Episode #1351

Beck's Play-It-Yourself Album & Photo Remix Winners

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Beck Beck (Cassidy Turbin)

Kurt Andersen talks with the musician Beck, whose new project is a collection of 20 songs released as sheet music. If you want to hear the songs, you have to play them yourself, and we did. Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” defines the sound of dance music we’re still grooving to today. And EEG hits the mass market, as toy makers develop electrode headsets that read your mind.

Bracing for the Copyright Cliff

Next year is a big one for artists whose work was published in 1978. A revision to copyright law allows musicians, authors, or any copyright holders to reclaim their rights after 35 years. For the already-struggling music industry, this could be a lethal blow, or what Kurt Andersen calls the "copyright cliff" ...

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Winner: Photo Remix Challenge

Last month, we gave you a challenge: married photographers Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor provided ten images for you to remix into an original composition.  We received more than 600 entries. Jerry and Maggie judged the contest and return to the show to announce the results ...

The Winner and Runners-Up

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Beck’s Song Reader: Open to Interpretation

Beck has always been an unpredictable musician: from the folk-rock of Mellow Gold, to the digital sounds of Odelay, to the raucous funk of Midnite Vultures. But for his latest project, there’s no music at all — unless you want to make some yourself. Song Reader, published by McSweeney's ...

Video: Kurt Andersen & radio friends perform "Saint Dude"

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Mind Games: Designing with EEG

EEG — electroencephalography — is almost a century old, and it’s creeping out of the research lab and the neurologist’s office. Headsets embedded with electrodes to read electrical activity in the brain are commercially available, and designers are using that information for all sorts of purposes ...

Slideshow: The Ascent

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Donna Summer: I Feel Love

In 1977 Donna Summer released a single that changed the sound of dance music forever. It abandoned disco’s funky roots in favor of a driving electronic pulse. Summer’s voice was the only thing on “I Feel Love” not created by a synthesizer, recalls the song’s composer, Giorgio Moroder ...

Video: "I Feel Love" (Live)

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afourthfool from North Carolina

Your best show of the year. The subjects flowed so wonderfully and the interviews were exploratory and inviting. I don't know whether you did something different or i am just bias to the subjects of this week's show, but the entire hourwas thoroughly engaging.

Have fun with tomorrow's Mayan press!

Dec. 20 2012 10:02 PM

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