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Episode #3564


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Monday, February 10, 2014

Hear music that was imagined in colors. The featured composers in this episode of New Sounds have synesthesia, a rare neurological phenomenon where two or more of their senses cross wires and connect in an unusual way. While some synesthetes relate numbers to textures or words to tastes, these musicians see colors when hearing music and vice versa. Hear Andy Akiho’s and Michael Torke’s musical interpretations of yellow, Aphex Twin’s blue, Robert Fripp’s red, and a darker crimson from Akiho again. Also included in the episode are works by non-synesthetes — electronica artist Sam KDC with his track titled “Synesthesia,” a jazz power trio named after synesthetic artist Wassily Kandinsky, and Keith Jarrett with his improvisational take on light/dark.


PROGRAM #3564 Synesthesia (First aired on 2/10/2014)  





Aphex Twin

Selected Ambient Works Volume II

Blue calx, excerpt [7:20]

Warp Records 21

Andy Akiho

No One to Know One

Kiiro (Yellow) from Synesthesia Suite [5:10]

Innova 801

Michael Torke

Torke: The Yellow Pages

The Yellow Pages [6:50]

Argo Records 430 209-2

The Kandinsky Effect


Left Over Shoes [4:32]


Andy Akiho

No One to Know One

Karakurenai, "Rochester Song" (Crimson) from Synesthesia Suite

See above

King Crimson


Red [6:15]


Aphex Twin

Selected Ambient Works Volume II

Blue calx [7:20]

See above



Synesthesia [7:30]

Veil 001

Keith Jarrett

Dark Intervals

Opening [12:24]

ECM 1379



Between Two Worlds (Special Podcast)

Listen to music between two worlds on this New Sounds program, namely works with elements of classical music-be it orchestra, choral, or chamber music- which also embrace elements of pop, rock and electronic music.  Hear the latest from Son Lux (Ryan Lott), who builds lush orchestral sounding pop music, working with contemporary classical musicians like yMusic to create dramatic and catchy slices of music designed to make classification a challenge.  Also, listen to music from Icelandic keyboard player / composer Olafur Arnalds along with something from the Baltimore-based electronic wizard, Dan Deacon.  That, and more.

Special thanks to our hardworking New Sounds Assistant, Isabel Kim, for making this podcast possible.

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