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Music for Alternative Tunings

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Hear works by American composer Mathew Rosenblum influenced in part by a love of Javanese music, Sonic Youth, and by the music of LaMonte Young on this New Sounds program.

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Spinning on Air

Songs of Sunlight for a Sunday Serenade

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Serenade for Sunday evening. Songs about sunlight, heroic pigeons, country living, and time passing, from Françoise Hardy, The Unthanks, Son Lux, The Zombies, Elodie Lauten, and others.

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RIP Elodie Lauten, 1950-2014

Friday, June 06, 2014

For this New Sounds program, we’ll look back at the music and career of the underrated and often overlooked French-born, New York-based composer and keyboardist Elodie Lauten, who died earlier this week, at the age of 63.  Listen to Lauten in many settings: interviews and performances in our studio and onstage from New Sounds Live, and her other commercial and unreleased recordings.  Hear some of the first work John Schaefer heard by Lauten in 1983, “Cat Counterpoint” for piano, concrete sounds and synthesizer, along with portions of a 1989 interview.  There’s also a performance at our piano from November of 1985, as well as a 1994 electronic performance in our studio, direct to the board with Lauten’s giant Proteus keyboard –– so as to better enable alternate tunings.  That work, Elodie Lauten’s “The Gaia Cycle” (1993) was created using universal modes, based on the Earth’s day/night cycle, which are not Western tunings, and avoid equal temperament, but “don’t hit you over the head,” with their alternate tuning.

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Earth Day Music

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

On this edition of New Sounds, hear music to celebrate Earth Day. There’s a helping of music by Tasmanian composer and naturalist Ron Nagorcka, who uses the sounds of forest surroundings, like water, birds, and wind. Hear music from Steven Feld’s Rainforest Soundwalks, an aural collection of purely environmental sound with a stunning depth of field. Plus, listen to excerpts from Elodie Lauten's Gaia Cycle, an electronic work based on a correspondence with the rotation of the earth and the yearly cycle, and much more.

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Music for Alternative Tunings

Monday, December 30, 2013

Hear works by American composer Mathew Rosenblum influenced in part by a love of Javanese music, the music produced by Sonic Youth, and by the music of LaMonte Young on this New Sounds program.  Listen to Rosenblum's set of two works; Fantasy for Roberta Liss, and Gymnopedie for Art Jarvinen, both of which use a 21-note to the octave scale along with the 12-note equal tempered scale to which Western ears might be more attuned.

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Music for Alternative Tunings

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hear works by American composer Mathew Rosenblum influenced in part by a love of Javanese music, the music produced by Sonic Youth, and by the music of LaMonte Young on this New Sounds program.  Listen to Rosenblum's set of two works; Fantasy for Roberta Liss, and Gymnopedie for Art Jarvinen, both of which use a 21-note to the octave scale along with the 12-note equal tempered scale to which Western ears might be more attuned. 

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New Sounds

New Music from Keyboardists

Saturday, June 30, 2012

The old tradition of the keyboardist/composer (think Bach, Beethoven, Mozart) lives on in the works of England’s Andrew Poppy, whose music might be a mix of rock/pop, with some ambient, minimalist, electronic, and contemporary chamber thrown in.  He calls it a “stew” and rather than fusion music, has dubbed it “con-fusion” music.  We’ll hear some of Poppy’s works, along with some keyboard-informed works by Russian Anton Batagov, music from French-born American Elodie Lauten, and more music for piano, with electronics, tape, and other sounds.

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New Sounds

New Music from Keyboardists

Thursday, June 09, 2011

The old tradition of the keyboardist/composer (think Bach, Beethoven, Mozart) lives on in the works of England’s Andrew Poppy, whose music might be a mix of rock/pop, with some ambient, minimalist, electronic, and contemporary chamber thrown in.  He calls it a “stew” and rather than fusion music, has dubbed it “con-fusion” music.  We’ll hear some of Poppy’s works, along with some keyboard-informed works by Russian Anton Batagov, music from French-born American Elodie Lauten, and more music for piano, with electronics, tape, and other sounds.

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Earth Day Music

Saturday, April 22, 2006

On this edition of New Sounds, hear music to celebrate Earth Day. There’s a helping of music by Tasmanian composer and naturalist Ron Nagorcka, who uses the sounds of forest surroundings, like water, birds, and wind. Hear music from Steven Feld’s Rainforest Soundwalks, an aural collection of purely environmental sound ...

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Elodie Lauten, With & Without Words

Monday, January 29, 1996

Composer Elodie Lauten, experimental force of nature and a seminal postminimalist, died this past week at the age of 63. To mark her passing, we'll revisit this New Sounds program from January 29, 1996. 

Hear a conversation with the composer, as well as some of Lauten's music, both with and without words.  Listen to "The Exotic World of Speed and Beauty," performed by two singers, a flutist, and Elodie Lauten, incorporating tape performances via computer.  It's a mock-baroque orchestra, tuned to the earth-tone.  Also, listen a reworking of a piece from Lauten's first opera, "The Death of Don Juan," and more.  Lauten's death came two days after the debut performance of her now-definitive version of "Waking in New York", an opera with the libretto created for her by poet Allen Ginsberg about New York City and the diversity of its people, at the Church of St. Mark's in-the-Bowery.

See The National Opera Center performance of this opera

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The Undead #65 - Live from Merkin Hall III

Monday, June 15, 1987

Listen to live performances of music by Elodie Lauten - her "Sonate Ordinaire" for piano - and music from Ben Tavera King, including his work "When Mariachis Become Minimalist" and "The Fractured Folk Tale of the Mayan Whistlers."

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