Ambient Electroacoustic Music

Hear some ambient electronica from the Alaska-based John Luther Adams on this New Sounds. Adams has recently moved away from electronics and into more acoustic chamber music but on "The Place We Began," he goes back to his own beginnings with tape music. Also, listen for some barely-there stasis music from Alva Noto/Ryuichi Sakamoto, along with music by Jon Hopkins. Hopkins is a composer, pianist, and self-taught studio manipulator whose music toes the lines between many genres, merging digital dance-trance coldness with subtle, bucolic textures. We'll listen to some of these artfully constructed rhythmic loops and treated piano and their shimmering depths, and more.

PROGRAM # 2937 Ambient Electro-Acoustica (First aired on Fri. 5/15/09)





Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ensemble Modern


H,J broken line 1, excerpt [1:30]

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John Luther Adams

The Place We Began

At a still place [12:30]

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Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ensemble Modern


Transition, broken line 1 [6:30]

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Jon Hopkins


The Low Places [6:30]

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Chas Smith


Ghosts on the Windows [12:00]

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Daniel Lanois


Todos Santos [5:30]

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