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Johann Johannson

New Sounds

With Dustin O'Halloran

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Dustin O’Halloran is an American pianist/composer based in Berlin, whose approach to solo piano music is geared to avoid being lumped into either the buttoned-up classical tradition or the vapid noodlings of new age.  He has developed an introspective, cinematic, perhaps “post-classical”/”post-rock” sound, which feels atmospheric, emotive and melodically direct.

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New Sounds

Acoustic Music with Computers

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Listen to selections from Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson’s soundtrack to the beautiful animated short film Varmints. Hear a WNYC commission by composer Osvaldo Golijov, called "Radio," for hyper-accordion, string quartet and laptop, featuring samples from the WNYC archives, and ETHEL. There’s also a work by Ben Neill, who plays the "Mutant trumpet," an instrument with two bells welded to it, and enhanced by computer. Rounding out the show is music by Madelyn Byrne, from her suite for piano and computer, “The Elements.”

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New Sounds

Abstract Soundscapes

Friday, August 24, 2012

For this New Sounds, listen to some abstract soundscapes from Poland, from Berlin via an Icelandic composer, and from Brooklyn-based musicians as well.  Hear a soundscape from the Berlin-based Icelandic one-woman band Kira Kira, from her record Feathermagnetik.  Also, listen to something from Brooklyn-based electronic artist Laurel Halo, featuring the voice as instrument.  Then, there's a percussion-centric work, "6," one of the number pieces from John Cage (who would have been 100 next month), and a percussive soundscape by another Brooklyn-based musician, drummer/composer Tim Kuhl. 

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Electroacoustic Blends

Monday, August 06, 2012

For this New Sounds, we’ll hear three recordings that feature a blend of acoustic instruments and electronic processing.  From a score to the new film by Bill Morrison, “The Miners’ Hymns,” listen to organ, brass ensemble, and electronics, by the master of mixing electronic and acoustic sounds - Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.

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New Sounds

New Releases, July 2012

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

It's the most wonderful time of the month!  For this program, John Schaefer presents the pick of the piles.  What we can see from here includes some motoric music named for toy manufacturers, a soundtrack from Icelandic composer Johann Johannson, and some finger-style guitar from Ben Tyree. Then there's also new music by Tin Hat, with text by e.e. cummings, and some solo piano by Donnacha Dennehy from Lisa Moore's latest E.P.

 

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Mixtapes

Jóhann Jóhannsson

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

For Mixtapes, we ask today's leading musicians, authors, filmmakers and artists to assemble an hour of new-music that they find particularly compelling or that exemplifies the shifting boundaries of today's musical climate. Today's mixtape comes courtesy of Iclandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.

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New Sounds

New Sounds Live: Miners' Hymns Live

Thursday, March 15, 2012

From the New Sounds Live concerts, we'll hear “The Miners’ Hymns,” a film score from the Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.  The work is a brass-heavy elegy to the coal mining culture in Northeast England, with the brass elements hearkening back to the colliery bands, which used to be the local entertainment. 

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New Sounds

Scoring Bill Morrison

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Listen to some of the musical scores for Bill Morrison's silent films on this New Sounds program.  There’s a mix of brass ensemble & electronics in Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score to “The Miners’ Hymns,” a documentary that depicts an ill-fated mining community in England. One "can almost hear the cavernous mineshafts and their ominous heritage in the brutal electronic treatments, and hear the creaking, crumbling landscapes beneath the haunting brass." (Boomkat)

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Acoustic Music with Computers

Friday, September 16, 2011

Listen to selections from Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson’s soundtrack to the beautiful animated short film Varmints. Hear a WNYC commission by composer Osvaldo Golijov, called "Radio," for hyper-accordion, string quartet and laptop, featuring samples from the WNYC archives, and ETHEL. There’s also a work by Ben Neill, who plays the "Mutant trumpet," an instrument with two bells welded to it, and enhanced by computer. Rounding out the show is music by Madelyn Byrne, from her suite for piano and computer, “The Elements.”

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New Sounds

With Dustin O'Halloran

Friday, June 10, 2011

Dustin O’Halloran is an American pianist/composer based in Berlin, whose approach to solo piano music is geared to avoid being lumped into either the buttoned-up classical tradition or the vapid noodlings of new age.  He has developed an introspective, cinematic, perhaps “post-classical”/”post-rock” sound, which feels atmospheric, emotive and melodically direct.

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New Sounds

New Music for String Quartet

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Hear a lot of new music for string quartet on this New Sounds.  Listen to Raz Mesinai’s  work for string quartet and four turntables where the string instruments are recorded and then manipulated by DJs, resulting in a hybrid of composition and turntablism.  Then there’s music by Steve Reich, his haunting Triple Quartet, which can be a string section of 36 players, three string quartets, or string quartet and pre-recorded tape.  

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Electroacoustic Blends

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

For this New Sounds, we’ll hear three recordings that feature a blend of acoustic instruments and electronic processing.  From a score to the new film by Bill Morrison, “The Miners’ Hymns,” listen to organ, brass ensemble, and electronics, by the master of mixing electronic and acoustic sounds - Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. 

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Things With Strings

Saturday, February 12, 2011

For this edition of New Sounds, hear new music for strings.  There’s music from Russian composer Anton Batagov, Estonian composer Arvo Part, and Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson, and Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Andrew Bird.   The deluxe edition of Bird’s latest effort, “Noble Beast” is packaged with a companion album of adventurous instrumentals called “Useless Creatures,” which was just released last year on its own.  

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Spinning on Air

Johann Johannsson live at Le Poisson Rouge

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Johann Johannsson and ensemble live at Le Poisson Rouge, April 30, 2010, edited and mixed by David Garland, plus an interview with Johannsson.

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