Robert Raines

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

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

Zero Crossings – May 18, 2015 – Robert Raines

CompDigiToday’s show featured an interview with composer and author Robert Raines. I spoke with Rob about his newly released book Composition in the Digital World, published by Oxford University Press.

The music aired during the program included:
Ellen Taffe Zwillich – Quintet for Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass & Piano: I. Quarter note = 60; II. Fantasy, from Passionate Diversions: A Celebration of Ellen Taffe Zwilich
Christopher Rouse – Bonham, from Perkussion NRW
Eric Whitacre – Water Night, from Virtual Choir 3, via youtube.com
Greg Wilder – Isomer Study #1, from OUP Website
Michael Daugherty – Metropolis Symphony: V. Red Cape Tango

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      Zero Crossings – May 18, 2015, Robert Raines and Composition in the Digital World

Zero Crossings – April 6, 2015, Friends and family

Today’s show featured an eclectic mix of great music by 11 composers, most of whom I know personally. I was joined in the studio by my 8 year-old son who was out sick from school, snickered in the background from time to time, and chose and announced the final track for the afternoon.

The music aired during the program included:
Frank Felice – 3 Pieces from Banff: 1. Patent Nonsense; 2 Winter’s Gloaming; 3. Impromptu, from Boyd, Kate: Music for the End of Winter
Theodore Wiprud – El Jaleo. from Love and Longing
Gene Pritzker – Piano Trio, Op. 239, from Trio Panta Rhei
Charles Coleman – Streetscape, from American Portraits
Carl Schimmel – Into Xylonia: I. Gleaming teak parquet, boundless, oceanic; II. Bubinga buttons and ash pegs bubble in clumps; III. Newelposts and dominoes jostle with alphablocks, caepitose and shrubby; IV. Ligneous tendrils bear fattening spindle tips, shooting about dowelsprout; V. Pyrgoidal Peppermills and Peglegs – Mammoth Axehandles – Titanic Biedermeier Bedstands; VI. From the barbicans flutter deckle and chads, tickertape and timbersplinters, crepe paper billowing like henin cloth, from Into Xylonia
Christopher Gable – Beat That Clock, from Zeitgesit: Here and Now
Alex Shapiro – Slipping, from Notes from the Kelp
Robert Raines – The Return of Odysseus: Athena Visits Ithaca; The Sirens; The Kingdom of the Dead; The Return of Odysseus; The Rooted Bed, from The Return of Odysseus (MSR Classics)
Dosia McKay – A Whisperer in the Land of Shouters, from Lacrimosa
William Susman – Moving in to an Empty Space No. 1 Hot Time; No. 2 Begging the Night for Change; No.3 Moving in to an Empty Space, from Scatter My Ashes
“Weird Al” Yankovic – Fat

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      Zero Crossings – April 6, 2015 – A Mixed Bag