Episode #2710

25th Anniversaries

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Laurie Anderson's unique and original "Big Science," a blend of smart sung-spoken lyrics and unsettling textures of music, came out of nowhere in 1982, with its skewed pop and minimalist themes teasing at the surreal and absurd. "The sounds of 'Big Science' are stark and asymmetrical, but they’re also often bizarrely hypnotic." (Pop And let's not forget the vocoder on Anderson's voice. Also, wouldn't you know it, it was September 3, 1982 that New Sounds first went on the air. For this New Sounds program, Laurie Anderson and host John Schaefer celebrate 25th Anniversaries together.

PROGRAM #2710 Laurie Anderson's "Big Science"
- the 25th Anniversary (First aired on Tuesday , 9/4/07)





Laurie Anderson

Big Science

Big Science [6:00]
O Superman (For Massenet) [8:00]
From the Air [4:30]
Walking & Falling {2:00]
Born, Never Asked [5:00]

Nonesuch #130428**

Comments [5]

Alex from San Diego

There is nothing comparable to Big Science. I can still listen to it over and over again. It is greatly interesting because of its music, both instrumentalization and melody, and because of the understatedly surrealistic lyrics. And all that together. My favorite is actually X=X and its transition to "what ... is behind ... that curtain". I'm sorry to say however that for me all later works of L.A. have too much of that touchy-feely quality that makes music written by female composers recognizable a a pice written by a woman. Sorry for the late entry, just downloaded the podcast.

Feb. 04 2011 12:24 AM
Walter Anibal Alvarez

Dear People:
I really love you show and i really love Laurie Anderson!!!

Jun. 10 2008 08:13 PM
Patti from Manhattan

It was delightful to hear Laurie Anderson celebrating a 25th anniversary with John Schaefer yesterday! Thank you for sharing a wonderful hour together; it was a warm slice of fond nostalgia. ~:-)

Sep. 05 2007 03:54 PM
Chris from Brooklyn

Laurie is so deftly inspirational, almost effortlessly so. Thanks for 25 years of wonderful work, and a great show.

Sep. 05 2007 12:00 AM
Dan Ochiva from Chelsea! (NYC)

Thanks John for introducing me to 25 years of wonderful, amazing music!

Great to hear Laurie Anderson with you tonight--two innovators sure to deliver another 25 years of interesting new sounds.

Sep. 04 2007 11:41 PM

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