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Friday, April 30, 2010

ACP #9

This week on All the Cool Parts - in honor of the recent announcement of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in music going to composer Jennifer Higdon, we're presenting the 2006 Naxos release of some of her more intimate chamber music.

We also present Nick Vasallo's Expand the Hive for orchestra for our latest installment of All the Cool Parts Idol.  You can learn more about the composer at his web site.

Keep those Idol submissions and emails coming!  And leave us a review in iTunes - dooo it!!!  :)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

ACP #8

This week on All the Cool Parts we have a very special guest - Randy Jordan from the #1 World of Warcraft podcast on the internet, The Instance.  Randy kindly joined us for an in depth discussion on the music being written for video games - and in particular the music of Jason Hayes and Russell Brower for the MMORPG, World of Warcraft.  This might surprise some of you - I mean - video game music??

The music for video games is really coming into its own (much like film music did in the last century), and is becoming a real outlet for new classical music to be written.  Millions of young new fans are being made daily because of this music, and I felt it was something worth presenting, and definitely time to stop ignoring.

This is our longest podcast yet, but well worth it.  Randy and I had a blast recording this episode, and are talking about doing it again in the future, when the next WoW expansion Cataclysm is released and we have a whole new cache of music to talk about.

If you like the music in this episode, I highly recommend going to Blizzards web site and watching the short movies from each incarnation of the game.  View the original cinematic HERE.  View the Burning Crusade cinematic HERE.  View the Wrath of the Lich King cinematic HERE.

Due to the length of this week's episode, I'm not doing an All the Cool Parts Idol installment - but look out for another one next week!  As always, if you're an emerging composer, performer or ensemble - send me music!  We actually just got our first submission from a performer, which is fantastic.  I love getting music from composers, but performers, don't be afraid to submit - I'd love to get more music from performers!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

ACP #7

This week on All the Cool Parts, we present the choral music of Eric Whitacre, as performed by the Polyphony chorus directed by Stephen Layton.  Whitacre's music has become extremely popular, especially in the choir and concert band worlds, and he is rapidly becoming one of the most performed living American composers period.

Also, we present our All the Cool Parts Idol #2.  In this installment, we hear Prologue by Seattle based composer J.C. Combs.  Prologue is part of a larger work entitled Minstrel Nomadic, and can be purchased HERE.  J.C. also runs Improv Friday, and is the founder of this weekly event.

Here is the virtual choir of Eric Whitacre that I mentioned in the show.  This is his piece Lux Aurumque:

Friday, April 9, 2010

ACP #6

This week on All the Cool Parts, we present the 2008 recording of Avant Pop band Electric Kompany, and feature our very first interview with guitarist and EK founder Kevin Gallagher!  We talk about many interesting and varied things - among them the music on the disc and the composers who wrote that music - Jacob T.V., Marc Mellits, David Langanella and Nick Didkovsky.  I also said I would put a link to more information on spectral music in the show notes, so here it is :)

Here are some you tube videos of Kevin and Electric Kompany - check them all out!!

Friday, April 2, 2010

ACP #5

This week on All the Cool Parts, I present the 2008 release Go Crystal Tears - a collaboration of counter tenor Andreas Scholl, lutenist Julian Behr, and the viol consort Concerto di Viole.  The disc features music by English renaissance composers John Dowland, John Ward, John Benet, Robert Johnson, William Byrd and Alfonso Ferrabosco the younger.

In Addition - we finally have the first installment of All the Cool Parts Idol!!  Our first submission comes from composer Jessica Rugani.  We present her piece Nymphshadow, for flute and bowed piano.  You can learn more about the bowed piano here.

Also, here are links to some of the things featured and talked about during the show:




As always, we need more submissions for All the Cool Parts Idol.  Please - up and coming musicians and composers - send your recordings to allthecoolparts at gmail dot com.  Help me promote your music and your careers!

Tune in next week for something completely different!