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New Sounds

A Modern Liederabend

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

It’s a modern liederabend, “song night,” featuring vocal & choral music from Paola Prestini inspired by Kandinsky, chamber opera by Missy Mazzoli, & opera by MIT professor Tod Machover.

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New Sounds

Inspired by Sci-Fi

Thursday, December 11, 2014

It's nerd-night! There’s music inspired by Sci-Fi books & film for this New Sounds program.  Listen to the internet opera/sonic book by Mendi & Keith Obadike, “The Sour Thunder,” & more.

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New Sounds

A Modern Liederabend

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

It’s a modern liederabend, literally “song night,” for this New Sounds show.  Listen to vocal and choral music from living composers like Missy Mazzoli – and some of her multimedia chamber opera about Isabelle Eberhardt, as well as MIT professor Tod Machover – and an aria from his opera VALIS, based on the Phillip K. Dick novel.  Also, there’s music by Paola Prestini inspired by Kandinsky's 1912 manuscript of woodcuts and prose, “Sounds.”  Also, listen to new music from Bryce Dessner, featuring the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Kronos Quartet from his recent release, “Aheym.”  And more.

This Friday, 11/22, and Saturday, 11/23 at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is the third biennial Lieder-pa-looza, featuring many of these works.  Details here.

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New Sounds

Inspired by Sci-Fi

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

There’s music inspired by Sci-Fi books & film for this New Sounds program.  Listen to the internet opera and sonic book by Mendi & Keith Obadike, “The Sour Thunder,” which consists of two simultaneous stories; Mendi traveling with a friend to study Afro-Dominican culture and tracing the slave trade through the Dominican Repulic, and that of a state called Solaika Dast, where scent is the method of communication. There’s also recent music by Londoner Pete M. Wyer, his “Planet 49,” a response to the Danny Boyle film, “Sunshine” about a mission in 2057 to set off a nuclear bomb to reignite our dying sun. 

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Top 5 @ 105

Five New and Unusual Crowdsourced Projects in Classical Music

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

In recent years, crowdsourcing has been a means of creating ensembles, symphonies and collections of scores.

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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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Operavore

Is Talk Cheap?

Thursday, March 01, 2012

With this year's TED Conference underway, blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at opera's presence in the wildly popular TEDTalks and wonders what records these lectures can and/or should leave for the future.

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New Sounds

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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Studio 360

Tech, Glitch, Typeface

Saturday, March 23, 2002

Kurt Andersen and MIT Media Lab Scientist and composer Tod Machover untangle the crossed wires of art and digital technology, with stories about legendary dancer Merce Cunningham's embrace of computers to choreograph his new work, a musical art form constructed entirely from electronic glitches, and writers, film editors, and designers ...

Studio 360

Tech, Glitch, Alma

Saturday, June 09, 2001

Kurt Andersen and composer and MIT Media Lab scientist Tod Machover talk about the convergence of art and digital technology.

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