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Episode #3601

Between Rock and Classical

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

For this New Sounds, there’s music that falls into the cracks between rock and classical, between popular music and contemporary chamber music.  Listen to music by Yann Tiersen, probably best known for the “Amelie” soundtrack.  Hear selections from his latest, “∞”(Infinity), which is a collection of songs, stories and instrumentals made mostly in Iceland and incorporating Breton and Icelandic, but also Faroese and English.

There’s also music from Swiss violinist and bandleader Tobias Preisig, that might be akin to Radiohead. Then, hear music from the Isle of Wight and singer Puzzle Muteson, and something from a trio called Sontag Shogun who make music with grand piano, field recordings and tape loops.  Plus, more music that doesn’t slide neatly into one category, like Hauschka or Julianna Barwick.  And more.

PROGRAM #3601 Between Rock and Classical (First aired on 5/21/2014)  





Tobias Preisig


Splendid, excerpt [1:00]

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Yann Tiersen


The Crossing [5:43]

Mute 9592 , also available at

Julianna Barwick

Rosabi EP

Meet You at Midnight [3:42]

Due out digitally June 3rd on Dead Oceans
A 1000 count limited edition 10-inch record will be included only in 750ml “bomber” cases of her official Dogfish Head beer also called Rosabi.

Yann Tiersen


Ar Maen Bihan [6:53]

See above.

Christopher O’Riley & Matt Haimovitz


Pyramid Song [4:38]

Oxingale 2019  

Tobias Preisig


Splendid [5:44]

See above.



Pyramid Song [4:49]

Capitol/EMI Records - #CDSFHEIT 45101
Available at, iTunes

Puzzle Muteson

En Garde

En Garde [3:56]


Sontag Shogun


The Musk Ox [4:46]

Palaver Press PM007


Abandoned City

Agdam [4:55]

Temporary Residence trr232

Comments [1]



The Radiohead tune is definitely not in 11. It's mostly bars of 7 with interposed bars of 8. Mostly 3 bars of 7 followed by one bar of 8. That would be 29, but it seems to change, with a couple bars of 8 in a row. Sorry, lost count! I would call it "in 7", with interludes, like some Beatles and Blondie tunes...


May. 21 2014 11:39 PM

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