A Computer Scientist on Bach

Last week on “On Being,” Krista Tippett interviewed Bernard Chazelle, who is Eugene Higgins Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University. Some of his approaches to listening, thoughts, and insights about the music of Bach were fascinating.

Bernard Chazelle on “On Being” with Krista Tippett

Chazelle also keeps a fairly extensive blog on music. I haven’t explored all of it yet, but here it is!

Bernard Chazelle’s Blog

Up Close with Michel van der Aa

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If you have a spare 30 minutes (because in this day and age 30 minutes of extra time is easy to come by), you may want to check out this concerto for cello, by Michel van der Aa, a dutch composer who was the recipient of the 2013 University of Louisville Grawemeyer award. Titled ‘Up Close’, this piece could be considered more of a film opera than a concerto. That being said, it is imperative that you watch the accompanying video along with listening to the music.

Feel free to share your comments below. Maybe we can get an interesting discussion going!

24 Hours of John Zorn

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Q2 Music, the contemporary music radio station associated with New York Public Radio, is celebrating the 61st birthday of John Zorn with a 24-hour marathon of his music tomorrow (Friday, September 5). This is actually a rebroadcast of their 60th birthday celebration from last September, but in case you’d like to listen to some great music and support a wonderful radio station, check out the website where you can stream it here:

http://www.wqxr.org/#!/series/q2/

Zorn is the host, so you will also get to hear commentary from the composer about his works!