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Another Side of the Trumpet

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Hear the trumpet used in new, nontraditional ways on this episode of New Sounds. 

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Five Futuristic Musical Instruments That Are Now Real

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Here are five high-tech instruments that seem to come straight out of a science fiction movie. Will these become the norm?

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With Ben Neill

Friday, July 25, 2014

Composer, performer, producer, and inventor of the mutantrumpet, Ben Neill,presents music from his project "Manitoga" for this New Sounds program. "Manitoga" is a new environmental composition for mutantrumpet, a hybrid electro-acoustic instrument, and a 8-piece brass ensemble of Carol Szymanski’s “phonemophones”  bugles, each of which forms a letter of the alphabet in a font of her design. (The horns used are the letters in the word MANITOGA.) Neill’s mutantrumpet will act as the controller for processing the other instruments along with sounds of the environment. The work receives its premiere on Saturday, July 26 on the grounds that share its name: Manitoga, the estate of the 20th-century industrial designer Russell Wright.

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New Music for Trumpet

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Listen to a bit of new music for trumpet and electronics by Nils Petter Molvaer, from his 2011 record, “Baboon Moon,” on this New Sounds program.  There’s also music from a lovely collaboration record between a Senegalese singer/kora player Ablaye Cissoko and German-born trumpeter Volker Goetze, a late-night gem combining West African music and ethereal, atmospheric European jazz.

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Electronic Songs

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Hear electronic songs on this New Sounds program, involving voice, sometimes layered,  with more layers of keyboards & electronics, and other instruments.  There’s new music from the Geoff Smith Band (which now includes members of the band Portishead) and their adaptation of “Black is the Color.” It’s a blend of traditional folksong and poetry by Rimbaud.  Also, listen to selections from “Songs for Persephone” by Mimi Goese and Ben Neill, built on her voice and electronics along with ethereal music from Jonsi & Alex. Jonsi, the singer for the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós, and his partner, Alex Somers, have also recorded under the moniker Riceboy Sleeps. Plus, revisit Laurie Anderson’s “O Superman,” and meditate on her voice, keyboards & processing.  The song was a surprise hit song on the U.K. pop charts in the early 1980’s. And more.

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Another Side of the Trumpet

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Hear new music for trumpet from a collaboration by Volker Goetze & Ablaye Cissoko for trumpet and kora featuring their tribute to “Haiti” on this New Sounds show.  Also, listen to works by Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen, and by the American trumpet manipulator Jon Hassell.  Plus, hear one of the stranger works written for trumpet by La Monte Young from a concert recording made by WNYC in 1993, the "Melodic Version of the Second Dream of the High Tension Line Stepdown Transformer from the Four Dreams of China."  That, and more.

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New Music for Trumpet

Friday, May 24, 2013

Listen to a bit of new music for trumpet and electronics by Nils Petter Molvaer, from his latest, “Baboon Moon,” on this New Sounds program.  There’s also music from a lovely collaboration record between a Senegalese singer/kora player Ablaye Cissoko and German-born trumpeter Volker Goetze, a late-night gem combining West African music and ethereal, atmospheric European jazz.

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Another Side of the Trumpet

Monday, December 10, 2012

Hear new music for trumpet from a collaboration by Volker Goetze & Ablaye Cissoko for trumpet and kora featuring their tribute to “Haiti” on this New Sounds show.  Also, listen to works by Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen, and by the American trumpet manipulator Jon Hassell.  Plus, hear one of the stranger works written for trumpet by La Monte Young from a concert recording made by WNYC in 1993, the "Melodic Version of the Second Dream of the High Tension Line Stepdown Transformer from the Four Dreams of China."  That, and more.

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Acoustic Music with Computers

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Listen to selections from Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson’s soundtrack to the beautiful animated short film Varmints. Hear a WNYC commission by composer Osvaldo Golijov, called "Radio," for hyper-accordion, string quartet and laptop, featuring samples from the WNYC archives, and ETHEL. There’s also a work by Ben Neill, who plays the "Mutant trumpet," an instrument with two bells welded to it, and enhanced by computer. Rounding out the show is music by Madelyn Byrne, from her suite for piano and computer, “The Elements.”

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New Music for Trumpet

Monday, February 13, 2012

Listen to a bit of new music for trumpet and electronics by Nils Petter Molvaer, from his latest, “Baboon Moon,” on this New Sounds program.  There’s also music from a lovely collaboration record between a Senegalese singer/kora player Ablaye Cissoko and German-born trumpeter Volker Goetze, a late-night gem combining West African music and ethereal, atmospheric European jazz. 

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Acoustic Music with Computers

Friday, September 16, 2011

Listen to selections from Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson’s soundtrack to the beautiful animated short film Varmints. Hear a WNYC commission by composer Osvaldo Golijov, called "Radio," for hyper-accordion, string quartet and laptop, featuring samples from the WNYC archives, and ETHEL. There’s also a work by Ben Neill, who plays the "Mutant trumpet," an instrument with two bells welded to it, and enhanced by computer. Rounding out the show is music by Madelyn Byrne, from her suite for piano and computer, “The Elements.”

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