Episode #2685

Music With Narration

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

For this New Sounds, there's an hour of offbeat words and music. From Aussie composer Ernie Althoff to Toby Twining with John Ventimiglia (from "The Sopranos"), we'll hear tales of misbehaving robots, blows to the head, and what our future looks like - maybe. Listen to "Saturday Stories" by Ernie Althoff along with "Wandering" by Toby Twining. Plus, David Byrne's "In The Future" and David Lang's "Are You Experienced."

PROGRAM #2685, Music With Narration (First aired on Tuesday, 6/5/07)





Ernie Althoff

For Two On Blue

Saturday Stories [20:00]

NMA Productions #6852 Australian cassette, out of print.
Discography here:
Info about NMA here:

David Byrne

Music for the Knee Plays

In The Future [6:30]

ECM #25022 LP
Long out of print.
Try auction sites for LP's and cassettes.

Toby Twining

Toby Twining, Margaret Leng-Tan, John Ventimiglia, live, WNYC 12-30-98

Wandering, excerpt [5:30]

Not commercially available.

David Lang

Are You Experienced?

Are You Experienced? [20:00]

CRI #625 Out of Print
But available through the Bang on a Can Store

Comments [3]

Sandy Yago from San Diego

Hi John, the following 4 of Appleton's LPs/CDs are available in mp3 format on Rhapsody - Contes De La Memoire, Four Fantasies for Synclavier, Music for Synclavier and Other Digital Systems, Two Melodramas for Synclavier (yes, the other piece is the Snow Queen).

AFAIK they are legal downloads (if they are not, please do not tell me...)

Dec. 23 2009 01:14 AM
John Schaefer from WNYC

Wow, Sandy, that's going WAY back... I do remember that piece from Jon Appleton; paired with his recording of the Snow Queen, if memory serves. But that LP has never been released on CD and I don't believe we have the original vinyl anymore in our library.

Still, the idea of a show looking back at the Synclaviers, Arps, Prophets, and Kurzweils of the 70s and early 80s might be fun. Thanks for suggesting it!


Jul. 23 2009 01:06 PM
Sandy Yago from San Diego

A beautiful and haunting piece that is a narrated music is Jon Appleton's "The Tale of William Mariner". What makes it especially interesting is that the instrument is the Synclavier, a computer driven synthesizer of some sort that has was incredibly advanced by its ancient (i.e. decades-old) standards.

I think I first heard it on New Sounds back in my New Yorker days (and if not, I should have).

A synclavier-based show by the way would be an interesting addition to the New Sounds lineup (even if it is not so new any more)

Jul. 21 2009 09:33 PM

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