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      Photo by: Chef Sean Christopher

      Musical Delights

      After discovering Sebastian Huydts’s newest album, Delicias de Blancanieves, Seth is sharing his newest ‘delights’. We’ll share selected works of Huydt, Caroline Eyck, and Johann Johannson and more with you.

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      The Art of Spoken Word

      It takes fine craftsmanship to achieve a perfect partnership between text and music in which neither element overshadows the other. This week, we’ll listen to a fascinating array of spoken word and music by composers like Aaron Jay Kernis, Joseph Schwantner, David Lang, and more who are striving to achieve this symmetry. Scott Johnson: How […]

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      Jonny Greenwood playing a glockenspiel with Radiohead at the Heineken Music Hall (Photo by Michell Zappa)

      Jonny Greenwood playing a glockenspiel with Radiohead at the Heineken Music Hall (Photo by Michell Zappa)

      Radiohead

      Crossover between classical and rock musicians was common in the 1970’s but has taken a bit of a break until recently. Now instead of composers influencing rock musicians like Brian Eno, a rock band is having a huge influence on a diverse array of composers around the globe. The music of Radiohead has been arranged […]

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      Extra Tones: Setting Records

      If you enjoyed our episode “Contemporary Vinyl,” here is something extra! Why is releasing music on vinyl an upward trend currently? Just what is it that makes vinyl so incredible? In this podcast we explore these questions and dive into how exactly vinyl is made. Special thanks to Peter McDowell and Eighth Blackbird, Julia Nicols-Corry […]

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      Contemporary Vinyl

      Old is new again as composers and performers return to the LP format for their latest releases. We’ll dust off our record player to feature a variety of new music released on vinyl. Frank Zappa “Igor’s Boogie” 0:39 Zbigiew Turski “Sinfonia Olimpica” from Adrzej Markowski Conducts the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchetra EXCERPT Dana Lyn “Maintenance Music” […]

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      Soundward: What’s New from Cantaloupe Music

      Another episode in our ongoing series of conversations with Phil Kline from Q2 Music features a typically eclectic lineup of new releases that we think should be on your radar. The Beatles “Revolution 9” (arr. Matt Marks) from Modernists EXCERPT Charles Wuorinen “Big Spinoff” from Modernists 8:25 Kate Moore “Broken Rosary” from Kate Moore: Stories […]

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      The Ear Taxi Festival: A Preview

      Chicago is rapidly becoming known as one of the country’s premiere cities for contemporary music and the Ear Taxi festival aims to showcase this great work. We’ll choose the highlights from the festival’s ambitious lineup of 300 musicians, 75 composers, 25 ensembles, and 53 world premieres Pablo Chin “Three Burials I” EXCERPT Amos Gillespie “Lacework” […]

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      Ambient Environments

      Composers like Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Bartók and have sought to musically depict their environs for centuries. How are landscapes, both urban and pastoral, being represented musically today? We’ll hear composer’s portrayals of locations like David Sampson’s Grant Park in Chicago, the surrounding islands of Australia from Peter Sculthorpe, Michael Daughterty’s George Washington from Mount Rushmore […]

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      Extra Tones: Computing to Composing

      Extra Tones is a new podcast series featuring exclusive content that is not featured in our show, Relevant Tones. The podcast is produced by Relevant Tones reporter, Bea Aldrich. In this first episode, we explore how exactly composing software, such as Sibelius and Finale music notation software has changed the way in which composers compose […]

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      "The fallboard of a Knabe grand piano made in around 1884" by Emeraldnabi is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

      "The fallboard of a Knabe grand piano made in around 1884" by Emeraldnabi is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

      Tickling the Ivories

      All music written for and adapted for piano. Seth features sneak previews upcoming releases from Bridge Records, including the latest Etudes from David Rakowski to new recordings from the acclaimed piano duo Quattro Mani. Hear the exotic sounds of an etude for talking piano to a piece featuring the unusual piano-like instrument, the celesta. David Rakowski […]

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