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SoundNotion 128: Up There

This week on SoundNotion, saxophonist and educator Tim McAllister joins the panel. He premieres a new saxophone concerto by John Adams with the Sydney Symphony on August 22. We discuss style, artistry and how a piece can rock even without slap tonguing.
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SoundNotion 71: Send in the Hate Mail

This week on SoundNotion we rock out to Sondheim, Anthony de Mare, and Ethan Iverson with Skype on audio effects. ALSO – The DSO is forgiven, Wagner is programed in Israel, John Adams and Milo Poniewozik get big premieres and we say goodbye to Doc Watson.


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SoundNotion 35: Remembrance

Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, the panel discusses the Music After concert, works inspired by the attacks, the compulsion to write an opera, James Levine’s newest health issues, Nico Muhly’s anger over recordings, and the non-existence of Beethoven.


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Streamers and Punches 1: Driving Miss Ostinato

Brand new show! Streamers and Punches looks at Spotify, new commissions for film composers, an article about composer tech talk, and a current trend in scoring we call the “Running Strings.”


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  • We take a look at Spotify’s new service in the US.
  • John Williams has a new quartet commission; Danny Elfman writes music for Cirque du Soleil.
  • Film Music Magazine has an article by Jay Asher detailing the ever-increasing technical vocabulary that composers need to adopt in today’s film composing industry.
  • A closer look at the trend “Running Strings,” a texture style attributed originally to Clint Mansell’s Lux Aeterna from Requiem for a Dream, and used in several other scores: Batman Begins, Inception, Transformers, Tron Legacy, Thor, and Green Lantern.
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Don Davis’s score to The Matrix (Amazon MP3iTunes), you might like Harmonielehre by John Adams (Amazon MP3iTunes).

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Music is Hard 9: Current Events and Classical Music

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Can classical music express ideas about politics and current events? If so, how? How does classical music compare to popular music in this regard?

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