Steve Reich’s ‘Radio Rewrite’ Inspired By Radiohead

steve-reich-radio-rewriteNonesuch Records has released a new album by electroacoustic pioneer Steve Reich, Radio Rewrite.

The title piece references two songs by the English band Radiohead. Alan Pierson conducts this premiere recording of Radio Rewrite, which was composed in 2012.

The album also includes recordings of Electric Counterpoint (1987) and Piano Counterpoint, which is a 2011 transcription by Vincent Corver of Reich’s 1973 Six Pianos. The works are performed, respectively, by Radiohead’s guitarist, Jonny Greenwood, and pianist Vicky Chow, who is a member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Continue reading

Thom Yorke’s New Album, ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’, Now Available To Torrent

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Thom Yorke has announced a new album today, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, which is available right now.

You can buy the digital album as a $6 bittorrent bundle, or get the deluxe vinyl + digital version for £30.

Official Description:

Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes is a new eight-track record from Thom Yorke.

A record born of silver darkness, pressed onto heavyweight 180g white vinyl completed with undersize 75mm centre labels, housed within heavy white board inner and outer sleeves.

These are printed with a metallic silver laminate then multi-tone black and a striking neon green; the whole is enclosed in a bespoke anti-static shield bag – a metallised laminated material usually used by the electronics industry for protecting components from electrostatic interference. The bag is printed with neon green on both sides, and has a resealable grip closure. Continue reading

Adrian Belew’s Flux ‘An Evolution In The Way We Experience Music’

Multi-instrumentalist Adrian Belew is running a Kickstarter project to help develop Flux, a new application and format for music that promises to never play a song the same way twice.

According to Belew, it’s a format for music that reflects changes in the way we live our lives and even think: Continue reading

‘Synth Supergroup’ Node Announces First Gig In 15 Years

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Composer Dave Bessell let us know about an upcoming concert that will be of interest to a lot of electronic music fans – a live performance by ‘synth supergroup’ Node.

Performed on an extremely rare collection of vintage analogue synthesizers, some of which are shown above, Node’s music ranges from dense textural atmospheres to minimal evolving rhythms. It’s been described as like ‘the soundtrack to some long forgotten sci fi film’.

Node will be performing at Feb 27, 2015 at 8:30 pm, at the Royal College of Music in London.  Continue reading

James Murphy Remixes The US Opens

James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) and IBM recently collaborated on a music project for the U.S. Open that explored creating a soundtrack to the event, based on the sonification of data from each tennis match.

In a nutshell, IBM developers built algorithms that mapped each player’s movement to audio samples, automatically creating ambient soundscapes based on the matches.  Continue reading