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Electronic Composer Tim Hecker on Space and Sonority

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Montreal-based electroacoustic composer Tim Hecker constructs alternately ambient and abrasive soundscapes. Listen to his Mixtape featuring music of Terry Riley, Charlemagne Palestine and Harold Budd.

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Kate Soper Probes Female Captivity in 'Voices from the Killing Jar'

Monday, January 20, 2014

In Kate Soper's epic Voices from the Killing Jar, seven women take the focus in an eight-movement work that is dark, wild and captivating. Stream the Wet Ink Ensemble's performance all this week. 

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Manhattan Impromptus

Monday, January 20, 2014

"Impromptu": something spontaneous, tossed-off, improvisatory. For composer Brian Schober, the term has a weightier significance and serves as the creative launching pad for his vast, cinematic set of impressions for piano called the Manhattan Impromptus, a work explored in its entirety this week on Hammered!.

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Just Because It's Tonal Doesn't Mean It's Bad

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Listeners, there will come a time when you meet a composer or new music enthusiast with a little bit of attitude – an attitude that suggests that the spiky, abrasive, modernist language that we all know and love is the only true lingua franca of new music, and that those who write tonal music do so naively, without considering the weight of history that tonal music carries. (Consider Alex Temple's recent discussion of this topic on New Music Box)

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Deerhoof's Bite-Sized, Mullet-Grabbing Mixtape

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Over the course of a 12-album career, Deerhoof has proven itself one of independent rock's most consistently inventive and eclectic ensembles. For their Mixtape, each member contributes 15 minutes of their favorite classical music.

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Pianist Commissions 10 Composers to Redefine 'American Vernacular'

Monday, January 13, 2014

For "American Vernacular," pianist Nicholas Phillips commissioned ten composers to each to write a piece inspired by their respective experiences of America. Stream the album all this week.

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Music For A Polar Vortex Evening

Monday, January 13, 2014

Despite the bizarrely high likelihood this week of NYC's "Polar Vortex" turning unseasonably spring-like, we're nevertheless hunkering down with wintery landscape pieces for piano and percussion, anchored by the The Adams From The North, Alaskan composer John Luther Adams.

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The Harpsichord Show

Thursday, January 09, 2014

This week, the Brothers Balliett take a listen to one an oft-misunderstood instrument: the harpischord. Listen at 3 pm for performances by 17th century composer Froberger, songstress Joanna Newsome and Czeck composer Viktor Kalabis.

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On-Demand Audio: Hilliard Ensemble's Farewell to New York Audiences

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Hear one of the world’s finest vocal chamber groups, the Hilliard Ensemble, on Q2 Music. The program is part of the Hilliard's farewell tour, as the group will disband in late 2014.

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Jennifer Higdon on Finding her Opera Voice

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon has had her music performed by many top orchestras and soloists. Her Mixtape alternates American spirituals with the music of Maria Schneider, Kenji Bunch and more.

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Composing With The Nature Of Sound

Monday, January 06, 2014

This week on Hammered! we dive deep into the music of the spectral school, exploring the sounds of Tristan Murail, Gerard Grisey, Claude Vivier and more alongside bits of "proto-spectralists" Olivier Messiaen, Claude Debussy and Bela Bartok. Listen each morning at 10 am.

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Lansky's 'Notes to Self': An Electronic Music Pioneer Goes Unplugged

Friday, January 03, 2014

The Princeton-based electronic music pioneer Paul Lansky describes the pieces on his new album as "later-in-life adventures in music that needs no electricity." Hear why on our exclusive album stream.

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The Brothers Balliett Best of 2013 Rundown

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Today at 3 pm, The Brothers Balliett take a look at some of their favorite releases from 2013, including music from Bang on a Can, International Contemporary Ensemble's Rebekah Heller, David Fulmer and more.

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On-Demand Audio: Pekka Kuusisto and Nico Muhly Duo

Thursday, January 02, 2014

On Jan. 3, composer-pianist Nico Muhly joined Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto for a joint show at (Le) Poisson Rouge featuring music by Glass, Pärt, Bach and Muhly himself. Hear the entire performance on demand.

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Results of Q2 Music's Third Annual New-Music Countdown

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Q2 Music presents the results of the third annual New-Music Countdown: the 100 best classical pieces of the last 100 years as chosen by our listeners. View the complete results.

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Announcing 24-Hour Marathons on the 24ths of 2014

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

In 2014, Q2 Music will stream 24-hour marathons on every 24th of the month. On Jan. 24, enjoy an all-day journey into the best recordings from 2013. 

New York, Mid-Winter with Laurie Spiegel

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Since the reissue of her seminal 1980 debut album "The Expanding Universe," computer music pioneer Laurie Spiegel has enjoyed a resurgence of attention. She offers music for the season on this week's Mixtape.

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Mark-Anthony Turnage's Symphonic Meditation on Hope and Hopelessness

Monday, December 30, 2013

Mark-Anthony Turnage's music is best known for its provocative clashes. But a new recording by the London Symphony Orchestra may surprise listeners with its emotional directness. Stream the album all this week.

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Timing Is Everything

Monday, December 30, 2013

One cycle ends, another begins, ushering in new priorities, new methods of organization, and probably a renewed gym membership. This week on Hammered! we honor this most momentous of metronome clicks with piano music that uniquely addresses the question of time and the temporal.

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Download: Stars of the Lid with the Wordless Music Orchestra

Monday, December 30, 2013

On Tues, Dec. 17, Q2 Music recorded the Texas-founded, experimental ambient duo Stars of the Lid and the Wordless Music Orchestra for a collaborative concert of intricate, drone-heavy minimalism. Stream the entire performance. 

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