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 10pm every Friday, 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 545: Not Socialist Realism
On this Music From Other Minds, Randall Wong explores the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, in anticipation of our program of his arrangements for two pianos, presented by Maki Namekawa and Dennis Russell Davies.
Program 544: Fun with Music
In the spirit of bringing in the new year with a laugh, Mark Abramson has some fun with music. This Music From Other Minds program features works where composers and performers practice the “art of the musical gag.” This program originally aired the Friday before January 1, 2019.
Program 543: Krazy 4 Krampus
On this Music From Other Minds, Randall Wong Delivers an unorthodox Holiday-Mix. The program is composed of two works by San Francisco’s own unclassifiable band, the Residents, Charles Céleste Hutchins‘ holiday masterwork Christmawave, and David Lang’s tragic work The Little Match Girl Passion.
Program 542: Planes, Trains, and Machineries
On this Music From Other Minds: Plains, Trains, And Machineries. The program includes works of Alexandr Mosolov, Mikhail Matiushin, George Antheil, Julius Meytuss, Arthur Honegger, and Arseny Abraamov celebrating the modern industrial age of the 1920s and 30s.
Program 541: The Well-Tuned Marimba and Other Selections
On this Music From Other Minds, Andrew Weathers delivers a “sampler show” of new releases. The program consists of seven works that were all either composed or released in the last three years. It features a 2018 release of the composer Catherine Christer Hennix’s The Well Tuned Marimba.
Program 540: Solo Piano Music
On this Music From Other Minds, Mark Abramson presents an evening of 20th and 21st century piano Music. The program features the works of composers Terry Riley, John Cage, Erik Satie, and Philip Glass. It originally aired 5 days before Gloria Cheng and Terry Riley delivered an evening of solo piano music at the YBCA forum.
Program 539: Ben Johnston
On this Music From Other Minds, Liam Herb explores the life and work of the great American composer, Ben Johnston. Johnston is best known for his contributions to the field of extended just intonation. His ten string quartets are loved by listeners but feared by players. This program gives a brief overview of the work and history of this gem of a composer.
Program 538: Music For Imaginary Friends
On this Music From Other Minds: music written for imaginary cartoons by John Zorn and real cartoons by Carl Stalling. The program features tracks from John Zorn’s Tzadik double CD Cartoon S&M and Warner Bros. Records Carl Stalling project.
Program 537: The Death of Don Juan
On this Music From Other Minds, Liam Herb presents Elodie Lauten’s largely forgotten Post-Minimalist Opera, The Death of Don Juan. Elodie was born in Paris in 1950 and moved to New York in 1972. She was involved in many types of music and was a very close friend to the poet Allen Ginsberg. She died tragically in 2014 at the age of 63.
Program 536: New Music Psychedelia
On this Music From Other Minds, Mark Abramson presents two long-form, loop-based solo works by Rhys Chatham and Terry Riley. In 1963, Terry Riley created his revolutionary Time-Lag Accumulator, a tape delay/feedback system with 2 Revox tape recorders, which revolutionized musical looping and altered the course of live and recorded music forever.