Annals of Sound

1 season, 28 episodes

Performances and discussions with musicians and critics.

Annals of Sound

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Meredith Monk, the vocalist, composer, and director, who’s currently celebrating her fiftieth year as an artist, shows us around her Tribeca loft, plays a shruti box, and feeds her thirty-four-year-old tortoise, Neutron.

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The New Yorker’s pop critic looks back at the year in music.

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Composer William Basinski performs an excerpt from his forthcoming release, “Cascade,” at Issue Project Room, in Brooklyn.

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The artist sings “I Decline,” from his new album, “Too Bright.”

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It’s an urban love story—about a man, the city, a woman, and a dog—in which “a man has to carry a plastic bag on his person at all times.”

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Lauren, Sean, and David Carpenter play Alexey Shor's "Semi-Canonical Great Feud" in the living room of their apartment at The Plaza Hotel.

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Sharon Van Etten, the musician, performs “I Love You but I’m Lost,” from her newest album, “Are We There," at her West Village apartment.

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Fatima Al Qadiri, the Senegal-born, Kuwait-raised, and Brooklyn-living conceptual electronic musician, has released her newest album, “Asiatisch.”

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Peter Rosenberg is a rap purist and a d.j. on the radio station Hot 97. These days, many d.j.s don’t actually d.j.—some play sets straight from iTunes; others act more like record producers, or commentators—but Rosenberg still has a thing for vinyl.

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The artist discusses her new album, “Matangi,” her artistic inspirations, and why she wants to reinvent the hippie.

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Xenia Rubinos, a composer and singer based in Brooklyn, uses a Boss looping pedal to create a sound that's distinctly uneven, textured, and elegant. Here, she and the drummer Marco Buccelli explain their process.

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Yasiin Bey performs with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

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The pianist Jeremy Denk discusses two of his important teachers, William Leland and György Sebok.

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A group of New Yorker staffers play Beck Hansen's "Old Shanghai."

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Nicholson Baker performs "Whistleblower Song, " a song he wrote to protest Bradley Manning's imprisonment without a trial.

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Nicholson Baker performs "When You Intervene," a song he wrote to protest military intervention and aid.

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Nicholson Baker performs "Nine Women Gathering Firewood," a song he wrote to protest a NATO warplane's inadvertent slaying of nine women.

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Nicholson Baker performs "Jeju Island Song," a song he wrote to protest the construction of a U.S. Military base on the Korean island of Jeju.

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A video of Deadmau5 in concert at Pier 36, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, shot by the photographer Jessica Dimmock.

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Olimpia Zagnoli, whose illustrations appeared in the 2011 Summer Fiction issue, directs the video for Green Like July's song "A Better Man."

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Michael Arthur illustrates John Ritter's song, "Galahad."

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Alec Wilkinson discusses Bettye LaVette's distinct vocal style.

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Stephen Malkmus and Steve West, of Pavement, discuss the band’s reunion tour.

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Freddie Gibbs, Indiana's second-most-famous musician, breaks down his song, "Midwest Malcolm."

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Sondre Lerche explains how to pronounce his name and performs acoustic versions of "Heartbeat Radio" and Scritti Politti's "The Word Girl."

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The violinist and composer Mark O’Connor talks about The O'Connor Violin Method, his new approach to teaching the violin.

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A performance of "Inuksuit," a percussion-ensemble piece, composed by John Luther Adams, that is designed to be played outdoors.

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The Jazz guitarist Bill Frisell performs at the Blue Note, in New York City, with the bassist Ron Carter and the drummer Paul Motian.