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Coping Strategies

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Celebrate loss. Say "so what?" to adversity. Shout into the abyss. Talk with friends. David Garland presents these and other "coping strategies" suggested in songs.

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Soundcheck

Alex Timbers Says Theater 'Feels Irrelevant'

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The renowned theater director talks about his work on Rocky The Musical as well as his upcoming projects, including Up Here -- a musical written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, of Book of Mormon and Frozen fame.

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New Sounds

New Music for Brass

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.

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Transportation Nation

PHOTOS: Brooklyn Bike Park Marries the Mind of David Byrne to the Art of KAWS

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

David Byrne and Ruthie Ann Miles on "Here Lies Love"

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: David Byrne

Friday, May 31, 2013

David Byrne was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about bringing his disco musical "Here Lies Love" to the stage of the Public Theater. He also told us what music he's listening to right now!

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Studio 360

Alex Timbers and Here Lies Love

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 ...

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New Sounds

New Music for Brass

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.

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Transportation Nation

Musician: Use Technology To Make NY Subway Turnstiles Sing

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Should a beep be replaced by a series of notes?  (photo by Susan NYC via flickr)

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?

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Maverick Mixtapes

Maverick Mixtapes: David Byrne

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.

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New Sounds

Philip Glass at 75

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.

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Studio 360

David Byrne and the Birth of Talking Heads

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 ...

Video: Talking Heads, "Psycho Killer" Live at CBGB, 1975

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Studio 360

David Byrne & Teachers Rebooted

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 ...

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Transportation Nation

PHOTOS: Scenes from New York City Bike Share Announcement

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

As we reported earlier, New York City announced the vendor for its bike share program.

A bike share station (photo by Kate Hinds)

A close up of the handlebars of one of the sample bikes. Looks like a three speed.

(photo by Kate Hinds)

The formal announcement:

Dan Cantor (Working Families Party), Alison Cohen (President, Alta), Janette Sadik-Khan (NYC DOT Commissioner), Gale Brewer (NYC Council Member), Kathleen Wylde (Partnership for NYC), Paul Steely White (Transportation Alternatives) and Brad Lander (NYC Council Member)

Front view of a bike station:

(photo by Kate Hinds)

Musician -- and bike advocate -- David Byrne was on hand:

David Byrne (photo by Kate Hinds)

So were city politicians.

Gale Brewer, Janette Sadik-Khan, NYC Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson, NYC Council Member Letitia James, and Colvin Grannum, president of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration (photo by Kate Hinds)

Eco-friendly parking stations:

The bike stations are solar powered (photo by Kate Hinds)

Docking instructions:

(photo by Kate Hinds)

A sample payment machine:

(photo by Kate Hinds)

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.

 Janette Sadik-Khan test-driving one of the bikes (photo by Kate Hinds)

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New Sounds

Preaching to the Choir (Encore Edition)

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.

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Features

Sweatshoppe's "Video Painting"

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Artists in New York love playing with buildings. Last year, David Byrne played the Battery Maritime Building, and graffiti went high-tech with LED lights at MoMA’s Design and the Elastic Mind exhibit. Enter Sweatshoppe

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Studio 360

Tori Amos, Right Brain, Byrne

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.

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Studio 360

David Byrne

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 ...

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