Episode #223

Tech, Glitch, Alma

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Saturday, June 09, 2001

Kurt Andersen and MIT Media Lab Scientist and composer Tod Machover untangle the crossed wires of art and digital technology, with stories about legendary dancer Merce Cunningham's embrace of computers to choreograph his new work, a musical art form constructed entirely from electronic glitches, and writers, film editors, and designers who love — and hate — how computers have changed their crafts. And director Bruce Beresford and composer Stephen Endelman talk about Bride of the Wind, their new movie about Gustav and Alma Mahler, and design critic Veronique Vienne examines a uniquely American piece of furniture — the coffee table.

Guests:

Tod Machover

Commentary: Today's World War II Pop

Kurt looks at the three ways that our culture rehashes history.

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Bride of the Wind: Scoring Mahler's Marriage

Director Bruce Beresford and composer Stephen Endelman talk about the challenge of scoring the new movie Bride of the Wind, about the tempestuous marriage of Gustav and Alma Mahler.

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Composer Tod Machover on Digital Art

Kurt Andersen and composer and MIT Media Lab scientist Tod Machover talk about the convergence between art and digital technology.

Machover is a composer and Professor of Music & Media at MIT's Media Laboratory. His music uses highly eclectic combinations of electronic and acoustic sound, and his compositions have been performed around the ...

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Glitch Music

Producer Steve Nelson looks at electronic music taken to the extreme: it uses only computer-generated beeps and hums.

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Merce Cunningham's Digital Dance

The 82-year-old modern dance master Merce Cunningham describes what happened when he began choreographing on a PC.

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Analog or Digital?

WNYC's Sara Fishko spotlights a writer, a film editor, and a graphic designer who admit their ambivalent relationships to technology.

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Typing Explosion

Three Seattle women improvise and write poems collectively, in costume, on-demand, and on-stage with props that include typewriters, horns, bells, and whistles.

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