pop music

Elliott Carter/Phil Lesh interview available

Counterstream radio has placed a streaming link to its interview with Elliott Carter and Phil Lesh, which I mentioned in a previous post. Counterstream is a wonderful online radio station for contemporary American music, mixing heavyweights and newcomers in equal measure. It also has a number of interviews available for streaming.  It’s “ON DEMAND” series […]

Interesting radio interviews upcoming

Announcements for two interesting radio programs just crossed by inbox. On Friday, March 14th at 3pm (ET), Elliott Carter and Phil Lesh will be interviewed together on Counterstream radio, the online radio station of the American Music Center. On Sunday, March March 16 at noon PT (3pm ET), UCLA radio will feature experimental electronic(a) composer […]

There will be Jonny Greenwood

Jonny Greenwood, guitarist with Radiohead, has been garnering some solo attention recently. He’s the composer for the soundtrack to There Will Be Blood. The movie has garnered Oscar attention (and nominations), although not for the music. Time magazine had a brief, positive blurp about the music. The BBC review of the soundtrack (pre-movie release) was […]

Radiohead charts a new course

Musically speaking, Radiohead explores new territory as constant practice. But with their new release, In Rainbows, Radiohead is shaking up the model for selling and distributing music. In a bold, and perhaps Utopian experiment, the band is releasing a downloadable version of the entire “record” for whatever price each individual purchaser wishes to pay. Listeners […]

Attali on Composition

I’ve mentioned Jacques Attali’s book Noise before, and his prediction of a period of musical development he called “composition.” Although an economist, Attali offers some wonderfully poetic descriptions of composition: We are all condemned to silence – unless we create our own relation with the world and try to tie other people into the meaning […]