Saturday, October 27, 2012
Hear some Icelandic electronic chamber music with a delicate undercurrent of minimalism from the young Olafur Arnalds on this New Sounds. The rest of this Northern edition of the show includes music from Norway and Sweden, and more from Iceland.
Friday, March 18, 2011
For this New Sounds, there’s music from Montreal-based musician Colin Stetson on (mostly bass) saxophone without looping or overdubbing. (How DOES he do it?) Stetson’s technique of circular breathing (much like digeridoo players) combined with nearly 20 microphones placed all over a studio- including on Stetson’s throat and on the instruments themselves - created an original palette of sounds, thanks to producer Shahzad Ismaily and engineer Efrim Menuck from Godspeed You! Black Emperor/A Silver Mt Zion. Ben Frost then mixed these tracks into a haunting and riveting record, “New History Warfare Vol. 2 . (Excited note: guest appearances by both Shara Worden and Laurie Anderson.)
Friday, March 11, 2011
Australian-born, Iceland-based composer and sound artist Ben Frost shares his ghostly and paranoid new release "By The Throat." Frost has brought a number of collaborators on board, including composer Nico Muhly, Swedish metal band Crowpath, Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara and all-female Icelandic string quartet Amiina to help create this music of the foreground. Using electronics, some field recordings of wolves and abrasive processed (tortured, really) guitars, he creates a dense, murky, and menacing musical experience of industrial machinery, orchestral drone and noise. The "King of Compositional Doom" himself, Ben Frost, joins host John Schaefer to present selections from the album for this New Sounds.
Friday, January 21, 2011
For this New Sounds, we'll listen to some electronic music from Iceland by the Australian-born composer Ben Frost. Dark acoustically generated guitar and piano textures are expertly combined with electronically processed stabs and eruptions on Frost's record "By the Throat." Plus, there's ambient post-rock music from Mountains, and some of Wendy Carlos' "Sonic Seasonings" from the early 70s, featuring the found sounds of wolves.