Zero Crossings – May 25, 2015, Memorial Day and Miles Griffin as co-host and guinea pig

Miles-CoHostToday’s show featured an my son as co-host and guinea pig. We started the afternoon with a couple of pieces that recognized Memorial Day and then turned to a set of pieces chosen by Miles (mostly from The Amazing Spider-Man 2). Then, as a follow-up on some of the conversation I had with Robert Raines during the previous week’s interview, I played several examples of pieces created by David Cope using his adaptive, learning software called EMI (Experiments in Musical Intelligence). I asked Miles to guess which pieces were written by human composers and which were copies created by EMI.

The music aired during the program included:
Paul Aitken – Flanders Fields, performed by University of North Texas Choir
Maurice Ravel – Le Tombeau de Couperin: I. Prelude; II-Fugue; III. Forlane; IV-Rigaudon; V-Menuet; VI: Toccata (Vif), performed by Charles Rosen
John Williams – Theme from Superman, from Superman Soundtrack
Hans Zimmer – I’m Electro; So Much Anger; Still Crazy; Electro Remix; Cold War; Special Project, from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Enya – Book of Days
David Cope – Invention #1, from EMI (Experiments in Musical Intelligence)
JS Bach – Invention #9 in F minor; Invention #14 in Bb, performed by Simone Dinnerstein
David Cope – Invention #2, from EMI
David Cope – Sonata (after Beethoven), from EMI
Ludvig van Beethoven – Sonata No. 31 In a Flat Major, Op. 110 : I. Moderato Cantabile, Molto Espressivo, performed by Anton Frei
David Cope – Mazurka, Op 1. No 2, from EMI
Sergei Rachmaninoff – Elegie In E Flat Minor, from Romantic Reflections – EP
David Cope – Suite, from EMI

Listen to the show here:

      Zero Crossings – May 25, 2015, Memorial Day and Miles Griffin as co-host and guinea pig

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CBG2_WPRKOriginally from New York, Charles Griffin returned to the U.S. in 2010 to take a position at Florida's Full Sail University as course director of Advanced Music Composition in their MPBS program, after spending 5 years living and working in Latvia. His compositions and arrangements have been performed at festivals and concert halls throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Brazil, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.

He is also a radio show host on 91.5 WPRK FM. His show Zero Crossings incorporates live interviews with composers, conductors and performers with a focus on the local contemporary art music scene.

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