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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 Other Minds and presented by Charles Amirkhanian and the Other Minds staff, 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.

Follow this link for information and track listings from programs prior to #501.

Previous Programs

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.

Program 535: Halloween Edition

On this Music From Other Minds, Randall Wong delivers some spooky sounds to your ears for our Halloween edition. The program features George Antheil’s score for the 1955 film, Dementia, directed by John Parker. Variety Magazine described Dementia as “maybe the strangest film ever offered for theatrical release.”

Program 534: Equal Tuning Microtonal Music

On this Music From Other Minds, Liam Herb explores the otherworldly sounds of equal tuning microtonal music. Join us as we explore the alien world of equal tuning microtonal music through the works of Ezra Sims, Alois Hába, and Easely Blackwood.

Program 533: Lost and Found Sounds

On the this Music From Other Minds, Randall Wong presents an evening of works created from found acoustic sounds, by Michael Tanner and Philip Bimstein. Michael Tanner is a composer, writer and musician from the south of England occasionally recording under the pseudonym Plinth. On this program, we will hear a set of Tanner’s sound collages from the album Collected Machine Music.

Program 532: Almost Ambient

On this Music From Other Minds, Mark Abramson presents music that sits on the border between ambient and avant-garde. The show features early electronic work for Ondes Martenot by Olivier Messiaen, an electroacoustic piece by David Berhman, and a 2018 release for alto-saxophone by Lea Bertucci. Much of the program is from the Ellipsis Arts three disk set OHM+ The Early Gurus Of Electronic Music, 1948-1980.
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