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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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Music Inspired By Painters, Part 3

Thursday, May 15, 2014

For this third and final installment of our series of music inspired by painters and their paintings, listen to an hour of works after the painter, Mark Rothko (1903 -1970) and his paintings. Hear Morton Feldman’s powerfully communicative work, “Rothko Chapel,” which is a tribute for his American abstract expressionist painter-friend, and suggests a divine music, appropriate to the sombre spirituality of Rothko Chapel, which houses 14 Rothko canvases in Houston, Texas.  Listen to another such work that draws on the chapel’s contemplative sanctuary, “A Moment in the Rothko Chapel” from the violinist/vocalist/composer Caleb Burhans, who is a founding member of various performer collectives like Alarm Will Sound and Newspeak.  Plus, music from Joan LaBarbara, for her voice and bowed piano. 

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Music Inspired By Painters, Part 1

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

This New Sounds program is the first of a three-part series of music dealing with paintings and/or painters.  Inspired by (electric) violinist Tracy Silverman, and his most recent release, “Between the Kiss and the Chaos,” where each part of a suite was titled after painters and their specific paintings. Listen to Silverman’s “O'Keeffe: Red Poppy” along with his “Picasso: Guernica.” Also, hear music by and about Kurt Schwitters from Brian Eno and then from the duo Ellis Island Sound.  There’s music from Caroline Shaw and Roomful of Teeth, with her self-described “wacked-out homage to Sol LeWitt” as part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning work, “Partita,” and more.

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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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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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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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John Cage: City Circus, Program 1

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

For this New Sounds, hear music from the radical, innovative, mischievous, inventive, and influential John Cage, the notorious sound-experimenter, subscriber to chance, mycology aficionado, and player of chess. He would have been 100 years old today.  Listen to one of his pieces that creates space and stasis, “In a Landscape,” from a 1991 in-studio performance by Margaret Leng-Tan.

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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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