Episode #2937

Ambient Electroacoustic Music

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Friday, May 15, 2009

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


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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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Special Podcast: New Choral Works (originally aired April 16, 2009)

Hear the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola, conducted by Kent Tritle, performing "On Photography" by English composer Gavin Bryars for this New Sounds. The performance was recorded live at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in February 2008 as part of the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert series. There's also ...


Comments [4]

John Schaefer from WNYC

Michael, you were clearly listening to our discussion of "noise" and music on "Soundcheck" Friday afternoon. Somehow your comment got posted to my night-time show instead. But it's a neat story. (For a Mets fan...)

May. 18 2009 01:09 PM
John Schaefer from WNYC

Rick, the other ambient slide guitar music was by Daniel Lanois, from his album "Belladonna." We'll get the full playlist posted soon with all the details. Thanks.

May. 18 2009 01:04 PM
rick from valley stream, ny

tuned in @11:50 friday 5/15/09.

you were playing chas smith - the ghosts on windows, which was awesome. you then played another artist, who played ambient pedal steel,
but i missed the name and album. pls advise.

very interesting stuff. will tune in again

i tried playing show from your archives, but it was instead playing a podcast of new choral works.

tks, rick

May. 16 2009 04:01 PM
michael coffey from NYC

John, once, leaving a mets game in my car, the songs from two radio stations blended their signals, making a marvelous synthesis, with one melody canceling the other and leaving me with a spectacular double bassline and frizzy, zany cymbal play. The melodies groaned in a kind of death struggle beneath. I don't know the two songs, both rock numbers, though. The result was memorable, and opened up to some imaginary place where a different definition of music held forth.

==michael coffey

May. 15 2009 02:38 PM

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