The Producer

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The Producer

What happens when a composer writes music without pen and paper, using machines? How does that change the creative process? How does it morph the art itself? 

Today on Meet the Composer, our producer Alex Overington — usually behind the studio glass — takes us on a road trip to unravel the creative process of those composers who write without a score. We meet the synthesists, the samplers, the electronic musicians, and dive deep into the tools they’ve adopted to define their craft. 

Join us as we uncover what it means to be a composer who sculpts directly with sound, through conversations with such artists as Matmos, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Tyondai Braxton, Laurie Anderson, Morton Subotnick and more.


Heard a piece of music you loved? Discover it here!

0:21—Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: Rare Things Grow | Listen 
2:27—Terry Riley: A Rainbow in Curved Air | Listen 
3:16—Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor | Listen 
4:03—Gustave Mahler: Symphony No. 4, IV. Adagietto | Listen 
4:33—Oneohtrix Point Never: Problem Areas | Listen 
6:02—Matmos: Ultimate Care II | Listen 
6:30—Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: First Flight | Listen 
7:41—Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: Envelop | Listen 
11:29—Matmos: Mister Mouth | Listen 
12:59—Morton Subotnick: Silver Apples of the Moon | Listen 
13:48—The Vogues: Five O'Clock World | Listen 
14:42—Arthur Smith: Banjo Boogie | Listen 
15:26—Morton Subotnick: Silver Apples of the Moon | Listen 
15:51—Stephen Foster: Camptown Races | Watch 
16:04—Johannes Pachabel: Canon in D | Listen 
16:55—Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: Sundry | Listen 
18:25—Morton Subotnick: Silver Apples of the Moon | Listen 
20:28—Tyondai Braxton: Opening Bell | Listen 
20:56—Tyondai Braxton: Gracka | Listen 
22:43—Tyondai Braxton: Scout1 | Listen 
24:39—Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: Wetlands | Listen 
28:30—Pierre Schaeffer & Pierre Henry: Orphée 53 | Listen 
29:25—Mistinguett: Mitsou | Listen 
29:38—Pierre Schaeffer & Pierre Henry: Orphée 53 | Listen 
29:57—The Sugarhill Gang: Apache [Jump On It] | Listen 
30:20—Kanye West: A "Dope Ass Beat" | Watch 
30:39—Matmos: Very Large Green Triangles | Listen 
31:26—Matmos: Ur Tchan Tan Tse Qi | Listen 
32:49—Jingle Cats: Jingle Bells | Listen 
33:22—Matmos: California Rhinoplasty | Listen 
34:28—Matmos: Lipostudio... And So On | Listen 
34:37—Matmos: L.A.S.I.K. | Listen 
35:20—Matmos: L.A.S.I.K. | Listen 
37:27—Matmos: You | Listen 
39:14—Matmos & So Percussion: Aluminum | Listen 
40:50—Matmos: Ultimate Care II | Listen 
47:46—Matmos: Ultimate Care II | Listen 
49:14—Laurie Anderson: Another Day in America | Listen 
53:04—Laurie Anderson: Sharkey's Day | Listen 
53:59—Edward Grieg: Lyric Pieces for the Piano, op. 43, "Butterfly" | Listen 
54:27—Laurie Anderson: My Right Eye | Listen 
55:31—Laurie Anderson: Another Day in America | Listen 
57:35—Laurie Anderson: The Lake [Instrumental] | Listen