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The Brian Lehrer Show

Esoteric Hip-Hop

Friday, August 15, 2008

Musician, conceptual artist and writer DJ Spooky (aka Paul D. Miller) looks at composition and digital media in his new book/cd Sound Unbound.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

No Time to Think

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Do you eat al desko? Did you know that it's killing your creativity? Free time to just think is invaluable. David Levy, professor at the Information School at the University of Washington, and Tony Buzan, inventor of Mind Maps, explain how to carve out time and ...

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New Sounds

“Electric” Music

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

For this New Sounds, hear some works that make use of the actual sounds of electricity, whether man-made or naturally occurring. Christine Southworth uses the sounds of a Van Der Graaf Generator and two Tesla Coils in her collection called “Zap!” Also, Annie Gosfield and Terry Riley look at the ...

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New Sounds

Musical Landscapes

Monday, August 11, 2008

Listen to some finely-textured musical landscapes from film, the concert stage, and the studio on this edition of New Sounds. Kronos Quartet & Mogwai play the Clint Mansell score to the movie “Fountain,” Robert Fripp plays an electric guitar Soundscape from a New Sounds Live concert, and there's "glitch” electronica ...

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New Sounds

Unexpected Strings

Sunday, August 10, 2008

For this New Sounds, listen to some chamber music for zither and strings, for sampled guitar and electronics, and more. There’s music from composer Dan Joseph, whose past work for Gamelan Son of Lion includes writing a piece for hammer dulcimer and Javanese Gamelan. Plus, there’s music from Turkish electronic ...

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New Sounds

Ambient Classical (originally aired Aug. 29, 2006)

Sunday, August 03, 2008

For this New Sounds, listen to ambient classical California composers like Phillip Schroeder, Harold Budd, Daniel Lentz, and more. Composer/music professor Phillip Schroeder uses multiple pianos and digital delays to generate dense masses of shimmering trills and cascades that create a complex calm and openness. Harold Budd’s music, a sparse ...

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Soundcheck

iPhone Smackdown

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Apple's new iPhone G3 is earning praise from some music fans for its ability to let you listen to live radio, identify songs you hear or even hum, and build playlists of favorite artists or genres. But there's also a growing backlash from iPhone haters who argue that it's all ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Wikimania in Egypt

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, and Mohamed "Mido" Ibrahim, organizer of Wikimania 2008 in Alexandria, Egypt, talk about the importance of creating Arabic content on Wikipedia. Plus, The New York Times' Noam Cohen explains how Egyptian youth are using Facebook to organize protest movements.

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