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Where else can you find an interview with Academy Award-winning composer John Barry, flying saucer music, or wall-to-wall Hawaiian War Chants? Spinning On Air crosses musical boundaries in quest of the fire ignited by the interaction of Art and Pop. One of the bright spots on the New York radio dial (according to the "New York Times"), illuminated by host David Garland.

Where else can you find an interview with Academy Award-winning composer John Barry, flying saucer music, or wall-to-wall Hawaiian War Chants? Spinning On Air crosses musical boundaries in quest of the fire ignited by the interaction of Art and Pop. One of the bright spots on the New York radio dial (according to the "New York Times"), illuminated by host David Garland.
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Where else can you find an interview with Academy Award-winning composer John Barry, flying saucer music, or wall-to-wall Hawaiian War Chants? Spinning On Air crosses musical boundaries in quest of the fire ignited by the interaction of Art and Pop. One of the bright spots on the New York radio dial (according to the "New York Times"), illuminated by host David Garland.

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Episodes

Mike McGinnis plays Bill Smith

12/29/2013
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Clarinetist Mike McGinnis brings a large ensemble ito perform two pieces: the mid-century modern masterpiece "Concerto for Clarinet and Combo," composed in 1956 by Bill Smith; and McGinnis's own, new clarinet concerto "Roadtrip."

Duration:00:59:00

A Very Jolly Synthesized Christmas

12/22/2013
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Plug in the Christmas cheer! David Garland presents vintage recordings of holiday favorites performed on Moog, Buchla, and other analog synthesizers. You might think this sonic tinsel would seem synthetic, but it's full of genuine joy and warmth.

Duration:00:57:00

Reuben Butchart "Nameless and Awake"

6/9/2013
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Composer, singer, and pianist Reuben Butchart brings his song cycle "Nameless and Awake" to the WNYC Studio. David Garland talks with Butchart about the songs and how the music came together at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center.

Duration:00:56:59

Laura Marling 4

6/2/2013
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British songwriter Laura Marling sings insightful new songs about "the push and pull nature of the human psyche." Laura returns for her fourth visit to Spinning On Air to perform songs from her fourth album Once I Was An Eagle (Ribbon Music).

Duration:00:56:59

Poetry & Jazz

5/19/2013
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There was a particular renaissance back in the 1950s and '60s, bringing together poetry and jazz. David Garland presents classic poetry and jazz recordings, including the voices of Jack Kerouac and Langston Hughes, along with music by Charles Mingus, Al Cohn and Zoot Sims, Allyn Ferguson, and others.

Duration:00:56:59

Mother & Son: Yoko Ono & Sean Lennon

5/12/2013
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Yoko Ono and her son Sean Lennon join David Garland to present and talk about Yoko Ono's music. Yoko and Sean tell many interesting stories, speak intimately about the music, and reminisce about the events that inspired the compositions.

Duration:01:54:59

The Pleasures of Playing With Proportion

5/5/2013
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David Garland presents two new musical projects that display particular interest in the pleasures of playing with proportion: "The Weighing of the Heart" by Colleen, and "The Adorables" by Zeena Parkins, Shayna Dunkelman, and Preshish Moments.

Duration:00:56:59

The Gregarious Guitars of Don Bikoff

4/28/2013
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Guitarist/composer Don Bikoff's album "Celestial Explosion" was released in 1968. The album featured an Eastern-influenced take on the bluesy finger-picking of Mississippi John Hurt and American Primitivism of John Fahey. Bikoff joins David Garland to reminisce, laugh, and play us some guitar.

Duration:00:58:43

John Simon, Songwriter, and Producer of Landmark Albums of the '60s

4/21/2013
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Back in 1996 David Garland welcomed?John Simon?to perform and to talk about his music and career. Here are highlights, featuring music from albums he produced for Leonard Cohen, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Band, and more.

Duration:00:56:59

Pianissimo 2

4/14/2013
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Piano music can have a very personal touch. David Garland presents another hour of lyrical, soulful, playful piano music, featuring recordings by Chilly Gonzales, Duke Ellington, and others.

Duration:00:56:59

Stories With and Without Language: The Musical Adventures of Iva Bittova

4/7/2013
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Iva Bittova is a storyteller. Singing wordlessly, or using an implied language of her own, she creates intimate, engrossing narratives. She sings and plays violin simultaneously, drawing chiefly from material on her new ECM album, "Iva Bittova."

Duration:00:58:51

Spinning on Air: Spring Power!

3/31/2013
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Music with rhythmic and melodic power; music for bursting forth after a long, snowy winter. David Garland presents music from warm places like Brazil, New Orleans, India, and...Brooklyn; music vibrating with a pulse that comes from Africa.

Duration:00:56:59

Mother & Son: Molly & Nick Drake

3/24/2013
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A brand new album gives David Garland the opportunity to show that the songwriter who had the greatest influence on Nick Drake was his mother, Molly Drake.

Duration:00:56:59

Engulfed in Cello with Julia Kent

3/17/2013
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Composer/cellist Julia Kent creates evocative environments of sound with her cello, running it through digital delays and a laptop to magnify and multiply the music. She performs her layered music in the WNYC Studio.

Duration:00:57:00

Tyondai Braxton Brings "HIVE" to The Guggenheim

3/10/2013
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Composer Tyondai Braxton writes angular, energized music, teeming with ideas and sounds. He's developing a new multimedia piece, HIVE, which he'll premier at The Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan on March 21st.

Duration:00:57:04

Nature Theater of Oklahoma's "Life and Times"

3/3/2013
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Adventures In, um, ah, Autobiography: Nature Theater of Oklahoma is a New York-based performance group. David Garland brings the cast of six singers and three musicians to the WNYC Studio to perform two extended excerpts from Episode 1 of "Life and Times."

Duration:00:57:59

Guitarist Sean Smith

2/24/2013
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Guitarist/composer Sean Smith creates adventurous instrumental pieces for steel-string guitar, inspired by his ongoing quest for reality, his fascination with a 1930s prose poem, and the pleasure of riding the bus to the library. Sean brings his guitar to the WNYC Studio.

Duration:00:57:01

Larkin Grimm - Soul Retrieval Live

2/10/2013
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Larkin Grimm returns to perform music from her new album "Soul Retrieval" and she talks with David Garland about her experiences with shamanic ceremonies, having a baby, Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture, Kurt Cobain's suicide, seeking spiritual wisdom, and much more.

Duration:00:56:59

Coping Strategies

2/3/2013
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Say "so what?" Shout into the abyss. Talk with friends. These and other "coping strategies" are suggested in songs by Clogs, Caetano Veloso & David Byrne, Wingdale Community Singers, Diane Cluck, Richard Thompson, Scott Walker, and others.

Duration:00:56:59

Rhythm Composers

1/27/2013
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David Garland presents a range of rhythms from composers such as Dan Deacon, Moondog, Ennio Morricone, Tujiko Noriko & Takemura Nobukazu, Julia Kent, and Motion Sickness of Time Travel, and Villagers.

Duration:00:57:00