Thursday, March 14, 2013

We Are Changed - Podcast on listening, the musicality of language, and the meaning in sound as music

This podcast focuses on listening deeply to the sounds all around us, but specifically to the relationship between music, language, and meaning. I explore the relationship between the structures of language and how they impart meaning, and the structures of music and the meaning implicit in them, as well as the junction of the two in the tonal qualities of the spoken word. Where is the emotion present in a sentence, or a specific sequence of notes and rhythms? Please enjoy this listening experience with a willingness to go where the words suggest and the music takes you. Thank you for listening.

Works sampled

  • Anna Moffo - Rachmaninoff Vocalise no. 14
  • Swingle Singers - Astor Piazzolla Libertango
  • Phil Harris - Terry Gilkyson The Bare Necessities
  • Jaap Blonk - Kurt Schwitters Ursonate
  • Jaap Blonk - Cheekasynth
  • Jaap Blonk - Free Verse at the Walker Art Center
  • Bobby McFerrin - Antonio Vivaldi Concerto in g minor for Two Cellos
  • Bobby McFerrin - Improvisation on Bach Prelude
  • Vladimir Ashkenzay - Frederic Chopin Fantasie Impromptu
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen - Gesang der Jungling
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen - The British Lectures On Sounds
  • Steven Pinker - Linguistics as a Window to Understanding the Brain
  • Pablo Casals - Camille Saint-Saens The Swan from Carnival of the Animals
  • Sun Ra - Space is the Place
  • Lesley Gore - Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows

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