Podcast 104: Traffic

Traffic on the American Highway can take many forms, loud or quiet, fast or furious, intense or dense – tonight Fred Frith is in the driver’s seat, with his brand of electronic guitar sounds and minimalist avant-gardism – and no less than the Ensemble Moderne.

In this episode, pianist Guy Livingston brings us music of Frith as well as Roger Kleier, Florian Weber & Angelika Niescier, and the Razorbacks. Plus a quirky quotation by John Cage, as he sits calmly in his noisy New York apartment, at an open window, with the sirens and traffic sounds swirling around him.



Theme Music:
Jan Jeroen (J.J.) Spijkervet & Immersive Sound
“American Highways” Jingle
Sounds About Right
composed for Concertzender

Roger Kleier
Step out of the Car
Guy Livingston
Wergo 6649-2

Florian Weber & Angelika Niescier
And Over
FAr Krefeld
Angelika Niescier Saxophone, Ralph Alessi Trumpet Florian Weber Piano, Christopher Tordini Bass, Tyshawn Sorey Drums
Naxos: INTAKT 263

Duda & Bundy
Restless for the Road
The Razorbacks
Fury Records ‎– FCD 3061

Fred Frith
8. Inadvertent Introduction
9. Traffic II
10. Third Riddle
11. Lourdement Gai
12. Traffic III / Traffic I
13. Freeway / Shadow of a Tree on Sand
14. Fragile Finale
Fred Frith & Ensemble Modern; Franck Ollu, cond.
WDR & Winter 910 044-2 LC 02829

Closing tune:
David King
Super America
The Bad Plus
E1 Records: EOM-CD-2112

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