

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Wednesday, August 11, 2004

The incredibly gifted and astonishingly avant-folk guitarist Michael Hedges left the planet much too soon in 1997. He made brilliant music with alternate tunings, incorporating harmonics and was known for striking the guitar’s body and strings with his fingers, palms and knuckles. Hedges' close friend and sometime collaborator, electric bass virtuoso Michael Manring, was a genre-bender, before music writers ever discovered that hyphenated term. He started out in the New Age bins, but moved all over with various projects, including the very first New Age-death-metal-jazz-funk-fusion record, among other things, with his “hyperbass”, (a fretless instrument which makes re-tuning mid-piece a little easier). For this From the Vaults edition of New Sounds from October 10, 1987, the two artists visited and played at the WNYC performance studios.

PROGRAM # 73, With guests Michael Manring and Michael Hedges (10/10/1987)





Michael Hedges

The Shape of the Land

Because It's There

Windham Hill Records WH 1055. Out of print, but try

Live performances

Silent Anticipation Aerial Boundaires

Not commercially available.

Aerial Boundaries

Spare Change

Windham Hill #1032,

Michael Manring

Unusual Weather


Windham Hill #1044. Out of print.

Live performance

Longair Mobile

Not commercially available.

Unusual Weather

Thunder Tactics

See above.

Live performance

Thunder Tactics, solo

Not commercially available.

Michael Hedges with Michael Manring

Aerial Boundaries

After the Gold Rush

See above.

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