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Thoughts in Sound

Series produced by John Diliberto

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Five Icons Contemplate the Meaning of Sound and Music

Most artists are content to play the notes, but there's a handful of composers and musicians who work at the level of sound itself, turning meaning, finding nuance, charting new hitherto unheard directions in music through a contemplation of the meaning of sound itself. In a series of five non-narrative features, four composers and one music movement grapple with sound from its spiritual to its theoretical dimensions. The artists include John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Brian Eno, Keith Jarrett and in a Minimalist Meditation, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Philip Glass, LaMonte Young and John Adams.

Thoughts in Sound is produced in three formats: a series of five five-minute, self-contained features, a half-hour documentary, and an hour-long documentary that contains a companion half-hour of the artists? music to illustrate their words.

It's a collection of programs that is engaging to hear and flexible to schedule. The five-part series of features can be presented within an arts or music magazine program, contemporary or classical music program, or a news magazine program. The half-hour documentary can likewise be featured in an arts or music program, while the full hour can stand alone in a specials timeslot. Two audio promos are included that can be used for all of the program formats.

These evergreen programs can be scheduled together or separately to commemorate notable dates, such as the upcoming 60th birthday of Brian Eno on May 15, 2008.

Please see the individual entries for their detailed descriptions:
1-Brian Eno: Architect of Ambience
2-John Cage: Imaginary Landscapes
3-A Minimalist Meditation
4-Keith Jarrett: Piano Primitive
5-Karlheinz Stockhausen: Composing for the Post-Apocalypse Hide full description

Most artists are content to play the notes, but there's a handful of composers and musicians who work at the level of sound itself, turning meaning, finding nuance, charting new hitherto unheard directions in music through a contemplation of the meaning of sound itself. In a series of five non-narrative features, four composers and one music movement grapple with sound from its spiritual to its theoretical dimensions. The artists include John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Brian Eno, Keith Jarrett and in a Minimalist Meditation, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Philip Glass, LaMonte Young and John Adams.

Thoughts in Sound is produced in three formats: a series of five five-minute, self-contained features, a half-hour documentary, and an hour-long documentary that contains a companion half-hour... Show full description


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A titan of modern music contemplates the spiritual and theoretical dimensions of sound

  • Added: Jan 07, 2008
  • Length: 05:03
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A piano iconoclast reveals a music vision based in the inner vibrations of sound

  • Added: Jan 07, 2008
  • Length: 05:02
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Five musical giants consider a signature movement in new music

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  • Length: 05:02
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A conceptualist of sound contemplates the meaning of music

Bought by KGLT and KGOU


  • Added: Jan 07, 2008
  • Length: 05:02
  • Purchases: 2
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Rock's leading conceptualist ponders the meaning of sound and music

Bought by KGOU and KVMR


  • Added: Jan 07, 2008
  • Length: 05:02
  • Purchases: 2
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Five Icons Contemplate the Meaning of Sound and Music

Bought by KDUR


  • Added: Jan 07, 2008
  • Length: 29:02
  • Purchases: 1
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Five Icons Contemplate the Meaning of Sound and Music

Bought by WGBH Radio Boston, Marfa Public Radio, KUT-HD, and KGLT


  • Added: Jan 07, 2008
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 4