16 Feb 2019

Sound Lounge: Laurie Anderson & Kronos's Grammy-winning Landfall; Psathas's Three Psalms

From Sound Lounge, 9:45 pm on 16 February 2019

Our weekly contemporary music show is broadcast each Saturday evening after 9:30pm on RNZ Concert

9:45 pm

JOHN PSATHAS: Three Psalms
Michael Houstoun (pno), New Zealand SO/Marc Taddei
Rattle RAT-DV 015


Laurie Anderson's Grammy-winning Landfall

Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson Photo: Canal Street Communications

The winner of the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance at the 2019 Grammys went to the recording of Landfall by Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet - the first collaboration between the iconic storyteller/musician and the groundbreaking string quartet.

Landfall is inspired by Anderson's experience of Hurricane Sandy. Her music juxtaposes the strings of Kronos with lush electronics and her own powerful descriptions of loss - from water-logged pianos to disappearing animal species to Dutch karaoke bars.

LAURIE ANDERSON: Landfall (excerpt)
Laurie Anderson (voice, electronics), Kronos Quartet
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Works for Loudspeakers - Spring 2018

Works for Loudspeakers - Spring 2018

Works for Loudspeakers - Spring 2018 Photo: Album Cover Art

Works For Loudspeakers is a quarterly listening party showcasing emerging and established composers. Every edition is different, and curated to give a platform for non-performative sound-based composition - music that would usually not have a public outlet. The audience is given an opportunity to exercise close listening in a friendly environment.  

Elliptical Fictions by Emi Pogoni was first part of the double bill show Balancing Point put on by Footnote Dance Company, then presented as part of the triple bill show Hemispheres by Footnote Dance Company and Guangdong Modern Dance Company.

EMI POGONI: Elliptical Fictions (excerpt)
Emi Pogoni (electronics)
Works for Loudspeakers Spring 2018

Flo Wilson is a composer, performer and artist based in Auckland whose interests span computer music, embodied performance, spatial design and immersive installations. In particular she’s curious about the relationships between people and technology; how technology can extend, reduce and manipulate our modes of being.

With this release Wilson deploys crunches and clicks alongside somatic sounds. Over the course of the composition these sonics dovetail, coalescing as austere structures, recalling releases from the likes of Raster Noton or Mille Plateaux.

FLO WILSON: Breath-Beat
Flo Wilson (electronics)
Works for Loudspeakers Spring 2018

More breath-related music by Flo Wilson from her 2017 EP Step. This video contains brief nudity.


11:05 pm Relevant Tones: Nels Cline

Rolling Stone declared Nels Cline as one of the 20 “new guitar gods” and one of the top 100 guitatist of all time. He may be best known as the guitarist of rock band Wilco, but he’s also a talented composer. Seth Boustead and Cline discuss his compositional style, making the bridge to classical, and the danger of classifying music. (WFMT)