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 608: The Cradle Will Rock
On the next Music from Other Minds, the first American broadcast of the complete orchestrated version of Marc Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock, with recollections by the composer.
Program 607: American-ness
On our special Third of July program, Music From Other Minds will feature a curated selection of music that exhibits that hard to describe, but easily recognizable characteristic of music that can’t be called anything else except “American Sounding.”
Program 606: A Philip Glass Sampler
In our second-ever two-hour program, Music From Other Minds will feature a sampling of Glass’s work, including his String Quartet number 5, and a recording from 2016 of one of his seminal minimalist pieces from the nineteen seventies, “Music With Changing Parts.”
Program 605: Juneteenth
On this Music from Other Minds Liam Herb plays an eclectic mix of black American composers in celebration of Juneteenth. Tune in to learn a bit about the history of the holiday and hear TWO HOURS of music by Olly Wilson, George Walker, Matana Roberts, Moor Mother, Norman W Long, Ben LaMar Gay, and LOAN (comprising Tongo Eisen-Martin & Chris Peck).
Program 604: It Starts With Strings
In this program, we’ll listen to a 1980 work by Terry Riley for string quartet called “Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector.” The other music in this program was chosen to go with that piece. There are tracks from virtuoso string players Yo Yo Ma and L Shankar, one from Myra Melford’s ensemble Snowy Egret, and a couple of others to fill out the program.
Program 603: African-American Experimentalists
Many of the greatest achievements in music history belong to the black community, including the invention of entire genres. Tonight we present a small sampling from the panoply of boundary-defying innovations made by black artists in the field of experimental music.
Program 602: From Reich to Ra in 40 minutes
From Steve Reich to Sun Ra in 40 short minutes! In this program we take a free-associative approach to experimental music. Starting with some of Steve Reich’s work for mallet instruments, we found some electronic music that shared elements of Reich’s approach and then let our mind wander from track to track using connections that made sense…at the time!
Program 601: Music in 8 Parts
On this Music From Other Minds, Liam Herb plays Music in 8 Parts by Philip Glass as well as works by Elodie Lauten and Ingram Marshall.
Program 600: A 600th Episode Celebration
On this Music From Other Minds, Liam Herb celebrates the 600th episode of Music From Other Minds by playing live recordings from the Other Minds Festival. Tune in to hear works by Michael McClure, Hamza El Din, Agata Zubel, Åke Parmerud, Susan Stone, and Gavin Bryars.
Program 599: Estudando o Pagode, An Operetta by Tom Zé
On this Music From Other Minds, Liam Herb plays Estudando o Pagode (Studying the Pagode), An Operetta by Tom Zé.