New Sounds of Old Americana

Listen to old Americana recordings woven into tapestries of new music on this edition of New Sounds. There’s music by Moby, David Byrne and Brian Eno, and a brand new arrival of music by Chris Becker. Becker’s latest, "Saints & Devils," is a ten-part suite -inspired by rural blues, gospel and Cajun music- which uses samples from the Alan Lomax recordings, live instruments and processing to create a unique texture of sound sculpture and words. We’ll listen to parts of Becker’s suite along with A. Leroy’s work "Handa Wanda" for three saxophones, whose interlocking rhythms suggest New Orleans Mardi Gras drumming. And, of course, much more.

PROGRAM # 2616, New Sounds of Old Americana (First aired on 12/11/06)





Chris Becker

Saints & Devils

Wake Up Dead Man [4:00]

O Brother, Where Art Thou?


Po’ Lazarus [4:00]

Lost Highway/Mercury #170098** also available at*

Brian Eno & David Byrne

My Life In The Bush of Ghosts

Moonlight In Glory [4:30]

Nonesuch #79894***



Natural Blues [4:00]

V2/BMG Records #27049** or

Toshi Reagon

NS Live

Mr. Conductor 6:00]

This performance not commercially available.

Last Forever

NS Live, 2-7-02

Boll Weevil Blues [15:00]

This performance not commercially available.

A. Leroy

Private tape

Handa Wanda, excerpt [3:00]

This performance not commercially available.

Chris Becker

Saints & Devils

Shimmy Shimmy Ya Ya [6:00]

See above.