Unlike some attempts at marketing-driven classical crossover, Alarm Will Sound, a young, 22-member chamber orchestra, offers up a true techno-classical hybrid in transcribing 13 tracks by Aphex Twin (aka Richard D. James), a star of the British techno scene. This is electronica at its most dizzyingly complex, and here the songs emerge as miniature tone poems: a robust percussion sounds replace Aphex's finely detailed electronic beats, the warm glow of strings, woodwinds and brass takes over for the sleek synthesizer melodies.
By Seth Colter Walls on 10.28.14 in Features
John Luther Adams tells Seth Colter-Walls why he spent the premiere of his Pulitzer-winning work on an operating table.
By Britt Robson on 09.30.14 in Reviews
Become Ocean is both profound and easy to grasp. Composer John Luther Adams sets the premise: "Life on this earth first emerged from the sea. As the polar ice melts and sea level rises, we humans find ourselves facing th...
By John Schaefer on 04.29.14 in Reviews
Julia Wolfe's masterful meditation on the legend of John Henry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2010, and it's not hard to see why. Written for the Bang On A Can All-Stars (Wolfe is a co-founder of Bang On A Can)...
By Jayson Greene on 03.30.14 in Features
The Wilco drummer talks about making the leap to composition.