Episode #1121

Twyla Tharp, Lost, School of Pop

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Studio 360 Episode 1121, Twyla Tharp, Lost, School of Pop Laura Mead and Charlie Neshyba-Hodges in "Come Fly Away" (Joan Marcus)

Kurt talks with legendary Broadway and modern dance choreographer Twyla Tharp. Her new musical "Come Fly Away" is a dance narrative set to tunes by Frank Sinatra. An online pop music vocals class preps "American Idol" wannabes. And a new folk ballad mourns the end of the television thriller, "Lost."

Fly Her to the Moon

Twyla Tharp created and choreographed the new Broadway show, "Come Fly Away," set entirely to the music of Frank Sinatra. She tells Kurt how she dismissed conventional dialogue, instead creating a narrative driven exclusively by the dancers' movement.

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Lost Without Lost?

ABC's "Lost" ends its phenomenally successful six-year run this week. Studio 360's Scott Blaszak isn't happy about it. He wrote a ballad to help express his pain.
AUDIO SLIDESHOW: The Ballad of Lost

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Daedelus' Victorian Electronica

Musician and producer Daedelus creates music from orchestral samples, funky breakbeats, and anything else that strikes his fancy - including an inkjet printer. It sounds au courant, but his primary inspiration is England's Victorian era. Produced by Studio 360's Derek John.

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Bonus Track:
"Order of the Golden Dawn"

From Daedelus's album, Righteous Fists of Harmony.

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The Age of Wonder

In his book, The Age of Wonder, Richard Holmes describes the major breakthroughs in astronomy, anthropology, and physics in late 18th and early 19th century Britain. Holmes calls the era an "age of romantic science" - when the poets and scientists inspired each other's work.

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Bonus Track: More From Holmes

Holmes talks about Humphrey Davy's experiments with nitrous oxide, a.k.a. "laughing gas," and its effects on Samuel Coleridge and Mark Roget.

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School of Pop

Is it possible for someone to learn to sing online? We sent reporter Sarah Lemanczyk to the Berklee School of Music's virtual course to see whether the pop music training could spin gold out of Sarah's straw-like voice.

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Artie Shaw

Artie Shaw looked like a matinee idol, had his own big band, and a major hit while still in his twenties. But that success may have been the beginning of his undoing. This week Shaw would've turned 100, and WNYC's Sara Fishko takes a look back ...

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