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Now is the Winter of our Discontent

Sunday, December 21, 2014

For this New Sounds program listen to songs about winter, as we welcome spring from San Francisco-based finger-style guitarist Sean Smith to the minimalist cool of the Geoff Smith Band.

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99% Invisible

128- Hacking IKEA

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

IKEA hacking is the practice of buying things from IKEA and reengineering—or "hacking"—them to become customized, more functional, and often just better designed stuff. The locus of the IKEA hacking movement is a website called IKEAhackers.net.

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New Sounds

Now is the Winter of our Discontent

Thursday, April 03, 2014

"Now is the Winter of our Discontent / Made glorious Summer by this sun of York..." (Shakespeare's Richard III) or, if you prefer, "Winter is Coming" (or at least Season 4 of "Game of Thrones.") For this New Sounds program listen to songs about winter, as we welcome spring from San Francisco-based finger-style guitarist Sean Smith to the minimalist cool of the Geoff Smith Band.  There's the rare bit of instrumental music from Meredith Monk along with music for cellist Zach Miskin, written by guitarist Bryce Dessner (the National, Clogs), as well as keyboard music from David Borden.  Also, from New York-based Matt McBane and Build, hear "Imagining Winter."  Listen to Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson's take on winter, as well as Japanese pianist/composer/producer Ryuchi Sakamoto's music, "Ice." That, and more.

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New Sounds

New Music Youngsters

Sunday, June 23, 2013

On this New Sounds, listen to some of the central players of the indie-chamber, or indie-classical "scene."  We'll hear from yMusic, a new music group who can move between folk, classical, and indie quite effortlessly.  We'll hear music from their latest recording, a demo of Gabriel Kahane's song cycle, “For the Union Dead,” (music by Gabriel Kahane, words by Robert Lowell), along with music from the ACME ensemble, recorded live.  Plus, another live recording from the New Sounds Live concert series at Merkin Hall featuring the 8-person strong group, Newspeak.

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Q2 Music

Brooklyn-Based Build Premieres New Video for 'Ride'

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The newest video by New York new-music ensemble Build highlights what the band is all about: hypnotic repetitions, stripped-down chord progressions and a driving back-beat. Watch the premiere of Ride.

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New Sounds

Winter Is Coming

Friday, December 21, 2012

From San Francisco-based finger-style guitarist Sean Smith to the minimalist cool of the Geoff Smith Band, listen to songs about winter for this New Sounds program.  There's the rare bit of instrumental music from Meredith Monk along with music for cellist Zach Miskin, written by guitarist Bryce Dessner (the National, Clogs), as well as keyboard music from David Borden.  Also, from New York-based Matt McBane and Build, hear "Imagining Winter."  Listen to Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson's take on winter, as well as Japanese pianist/composer/producer Ryuchi Sakamoto's music, "Ice." That, and more.

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New Sounds

New Music Youngsters

Thursday, June 21, 2012

On this New Sounds, listen to some of the central players of the indie-chamber, or indie-classical "scene."  We'll hear from yMusic, a new music group who can move between folk, classical, and indie quite effortlessly.  We'll hear music from their latest recording, a demo of Gabriel Kahane's song cycle, “For the Union Dead,” (music by Gabriel Kahane, words by Robert Lowell), along with music from the ACME ensemble, recorded live.  Plus, another live recording from the most recent New Sounds Live concert at Merkin Hall featuring the 8-person strong group, Newspeak.

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New Sounds

Electroacoustic Chamber Music

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Today’s chamber music can include electronics, electric guitars and bass, and other sounds borrowed from pop music.  It’s not just string quartets and wind quintets anymore.  On this New Sounds, we sample some electroacoustic chamber music from the likes of Bing & Ruth and Build. Plus, music from English composer Andrew Poppy and his amplified orchestra.  And more.

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New Sounds

Bang on a Can Marathon 2009 - Part I

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Listen to highlights from the 2009 Bang on a Can Marathon. Hear music by Andy Akiho and the Foundry Steel Pan Ensemble, Matthew McBane and Build, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen and the choir Ars Nova, and more.

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New Sounds

Mid-Sized Ensembles

Saturday, July 09, 2011

We'll hear from four different mid-sized ensembles on this New Sounds program.  The thing to keep in mind is the versatility of all these bands, who all have bass and drums, so that they almost look like and sometimes sound like a rock or jazz band.  Listen to something from the "indie" classical band Build, John Hollenbeck's ensemble Claudia Quintet, the new music group Flexible Music, and the new music and jazz players of Joseph C. Phillips, Jr.'s group Numinous.

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New Sounds

New Music Youngsters

Thursday, March 10, 2011

On this New Sounds, listen to some of the central players of the indie-chamber, or indie-classical "scene."  We'll hear from yMusic, a new music group who can move between folk, classical, and indie quite effortlessly.  We'll hear music from their latest recording, a demo of Gabriel Kahane's song cycle, “For the Union Dead,” (music by Gabriel Kahane, words by Robert Lowell), along with music from the ACME ensemble, recorded live.  Plus, another live recording from the most recent New Sounds Live concert at Merkin Hall featuring the 8-person strong group, Newspeak. 

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New Sounds

Electroacoustic Chamber Music

Friday, January 28, 2011

Today’s chamber music can include electronics, electric guitars and bass, and other sounds borrowed from pop music.  It’s not just string quartets and wind quintets anymore.  On this New Sounds, we sample some electroacoustic chamber music from the likes of Bing & Ruth and Build. Plus, music from English composer Andrew Poppy and his amplified orchestra.  And more.

New Sounds

Mid-Sized Ensembles

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

We'll hear from four different mid-sized ensembles on this New Sounds program.  The thing to keep in mind is the versatility of all these bands, who all have bass and drums, so that they almost look like and sometimes sound like a rock or jazz band.  Listen to something from the "indie" classical band Build, John Hollenbeck's ensemble Claudia Quintet, the new music group Flexible Music, and the new music and jazz players of Joseph C. Phillips, Jr.'s group Numinous.

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New Sounds

Bang on a Can Marathon 2009 - Part I

Thursday, June 24, 2010

New Sounds has the goodies! Listen to highlights from the 2009 Bang on a Can Marathon. 

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