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Sean Smith

New Sounds

Now is the Winter of our Discontent

Sunday, December 21, 2014

For this New Sounds program listen to songs about winter, as we welcome spring from San Francisco-based finger-style guitarist Sean Smith to the minimalist cool of the Geoff Smith Band.

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New Sounds

Now is the Winter of our Discontent

Thursday, April 03, 2014

"Now is the Winter of our Discontent / Made glorious Summer by this sun of York..." (Shakespeare's Richard III) or, if you prefer, "Winter is Coming" (or at least Season 4 of "Game of Thrones.") For this New Sounds program listen to songs about winter, as we welcome spring from San Francisco-based finger-style guitarist Sean Smith to the minimalist cool of the Geoff Smith Band.  There's the rare bit of instrumental music from Meredith Monk along with music for cellist Zach Miskin, written by guitarist Bryce Dessner (the National, Clogs), as well as keyboard music from David Borden.  Also, from New York-based Matt McBane and Build, hear "Imagining Winter."  Listen to Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson's take on winter, as well as Japanese pianist/composer/producer Ryuchi Sakamoto's music, "Ice." That, and more.

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On The Media

#11 - RIP Vile Rat

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sean Smith was an IT manager in the real world, but online, he was Vile Rat, a hugely influential diplomat in the video game Eve Online

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On The Media

TLDR #11 - RIP Vile Rat

Thursday, January 16, 2014

This episode of TLDR contains some explicit language.

On September 11th, 2012, gunmen attacked two American compounds in Benghazi, Libya, killing four Americans. Sean Smith, one of the four killed in the attack, was an IT manager in the real world, but online, he was Vile Rat, a hugely influential diplomat in the video game Eve Online. Alex talks to Sean's friend Alex "The Mittani" Gianturco about who Sean was both in Eve and in the real world.

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Spinning on Air

Guitarist Sean Smith

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Guitarist/composer Sean Smith creates adventurous instrumental pieces for steel-string guitar, inspired by his ongoing quest for reality, his fascination with a 1930s prose poem, and the pleasure of riding the bus to the library. Sean brings his guitar to the WNYC Studio to perform, and talk about his music with host David Garland.

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New Sounds

Winter Is Coming

Friday, December 21, 2012

From San Francisco-based finger-style guitarist Sean Smith to the minimalist cool of the Geoff Smith Band, listen to songs about winter for this New Sounds program.  There's the rare bit of instrumental music from Meredith Monk along with music for cellist Zach Miskin, written by guitarist Bryce Dessner (the National, Clogs), as well as keyboard music from David Borden.  Also, from New York-based Matt McBane and Build, hear "Imagining Winter."  Listen to Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson's take on winter, as well as Japanese pianist/composer/producer Ryuchi Sakamoto's music, "Ice." That, and more.

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New Sounds

Another New Sounds Christmas

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Hear many holiday tunes, including Christmas carols, done up New Sounds-style for this holiday program.  We'll hear from a new recording of non-syrupy Christmas music from accomplished Bay-area guitarist Sean Smith.  Plus, an arrangement of a Christmas carol framed by an alap, traditional a cappella music from Slovenia, and an old favorite from John Fahey and Richard Rushkin.  All that, and more.

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New Sounds

Another New Sounds Christmas

Friday, December 24, 2010

Hear many holiday tunes, including Christmas carols, done up New Sounds-style for this holiday program.  We'll hear from a new recording of non-syrupy Christmas music from accomplished Bay-area guitarist Sean Smith.  Plus, an arrangement of a Christmas carol framed by an alap, traditional a cappella music from Slovenia, and an old favorite from John Fahey and Richard Rushkin.  All that, and more.

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