When Words Don't Matter (Special Podcast)

Monday, November 04, 2013


For this New Sounds, hear a hypnotic work of vocal layers from the electronic duo Matmos, “Just Waves,” from their Ganzfeld EP, a concept record based on their own telepathic experiments.  Throughout the progression of the work, these ebbing and flowing voices -Matmos (M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel) together with three other singers: Dan Deacon, Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors), and Clodagh Simonds (Fovea Hex)-  speak-sing the transcripts of the psychic session material in pitched clusters, until the sensations described in the experiment are shaped back into one single phrase about the “triangle at the top.”

Then listen to Nico Muhly's "Mothertongue," a four part piece, featuring layers of singer Abigail Fisher's voice and electronic treatments.  There's also music from Paul Lansky's "More Than Idle Chatter," where spoken English is the basis for the work.  Plus, hear music from Joan LaBarbara and Meredith Monk, who both use the sounds of German words in works, and none of the words matter.

PROGRAM #3397, When Words Don’t Matter   (First aired on 11/15/2012)                                            






Ganzfeld EP

Just Waves [12:44]

Thrill Jockey 315

Paul Lansky

More Than Idle Chatter

Just More Idle Chatter [8:48]

Bridge Records #9050

Nico Muhly


Mothertongue, Pt. 1 Archive [5:50]

Brassland #018

Joan La Barbara

Sound Paintings

Berliner Träume, excerpt [7:10]

Meredith Monk

Do You Be

Memory Song [6:43]

ECM #1336*


More in:

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.


About New Sounds Podcasts

The most cutting-edge, worldly-wise music show on the airwaves returns with nearly bi-weekly installments available for download.  For more than three decades, host John Schaefer has been exploring more genres of music than you knew existed.  A truly compelling hour of radio, and now you can tune in wherever you are, whenever you want. As if you weren’t dependent enough on your MP3 player…

Supported by