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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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New Sounds

Hauschka's Prepared Piano

Sunday, June 17, 2012

For this New Sounds, we'll hear music from Hauschka, also known as  Volker Bertelmann. He's a German composer whose indie-chamber/post-rock music revolves around the sound of the prepared piano.  He'll prepare our Steinway and play live.  That, and more.

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New Sounds

Motion and Stasis

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

This New Sounds explores music that plays with ideas of texture, drone and space.  Hear Norwegian composer/drummer Erland Dahlen conjure dark experimental soundscapes mostly based around his Slingerland Rolling Bomber drum kit from World War II. Dahlen plays with an arsenal of electronics, small percussion, and even a saw, overlaying them into haunting and hypnotic atmospheres, enhanced by the drum tones of the rosewood drum kit. 

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

So Percussion Dances with John Cage

Monday, April 02, 2012

Spending an evening listening to So Percussion’s Cage 100 Bootleg Series is somewhat akin to sitting up all night in college, drinking red table wine, smoking Parliaments and discussing what it all means.

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The New Canon

New Albums from Cage, Clyne and Andriessen

Monday, April 02, 2012

The New Canon is back with a new format, focusing on new releases. Up first: A beguiling Anna Clyne, a visual quartet from Louis Andriessen, choral fixation from Jennifer Higdon and a Cage extravaganza courtesy of So Percussion.

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Operavore

The Fundamentals of Opera, Courtesy of John Cage

Friday, March 30, 2012

"In his centennial year, John Cage is beginning to break through as being more than the guy who instructed a pianist to sit at a piano for just over four-and-a-half minutes and play nothing," writes Olivia Giovetti.

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Q2 Music Live Concerts

Listen: Alarm Will Sound Perform John Cage and Edgard Varèse

Thursday, March 29, 2012

On Sunday, March 18 at 3 pm, Alarm Will Sound performed music by John Cage, Edgard Varèse, Conlon Nancarrow, Elliott Sharp and Charlie Wilmoth. Hear the entire concert now on-demand.

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New Sounds

American Mavericks

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

For this New Sounds, a look at the loner iconoclastic American maverick composers who have set the stage for New Sounds.  We'll hear music from composer (and insurance businessman) Charles Ives, and something by John Cage, the sound-experimenter and subscriber to chance. (We won't hear his most notorious piece, 4'33" - it just doesn't work on the radio.)  

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WQXR Features

Café Concert: So Percussion

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The percussion quartet So Percussion performs Inlets, John Cage's Zenlike score for water-filled conch shells and burning pine cones, in the WQXR Café. Watch the video here.

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From the Archives: American Mavericks

John Cage Provoked but Undisturbed

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

In this 1963 interview from the WNYC archives, composer John Cage clarifies the fundamental tenets of his music-making and demonstrates his legendary contemplative and unperturbed demeanor in the face of challenging and critical question by acclaimed music critic and host Jonathan Cott.

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The New Canon

Cage Match with Randy Gibson

Friday, February 10, 2012

On Friday at 1 pm, the New Canon celebrates John Cage's 100th birthday with a live chat featuring composer Randy Gibson, whose Avant Music Festival this year features a nonstop Cage marathon.

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Cued Up

American Dreams

Sunday, July 03, 2011

For this Independence Day, Cued Up brings you live works by some tried and true American icons. All recorded in New York City, works by Charles Ives, John Cage, Meredith Monk and Earle Brown take front and center.

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New Sounds

Hauschka's Prepared Piano

Thursday, June 02, 2011

For this New Sounds, we'll hear music from Hauschka, also known as  Volker Bertelmann. He's a German composer whose indie-chamber/post-rock music revolves around the sound of the prepared piano.  He'll prepare our Steinway and play live.  That, and more.

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Hammered!

Meet The Percussion Family

Monday, March 28, 2011

If the piano is a legitimate member of the percussion family, then it most certainly gets strange looks at reunions. This week on Hammered! we're embracing this familial black sheep and showcasing composers that utilize the piano for what it is: a percussion instrument.

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New Sounds

Music by John Cage

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Composer John Cage, the inventor of the prepared piano and an avid collector of mushrooms, is arguably most famous (or infamous) for his silent work for piano, 4'33". On this New Sounds program, we’ll listen to some of his works written for choreography. There’s his Satie-esque piece “In a landscape,” ...

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Studio 360

Toys, Panter, Pixelvision

Saturday, December 28, 2002

Kurt Andersen and Gary Panter talk about the inspired and sneaky ways artists use toys to create.

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New Sounds

Cage: Sonatas & Interludes

Friday, April 03, 1998

In the 1930s, John Cage set about inventing a one-man percussion ensemble using what he had at hand: the piano. By putting rubber erasers, metal bolts, bits of wood and similar materials at predetermined places on the strings inside the piano, Cage completely altered the sounds that occurred when he hit the keys. The resulting "prepared piano" evoked Indonesia and West Africa instead of Central Europe. 

 

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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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New Sounds

John Cage: City Circus, Program XI

Wednesday, July 20, 1994

In the eleventh of these special City Circus programs, hear a 1982 concert performance of duo piano music by Erik Satie along with Cage’s “Credo in Us” for piano & percussion. Both are from the massive day-long festival, Wall-to-Wall John Cage, recorded at Symphony Space. Also, there’s keyboard music by David Borden for the Mother Mallard Portable Masterpiece Company based on the four letters of Cage’s name, and more.

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New Sounds

John Cage: City Circus, Program X

Wednesday, July 13, 1994

For this, the tenth edition of the John Cage: City Circus programs, hear a live performance in our studio of a work by Wendy Mae Chambers for twelve percussionists, written in memory of John Cage.  It's a voodoo tone poem called "Twelve Squared," where the number of movements was chosen by the chance operations of a tarot card reading.  There's also a choral work by Robert Moran, "Seven Sounds Unseen," introspective settings of passages from letters John Cage wrote to Moran, along with music made by the city of Tokyo in Japan.

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