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by Seth Colter Walls

May 27, 2014

Radio: Cutting-Edge Classical

by Seth Colter Walls  |  May 27, 2014

Welcome to your hub for virtuoso electro riffs, dizzying beats and all the latest trends in "classical" music -- some of which was probably written just a few months ago. We've got music from all the living-composer schools, running the stylistic gamut from Philip Glass' electric-keyboard minimalism to Annie Gosfield's exquisitely arranged Downtown NYC noise, and on to Michael Finnissy's European New Complexity music.

And there are alt rock cameos galore, too (since today's class of indie star is fairly likely to have studied classical music at some point). That means chamber-music compositions from tUnE-YArDs, St. Vincent, Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, and Glenn Kotche (the drummer from Wilco). Many of these artists' compositions show up regularly on albums issued by the New Amsterdam and Cantaloupe labels; both of those catalogs are well represented on this station.

And since what counts as "contemporary" in classical music usually stretches back a good way, this radio station also offers prime cuts of forward-looking composition from recent decades. That means Laurie Spiegel's pioneering early computer music (produced at Bell Labs in the '70s); Pierre Boulez's electro-acoustic experiments from the 1980s; and less well-known but no less impressive works by the likes of Tom Johnson, Eve Beglarian and many other composers. So click play and get ready to see just see how varied the world of "new" classical music can be.

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