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Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble Takes Flight with 'Excelsior'

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fifth House Ensemble's new album "Excelsior" builds itself up gradually from the luminous energy of Alex Shapiro's "Perpetual Spark" to Caleb Burhans's half-hour title track.

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New Sounds

Percussion Ensembles

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hear music for percussion ensemble on this New Sounds, including brand-new music by Chicago-based composer Mason Bates from his record, “Stereo Is King.”  Written for Chicago Symphony Orchestra Principal Percussionist Cynthia Yeh, the title track is for electronics and a percussion trio of marimba, Thai gongs, and “toy drum set” (baby roto-toms and woodblocks) merged with processed Tibetan prayer-bowl recordings and restless drum n’ bass electronica. 

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New Sounds

Cinematic Audio

Sunday, January 20, 2013

American sound-designer, film editor and composer, Matteo Marchisano-Adamo makes cinematic audio sculptures out of prepared piano and electronics from a collection of “Inventions.” We'll also hear electronic music based on the sounds of Indonesian gamelan by Gregory Taylor, and some rooted in sounds from Jamaica and Zimbabwe as well. That, and more on this New Sounds.

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New Sounds

Electronic Components

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sample some music made with an electronic component on this New Sounds.  Hear chamber music with tape loops from New York-based composer Michael Montes.  His works take cues from Renaissance composer Josquin DePrez, Pink Floyd and Brian Eno.

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Mason Bates and DJ Masonic: Two Halves of a Modern-Day Composer-Performer

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The tradition of the star performer-composer is as old as classical music itself — Beethoven on the piano, Paganini on the violin. But Mason Bates isn't a virtuoso of the organ or the lute. The role of the performer and the role of the composer have changed: Bates's instrument is the laptop.

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New Sounds

Cinematic Audio

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

American sound-designer, film editor and composer, Matteo Marchisano-Adamo makes cinematic audio sculptures out of prepared piano and electronics from a collection of “Inventions.” We'll also hear electronic music based on the sounds of Indonesian gamelan by Gregory Taylor, and some rooted in sounds from Jamaica and Zimbabwe as well. That, and more on this New Sounds.

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New Sounds

In C Remixed

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Listen to a new take on minimalist icon Terry Riley’s “In C” by the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble and some of the most imaginative DJ's, remixers and composers around.  Insistent and propulsive, In C is based on a series of 53 interlocking phrases, repeated any number of times, that merge to form an ever-changing tapestry of sound. 

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New Sounds

In C Remixed

Monday, December 27, 2010

Listen to a new take on minimalist icon Terry Riley’s “In C” by the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble and some of the most imaginative DJ's, remixers and composers around.  Insistent and propulsive, In C is based on a series of 53 interlocking phrases, repeated any number of times, that merge to form an ever-changing tapestry of sound.  On a recent 2-CD collection of remixes, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lang, ambient/hip hop master DJ Spooky, cello innovator Zoë Keating, the ubiquitous genre-hopper Nico Muhly, and many more took the raw tracks from the GVSU New Music Ensemble, and played with them on their laptops.  For this New Sounds, we’ll hear some of their results.

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