Monday, May 12, 2014
Hear new music for brass, some martial, some big band jazz, and music by David Byrne inspired by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band of New Orleans, and more on this New Sounds Program. Then it's high-spirited music from Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy along with a work by Karlheinz Stockhausen, covered by the Respect Sextet. Plus, music by Charles Mingus, as played by Either/Orchestra out of Cambridge, MA. There's also music from Montreal's Ratchet Orchestra as well as something from the Clubfoot Orchestra, and a work by Carla Bley.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
By Stephen Nessen : Reporter, WNYC News
Biking to BAM? Lock up your wheels on the newest invention in the David Byrne Alphabet. The musician/writer teamed up with a local artist to create a bike parking area unveiled Wednesday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Friday, May 31, 2013
David Byrne talks about his 1980s disco musical about the former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos, “Here Lies Love,” along with Ruthie Ann Miles, who plays Imelda Marcos. Set in a dance club atmosphere, the musical traces Imelda Morcos’s meteoric rise to power and subsequent descent into disgrace at the end of the People Power Revolution. It’s playing at the Public Theater through July 28.
Friday, May 17, 2013
The director Alex Timbers is young, but in the last few years he’s already carved out a unique niche as a director of historical mashup musicals. He directed Gutenberg! The Musical! as well as the critically acclaimed Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Timbers is the director of a new show, Here Lies Love ...
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
On this Mardi Gras day, hear new music for brass, some martial, some big band jazz, and music by David Byrne inspired by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band of New Orleans, and more. Then it's high-spirited music from Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy along with a work by Karlheinz Stockhausen, covered by the Respect Sextet. Plus, music by Charles Mingus, as played by Either/Orchestra out of Cambridge, MA. There's also music from Montreal's Ratchet Orchestra as well as something from the Clubfoot Orchestra, and a work by Carla Bley.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
By Kate Hinds
An off-the-cuff idea about re-tuning subway turnstiles is--pun alert!--striking a chord in New York.
Musical legend David Byrne and LCD Sound System co-founder James Murphy sat down at Yale last month for a moderated discussion on the evolving role of the artist in the digital age, during which Murphy floated the radical notion that the beep attending a MetroCard swipe need not be shrill and grating. Not only that, Murphy suggested turnstiles at a given station could be set to sound with a range of notes to give that station a particular sound, especially at rush hour, when the swipes come as swiftly as the notes in a Beethovian crescendo.
The notion has bounced around the blogoshere, including this post that reports on whether the NY Metropolitan Transit Authority would be interested in making the underground experience more sonorous. (No.)
Meanwhile, you can read about James Murphy's turnstile plans -- and listen the Soundcheck - moderated conversation.
All the subway turnstiles in New York City…make a beep. It’s a really unpleasant sound and the one that’s right next to it is slightly out of key with it. So, it’s like “ehhh….aehhh…uehhh” Unless you get it wrong and it’s like, “No!” Then it’s the sound of your bruised hip as you hit the thing…
So I thought, I love New York and I love its aggression, and I love that it doesn’t make it easier for you to be a member of the city…But, I wanted to change the sound of going through the turnstile to a series of notes - I could do a little program. I could be like, well, the dominant note is the root, this is the fifth, this is the third, have a couple of sevenths, throw a few sixths in there just to be crazy. And during rush hour it would make arpeggiated music. And each subway station could have its own key or tonal set. For me, for a new person going to work, I think it would just be nice. It would be hard not to like that more than “shut up, idiot, you’re walking so slow!”
It would be an interesting way to have people relate to the city and I didn’t think it would be that expensive…if anybody knows anybody?
Thursday, March 08, 2012
For Maverick Mixtapes, we asked musicians from different musical backgrounds to curate an hour of music that they deemed best fit the ideal of an "American Maverick." Today's featured musician is composer, songwriter, author, and multimedia artist David Byrne.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
For this New Sounds, we’re celebrating Philip Glass's 75th birthday by listening to excerpts from his works for theatre, film, and dance. We'll hear from "Einstein on the Beach," (1976) – his first “portrait opera” and a moment that changed music. Also, we’ll hear a bit from “Koyaanisqatsi” – an important work for film (Godfrey Reggio), the first of the Qatsi trilogy, and one of his most famous pieces.
Friday, January 20, 2012
The new DVD Talking Heads: Chronology contains film and video of Talking Heads in performance going all the way back to 1975 — before the advent of camcorders, and two years before the release of the band’s first LP. Kurt Andersen talks with David Byrne, the band’s ...
Friday, January 20, 2012
David Byrne tells Kurt Andersen about starting a pop revolution in the early days of Talking Heads. We reveal a bold new graphic design for teachers that takes them out of the little one-room school house and launches them into the 21st century. And despite international accolades, Iran’s filmmakers have ...
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
By Kate Hinds
A close up of the handlebars of one of the sample bikes. Looks like a three speed.
The formal announcement:
Front view of a bike station:
Musician -- and bike advocate -- David Byrne was on hand:
So were city politicians.
Eco-friendly parking stations:
A sample payment machine:
And finally, a joy ride. NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and other city officials make a loop around the plaza in front of reporters.
Thursday, August 04, 2011
The only show that could ever reach you, would be the one built around the voice of preachers. And that's what we'll hear on this episode of New Sounds. There's Steve Reich's classic "It's Gonna Rain," when he stumbled upon the out-of-sync patterns created with two cheap tape recorders, playing back the voice of a preacher man.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Kurt Andersen talks with Tori Amos about her new career-retrospective box set. We'll offer a left-brain approach to Betty Edwards' classic Drawing On The Right Side of The Brain. And Kurt visits David Byrne in his studio in downtown New York, where the former leader of Talking Heads explains his strange new book of diagrams called Arboretum.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Chairs that look like DNA molecules made out of tinker-toys, corporate signs with hidden messages, and trees that diagram everything from the future of rock n' roll to the results of bad habits -- David Byrne has made them all. The former Talking Heads member spends most ...