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Guy Livingston: The Bug - "music, secrets, and silence" Guy Livingston: The Bug - "music, secrets, and silence"

    • Performing Arts

Listen to "The Bug" every Friday with host Guy Livingston.

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    The Bug #12: Muses

    The Bug #12: Muses

    In this episode, the last of season one, Guy Livingston muses on muses, music, and museums. Hark back to the ancient Greeks, Renaissance memes, and to some amazing muses who changed art history: Alma Mahler, Katinka Pasveer, Kiki de Montparnasse, and Clara Schumann. Why is a muse a muse? Is it about eroticism, beauty, sexuality, or couple dynamics? Are some women just smarter than the men they champion? Are muses out-dated now in an era of improved (though still imperfect) gender equality? And I didn’t even get to talk about Frederick Chopin and Georges Sand, who were each other’s muses, and defied gender conventions of their era…

    Listen and enjoy! (and see you in the autumn)

    Muses Playlist:



    * Gustav Mahler: Symphony number 2 –  Resurrection (Andante) conducted by Roger Norrington, SWR Radio Orchestra.

    * Karlheinz Stockhausen: Katinka’s Gesang, performed by Katinka Pasveer, from the opera Licht

    * Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet opus 47 (1st movement)

    * Tom Lehrer: “Alma” for voice and piano, sung by Mr. Lehrer himself.



    “You write to become immortal, or because the piano happens to be open, or you’ve looked into a pair of beautiful eyes.” – Robert Schumann

     

     

    • 14 min
    The Bug #11: Stockhausen’s new clothes

    The Bug #11: Stockhausen’s new clothes

    Postcast #11: featuring special guest Ned McGowan, in conversation with Guy Livingston

    “Aus Licht” consists of extracts from the excruciatingly long and bombastic opera “Licht” by Karlheinz Stockhausen – fortunately livened by occasional flashes of genius…the opera is in many modules, divided into 7 days of the week, each of which have their own color, their own aroma, their own symbol. The lighting and production values are fantastic, really mind-blowing. But the gestures, costumes, and video leave a lot to be desired. And the music ranges from weak to dated. Rarely, but at least once day, there are amazingly beautiful sections, some sung, and some for flute.

    This podcast discusses the helicopter quartet of Stockhausen (the audio here is from a prior production); Apocalypse Now‘s helicopter-infused soundtrack of Wagner; and Ballet mécanique by George Antheil. Enjoy!

     

    • 15 min
    The Bug #10: Music for Airports (redux)

    The Bug #10: Music for Airports (redux)

    with special guest Ned McGowan…

    The Bug Number 10, a podcast about airports, commercialism, and inner space (and the longest neon sculpture in the world).

    • 4 min
    The Bug #9: The birth of Ambient

    The Bug #9: The birth of Ambient

    Music for Airports

    another endless walkway…

    • 10 min
    Notre Dame

    Notre Dame

    The Bug #8: Nôtre Dame de Paris

    Playlist:

    Antienne Salve Regina, (GREGORIAN chant from the 10th century)

    followed by music of the late medieval composer Leonin, his Gloria – Redemptori Meo.

    Both recordings were made at Notre Dame.

     

    We heard croatian singer and historian Katarina Livljanić, and the canadian medievalist Brian Spence, owner of the marvelous and historic Abbey Bookshop in Paris.



     

    • 10 min
    The Bug: Moon Landing

    The Bug: Moon Landing

    The fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing is coming up in July, and to celebrate that, here is a podcast with lots of irreverent moon music!

    The Bug Podcast #007

     

    • 9 min

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