Since January 2005, Music From Other Minds has presented new and unusual music by innovative composers and performers from around the world. Produced weekly for KALW 91.7 FM San Francisco by Charles Amirkhanian and the Other Minds staff, and aired at 8pm every Sunday, Music From Other Minds aims to open up radio listeners to experimental classical work by living and recent composers. We bring you the latest in contemporary music from around the world, and some glimpses into the past, to give a context for today’s music.
Program 646: Experimental | Pop
This week we look at the intersection between pop and experimental music. We’ll play Joseph Byrd, a composer and academic who studied under John Cage and Morton Feldman, formed a rock band in the late ’60s called The United States of America. We’ll play some classic 1960s weirdness by Frank Zappa. And we’ll also hear from John Zorn, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, and Patti Smith.
Program 645: For Stephen Stephen Scott (1944-2021)
On this Music From Other Minds, Liam Herb plays music and interviews with composer Stephen Scott (October 10, 1944-March 10, 2021) including two never-before-released pieces, a collaboration with Terry Riley and his final composition Fantasy for English Horn commissioned by Thomas Stacy.
Program 644: (RE)
On this Music From Other Minds:
Re-compositions, re-orchestrations, realizations, and deconstructions;
Re-imaginings by Peter Maxwell Davies, Hans Zender, Marius Constant, and others
Program 643: Conversations with Ellen Arkbro and Max Eilbacher (with guest)
On this Music from Other Minds, Liam Herb presents a conversation with the Swedish composer and organist Ellen Arkbro recorded at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (2019) and a remote interview with Baltimore based electronic musician and bassist Max Eilbacher (of Horse Lords fame).
Program 642: Saxophones (and strings)
This week, we’ll start with Anthony Braxton – compositions, improvisations, and works that combine the two. We’ll listen to some of the first chapter in Matana Roberts‘ Coin Coin series, a mix of abstract compositional techniques with emotional storytelling. We’ll hear from the string quartet Brooklyn Rider, an album that uses Beethoven‘s String Quartet No. 15 as a frame of reference for commissioned works by new composers. And we’ll end our evening with one last work by Reena Esmail for solo violin.
Program 641: Dark Theater
On the next MFOM, two macabre stage works: Tom Waits & William S Burroughs’ The Black Rider, and Heinrich Hoffman’s lethal cautionary tales, Shock Headed Peter.
Program 640: New Releases of late '20 and '21
A program featuring new releases of New Music releases from late 2020 and so far in 2021! Tune in to hear works by Ana Roxanne, George Lewis, Ned Rorem, Macie Stewart & Lia Kohl, and more!
Program 639: Southern Exposure
In this program, we spotlight experimental music and sound art from Mexico. The Tecuexe band combines modern electronics and traditional Mexican acoustic instruments. Juanjosé Rivas, Rogelio Sosa, and Israel Martinez, create sound art with field recordings and electronics. And the science/art collective Interspecifics make soundscapes with cyanobacteria and slime mold.
Program 638: Retro Futurism
A forward-looking view from the past: “Music of the Future” including works composed for the 1962 & 1964 Seattle & New York World’s Fairs, and Olivier Messiaen’s Fête des belles eaux for the 1937 Paris Exhibition.
Program 637: A Conversation with Henry Birdsey
On this Music from Other Minds, Liam Herb talks with composer Henry Birdsey about his upcoming Other Minds Release Half-Dragged, a four movement work for just-intonation lap steel. Also on the program, works by Tongue Depressor, Anna von Hasswolff, Rully Shabara, Hildegard Westerkamp, and more.