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Orchestra of the 21st Century

Saturday, March 31, 2012

For this New Sounds, we'll focus on the orchestra of the 21st Century.  Chances are this orchestra is a bit leaner and more versatile than a  100 member-plus symphony orchestra and most likely includes electric and/or electronic instruments.  We'll hear many examples, including Alarm Will Sound, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) and Sujian Stevens' The BQE Project, a work for a quirky symphony orchestra. And more.

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From the Archives: American Mavericks

Terry Riley Remembers In C

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

In this 2009 episode of WNYC's New Sounds, Terry Riley speaks with host John Schaefer about his landmark 1964 work In C which helped usher in the style known as minimalism.

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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

Delay Music

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Listen to music built around the sound of delay, both digital and tape looping on this New Sounds program.  We’ll hear from the most recent offering by Phillip Schroeder, “A Passage Through A Dream.”  It’s a record featuring the layered sounds of piano and clarinet, processed through digital delay, resulting in "lush kaleidoscopic textures." (The composer's own words.)  Also, the otherworldly waves of drone created by Terry Riley’s use of loops and delay on "Poppy Nogood And The Phantom Band All Night Flight, Vol. 1."

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Cued Up

David Borden at Brooklyn's Darmstadt Institute

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Cued Up unearths some delights from the Brooklyn-based experimental venue ISSUE Project Room this Sunday at 2 pm: works by Phoenix-based composer Jacob Adler, Philip Glass, Steve Reich and David Borden.

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New Sounds

With Donnacha Dennehy

Monday, August 22, 2011

Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy joins us to present some recent recordings, featuring Ireland’s leading new music group, the Crash Ensemble, and the sean nos singer Iarla O Lionaird. Inspired by the sean nos tradition, we'll hear Dennehy's "Aisling Gheal" (Bright Vision) together with "AsAnNos." Plus, the Crash Ensemble plays music by David Lang and Terry Riley, along with some of their New Sounds Live concert from Merkin Hall from a few years ago.

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New Sounds

Works For String Quartet

Sunday, May 29, 2011

From the Soundcheck archives, we'll hear live performances of music by Fred Frith, Huang Ruo, and Sir John Tavener.  Plus, there's also music from the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning Steve Reich.  We'll listen to just one movement from his "Different Trains."  Yesterday Reich won the Pulitzer Prize for his work, "Double Sextet," written for Eighth Blackbird on tape playing against themselves.

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Cued Up

Kronos Quartet and the Young People's Chorus

Sunday, April 10, 2011

This Sunday at 2 p.m., listen to the Kronos Quartet share the stage with the Young People's Chorus of New York City at (Le) Poisson Rouge. The concert includes premieres by Laurie Anderson, Maria Schneider and Aleksandra Vrebalov.

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New Sounds

Delays & Loops

Friday, March 04, 2011

For this New Sounds, we’ll hear music that incorporates looping and delay devices, first by digging into Todd Reynolds’ new double-CD, “Outerborough.”  Reynolds plays a work by Phil Kline, “A Needle Pulling Fred,” and a piece by David T. Little that samples a woman’s voice talking about being in the military and the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.  Then listen to something new from the one-woman band, guitarist/looper/delay-artist Julia Crowe, from her latest, "Empire of Light." 

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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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Cued Up

Brooklyn's Darmstadt Series Presents Terry Riley's In C

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Often considered the first major musical work of Minimalism, Terry Riley's In C has proven to be a sustainable piece of music since its birth in 1964. Its disregard for the tedious musical demands on performers has ensured a fruitful musical platform for a long and disparate list of musicians. In this episode of Cued Up on Q2, we explore a flickering and hypnotic live performance of In C, with the unique addition of a rock drummer (Jonathon Kane of the group Swans), along with a live performance of The Roots of the Moment by Pauline Oliveros, the singular composer and accordionist who premiered In C as a performer more than 45 years ago.

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Q2 Music Live Concerts

Darmstadt in C

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Terry Riley's In C has long been a staple of the contemporary music repertoire with its infinite possibility and open structure. In this November 16 performance at (Le) Poisson Rouge, Brooklyn's Darmstadt Series presents its interpretation of the masterpiece, featuring a hand-picked ensemble that reflects the diversity of sounds of New York's New Music community including voices, electric guitars and electronics.

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New Sounds

“Electric” Music

Sunday, August 22, 2010

For this New Sounds, hear some works that make use of the actual sounds of electricity, whether man-made or naturally occurring.  Christine Southworth uses the sounds of a Van Der Graaf Generator and two Tesla Coils in her collection called “Zap!”  Also, Annie Gosfield and Terry Riley look at the charged sounds made beyond the earth’s atmosphere.  And Johanna Beyer, an overlooked figure from the 1930s, is represented by a celestial work for early electric instruments.

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New Sounds

Bang on a Can Marathon 2008

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Hear excerpts from new music's biggest annual event - the 2008 edition of the annual Bang On A Can Marathon, recorded live at the World Financial Center on this edition of New Sounds.  There's music from Alarm Will Sound tackling the Beatles' Revolution #9, and perhaps a bit of post-rock pulsetronica from Dan Deacon. 

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Q2 Music Live Concerts

In C Remixed

Monday, November 23, 2009

In November 2009, Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad hosted a concert and CD launch party for In C Remixed at Le Poisson Rouge.

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