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New Music from Ireland Part 5

Monday, April 27, 2015

In the fifth installment of this series of new music featuring Irish composers, John Schaefer talks to composer Linda Buckley in Dublin.

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Public Service Broadcasting: A Space Age Electronic Dance Party

Friday, April 10, 2015

The London duo marries retro-leaning electronic dance music with archival broadcasts and clips from NASA communications on The Race For Space. Watch the band in the Soundcheck studio.

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Gig Alert: Terry Riley 80th Birthday Bash

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

New Sounds Live concert series celebrates the minimalist electronic pioneer with an all-star performance of "In C."

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Studio 360

Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Friday, March 13, 2015

The dinosaurs from the TV show Dinosaurs dancing to Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize" wins the internet this week.
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Dan Deacon: Riffing With A New Voice

Monday, March 02, 2015

Watch the endlessly exuberant electronic musician perform songs from his latest album, Gliss Riffer, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Gig Alert: Dan Deacon

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The knob-tweaking rhythmic mastermind takes his high-octane show to Rough Trade on Wednesday night.

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Trent Reznor And Atticus Ross Find The Musicality In Noise With 'Gone Girl'

Monday, December 22, 2014

For three decades, the Nine Inch Nails leader and Oscar-winning composer has created innovative and abrasive music. He and collaborator Atticus Ross discuss their score for Gone Girl.

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Stream Soundcheck's Favorite Songs Of 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

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In case you're tired of holiday staples, team Soundcheck has compiled our favorite songs of 2014 -- from soulful live performances to the gems you might've missed.
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Gig Alert: Hundred Waters

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ethereal electronic-inflected group plays with Interpol tonight. Listen to "Out Alee."

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Electric Youth's 'Runaway' Captures The Cinematic Feeling Of Young Love

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Best known for its song "A Real Hero" from the 2011 film, Drive, the L.A. and Toronto-based synth duo performs its aching love song "Runaway" live.
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Spinning on Air

Plug In: Aphex Twin and the Continuum of Electronic Music

Sunday, October 12, 2014

With Aphex Twin as a starting point, David Garland presents electronic music old and new--and sometimes it's not so easy to tell which is which.

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Mixtapes

Tristan Perich on Connections Across Structure, Genre & Style

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sound, visual and installation artist Tristan Perich is fascinated with the sound of 1-bit electronics. His Mixtape features music where "each piece is in dialogue with multiple others."

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Demystifying EDM: What Do House, Trance And Dub Step Mean?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hear some of the best DJs at this year's Electric Zoo Festival -- and find out what terms like "house," "trance," "dub step" and "techno" actually mean. 

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Studio 360

A New Instrument That Lets You See Inside Loop-Based Music

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Jonathan Sparks' creation looks like something between a game and a light show, while allowing viewers inside the creative process. And it's way more fun than watching someone gently tap a pedal.

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World Cup Semifinals: A Clash Of Musical Titans

Monday, July 07, 2014

After this weekend's World Cup action, there are now four teams left for the semi-finals. One of these games pits two countries with estimable musical traditions against each other -- Netherlands and Argentina. The other features two of the world's musical giants -- Germany and Brazil. Soundcheck host John Schaefer explores the match-ups and offers up some musical suggestions.

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New Sounds

Electronic Places

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hear electronic works on this New Sounds from three different countries - Iceland, Germany, and America, and about very specific places - Copenhagen, Milan, Borodino, near Moscow, the Okeefenokee Swamp, and an American piece about a French zoo.  Listen to electroacoustic wizard and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score from an impressionistic documentary film by director Max Kestner, along with ethereal music from Sigur Ros.  There’s also music from Apparat, which is the stage name of German electronic musician Sascha Ring.  Plus, hear music from pioneering electronic musicians Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin, from their recent “Instrumental Tourist,” and more.

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Ben Watt Soulfully Merges 30 Years Of Sonic Exploration

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Eclectic British songwriter and thirty-year rock music veteran Ben Watt joins Soundcheck host John Schaefer to play new music from his solo album Hendra, accompanied by Bernard Butler. 

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Mixtapes

Composer Sam Pluta on Electronic Music Innovations

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Composer and electronic music performer Sam Pluta has written music for Mivos Quartet,  So Percussion and International Contemporary Ensemble among others. His Mixtape surveys pioneers of electronic music, from Bernard Parmegiani to Herbie Hancock. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Gone But Not Forgotten: Ten Early Electronic Music Classics

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

An especially retro-leaning song from Los Angeles-based electronic duo Room8 has Soundcheck host John Schaefer thinking that the sounds of the 1970s and '80s are having a new moment.
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Watch: Wye Oak, Live On Soundcheck

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Known for its cyclone of guitar riffs and screaming feedback, the Baltimore duo turned to synths, bass and electronics and completely overhauled its sound. Watch Wye Oak perform songs from its the transportive, meditative new record, Shriek, in the Soundcheck studio.

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