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SoundNotion 20: Shirtless Guitarist

Meerenai Shim joins the panel this week as we discuss political expression in classical music, the influence of video games on young composers, orchestra news from around the U.S., and more.


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This week’s topics include:

  • In the New York Times, David Little wonders about political expression in classical music.
  • NewMusicBox’s Colin Holter thinks all music is political. We didn’t know that about ourselves.
  • Nico Muhly wrties that his creative process is informed by growing up with video games.
  • The Detroit Symphony’s concertmaster of 23 years leaves for Dallas, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s bankrupcy protection remains contentious, and Honolulu may be home to an orchestra again as soon as this fall. Meerenai wonders why we care about these stories.
  • David Smooke wonders about the virtue of keeping sketches around for posterity.
  • We chat with Meerenai about her recent and upcoming projects, including a great music video of a piece from her last album.


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SoundNotion 14: Really Great Hair

Topics include the Brazilian Symphony concert walkout, the rebirth of a Honolulu orchestra, Eric Whitacre’s YouTube choir, music volume wars, new-music in musicology, and more.


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This week’s topics include:

  • Outrageous video of the Brazilian Symphony walking out on Maestro Roberto Minczuk.
  • The venerable Philadelphia Orchestra will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
  • In Honolulu, things appear to be turning around for the orchestra.
  • Eric Whitacre (and his fabulous hair) conducts the second YouTube virtual choir. (Sam and Dave think this guy’s YouTube project is a bit more creative.)
  • NewMusicBox’s David Smooke questions the standard audio compression techniques used by the recording industry.
  • Rob Deemer wonders why musicologists don’t spend more time on new-music.
  • Adaptistration’s Drew McManus wants to help you get the job of your dreams…if you dream about working in arts administration.


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