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When Words Don't Matter

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Hear a hypnotic work of vocal layers from electronic duo Matmos, “Just Waves,” based on their own telepathic experiments, music from Nico Muhly, Joan LaBarbara, Meredith Monk, & more.

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Q2 Music

Listen: Experiments in Radio Operas Premieres

Monday, March 17, 2014

Each evening from March 17-22 at 8 pm, hear the radio premieres of Experiments in Opera's Radio Operas.

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New Sounds

When Words Don't Matter

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

For this New Sounds, hear a hypnotic work of vocal layers from the electronic duo Matmos, “Just Waves,” from their Ganzfeld EP, a concept record based on their own telepathic experiments.  Throughout the progression of the work, these ebbing and flowing voices -Matmos (M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel) together with three other singers: Dan Deacon, Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors), and Clodagh Simonds (Fovea Hex)-  speak-sing the transcripts of the psychic session material in pitched clusters, until the sensations described in the experiment are shaped back into one single phrase about the “triangle at the top.”

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New Sounds

When Words Don't Matter (Special Podcast)

Monday, November 04, 2013

WNYC
For this New Sounds, hear a hypnotic work of vocal layers from electronic duo Matmos, “Just Waves,” from their Ganzfeld EP, a concept record based on their own telepathic experiments.

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Q2 Music

At Home with Composers Morton Subotnick and Joan La Barbara

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

For the second episode of our new video series Q2 Spaces, we visit the Greenwich Village home of electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick and the vocalist Joan La Barbara.

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New Sounds

John Cage: City Circus, Program XII

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

WNYC

Airs 11/21 at 10PM on the Special Stream
For this, the twelfth edition of the John Cage: City Circus programs, listen to the final concert performance by John Cage, recorded by WNYC at Central Park Summerstage, just two weeks before his death in July of 1992.  It was a world premiere of his work, Four6, featuring Cage, vocalist Joan La Barbara, pianist/percussionist Leonard Stein, and percussionist William Winant.

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New Sounds

When Words Don't Matter

Thursday, November 15, 2012

For this New Sounds, hear a hypnotic work of vocal layers from the electronic duo Matmos, “Just Waves,” from their Ganzfeld EP, a concept record based on their own telepathic experiments.  Throughout the progression of the work, these ebbing and flowing voices -Matmos (M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel) together with three other singers: Dan Deacon, Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors), and Clodagh Simonds (Fovea Hex)-  speak-sing the transcripts of the psychic session material in pitched clusters, until the sensations described in the experiment are shaped back into one single phrase about the “triangle at the top.”

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New Sounds

John Cage: City Circus, Program V

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

WNYC

Airs 8PM, Wednesday, 10/10 on the Q2 Music stream.
For this show, the fifth in the John Cage: City Circus series, hear words and music by John Cage. From an entire program of "Singing Through John Cage," recorded live at Central Park Summerstage in July of 1992, just a month before Cage died that August, vocalist Joan La Barbara performs Cage's setting of a text by e.e. cummings. Also, the Dutch ensemble The Barton Workshop performs Cage's "Music for Six," where each player is an individual, reacting personally to pitches in a time frame and not to one another.

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Maverick Mixtapes

Maverick Mixtapes: Joan La Barbara

Tuesday, March 27, 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 vocalist and composer Joan La Barbara.

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Q2 Music

Morton Subotnick at Play in the World of Electronic Music

Monday, March 19, 2012

Morton Subotnick has almost as many pioneering credits to his name as he does compositional ones. A leader of the San Francisco Tape Center in the '60s – a place where Terry Riley, Pauline Oliveros and many others took some of their earliest aesthetic steps – Subotnick has consulted (or commissioned) the building of synthesizers from the ground up, and also recorded the first electronic-music album meant just for listening, instead of live-performance miming. (So radical!)

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New Sounds

John Cage: City Circus, Program XII

Wednesday, July 27, 1994

For this, the twelfth edition of the John Cage: City Circus programs, listen to the final concert performance by John Cage, featuring Joan La Barbara, Leonard Stein, and William Winant.  It was a world premiere of his work, Four6, recorded by WNYC at Central Park Summerstage, just two weeks before his death in July of 1992. Four6 invites its players to individually choose and number 12 sounds that they are willing to make, and to begin and end them sometime during a set of fixed durations and was dedicated to Pauline Oliveros on the occasion of her 60th birthday.

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John Cage: City Circus, Program VII

Wednesday, June 22, 1994

For this, the seventh edition of the John Cage: City Circus programs, hear the final radio appearance with John Cage, from July of 1992, just a few weeks before his death.  (This aired originally on the daily music performance show, Around New York.)  In this interview, Cage talks about the connection that his music shares with Erik Satie’s, and pianist Michael Torre performs live in the studio.  Plus, Cage charmingly shocks host John Schaefer with the tidbit that he does not have a sound system for playing music back at home.  The recording of the work, “Sonnekus” that rounds out the show, (featuring longtime Cage collaborator, Joan LaBarbara) is the first that Cage had heard. 

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John Cage: City Circus, Program V

Wednesday, June 08, 1994

For this show, the fifth in the John Cage: City Circus series, hear words and music by John Cage. From an entire program of "Singing Through John Cage," recorded live at Central Park Summerstage in July of 1992, just a month before Cage died that August, vocalist Joan La Barbara performs Cage's setting of a text by e.e. cummings. Also, the Dutch ensemble The Barton Workshop, performs Cage's "Music for Six," where each player is an individual, reacting personally to pitches in a time frame and not to one another.

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