The Next Track, Episode #189 – Renaissance Men of Music

A reviewer suggested that we mentioned John Cage in this podcast as a “cheap marketing ploy.” That made use think about taste: highbrow, lowbrow, and unibrow. We reflect on whether we are really the “Renaissance men of music.”

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Robert Fripp’s Music for Quiet Moments Playlist

Each week, for the past few months, Robert Fripp has been releasing lovely ambient tracks from a series he calls Music for Quiet Moments. Today, he has just released a 13th track, Horizons.

I’ve been collecting these in an Apple Music playlist, and updating the playlist each week. Feel free to listen here, or add the playlist to your Apple Music library and enjoy this lovely music.

The Next Track, Episode #188 – Kathryn Williams on the Breath in Music

Kathryn Williams plays the flute, and, because of some health issues, has a unique approach to the breath. In addition to being a free diver, she has been commissioning pieces of music for one single breath. And she’s going to try to break the Guinness world record for the longest sustained note on a wind instrument.

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The Next Track, Episode #187 – Live Performances during Covid-19, and After

John Wyver’s company Illuminations produces films of live performances: theater, dance, opera, and music. He joins us to discuss the future of live performances in what he calls The After, that period when Covid-19 is just a memory. Will live performances be able to start again even if there isn’t a vaccine? How can social distancing allow live performances to return?

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The Next Track, Episode #186 – Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani

We meet harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, who is showing how the harpsichord is no longer an instrument just for “old” music. His latest recording features contemporary music for harpsichord and electronics.

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The Next Track, Episode #185 – Use Plex to Manage Your Media Library

Plex is a great way to manage your media library. Doug and Kirk discuss how they use it. Note: we recorded this episode before the lockdown began, but held off publishing it because we had a number of interviews with musicians in lockdown.

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The Next Track, Episode #184 – TJ Connelly, Boston Sports DJ

TJ Connelly is a sports DJ: he provides “scores” for live sporting events, such as baseball, football, and hockey games. Since the lockdown, he’s been out of work, and he has been focusing his attention on Uncertain Times, a daily streaming radio show. We talk with him about what it means to score live sports, and how his streaming show is reconnecting him with real radio.

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The Next Track, Episode #183 – Composer and Pianist Timo Andres on Concertizing at Home

Timo Andres is a young composer and pianist, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2016. We discuss his music, and how he missed his first solo recital at Carnegie Hall du to the coronavirus lockdown, and decided to make home videos of all the works to present his program to the public. (Apologies for the audio; we made some mistakes when recording.)

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The Next Track, Episode #182 – Oliver Craske on His Biography of Ravi Shankar, Indian Sun

Oliver Craske has just published the first biography of the legendary Indian musician Ravi Shankar. Craske knew and worked with Shankar near the end of his life, and carried out extensive research to tell the tale of the man who brought Indian music to the west. (Apologies for the poor Skype audio quality.)

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The Next Track, Episode #181 – Classical Music Critic Anne Midgette

Anne Midgette resigned as classical music critic for the Washington Post a few months ago, but she is well placed to discuss the dangers facing live performances of classical music in The After. And she tells us about the historical novel she’s writing about the woman who built pianos for Beethoven.

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