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  • The Sun, The Moon And A String Quartet: Kronos Plays Live To The Solar Eclipse

    [embedded content]YouTubePreparation for Monday's solar eclipse has focused on safe viewing techniques: Don't forget to don those special "eclipse glasses." But you also may want to insert earbuds, because the ever-intrepid Kronos Quartet will be making music with the sun in real time as the eclipse unfolds. You can stream it live on this page on Monday, Aug. 21, beginning at 12:15 p.m. EDT.Wayne Grim, a composer based at the Exploratorium, San Francisco's science museum, has devised a way to turn what is essentially a silent viewing event into a musical one as well. He calls it the "sonification" of the eclipse.At the sun's core, subatomic particles smash into each other. Grim plans to soak up the resulting nuclear fusion and turn it into notes. Photons from the fusion, captured by telescopes in Casper, Wyo., are converted to pixels. Those are sent back into space and relayed via satellite to the Exploratorium, where Kronos is on stage. Grim's special software recasts each pixel's digital fingerprint into unique tones. Kronos will perform with the sounds of the sun, adapting as ...

  • Spotify Removes Racist Music In Response To Charlottesville

    Enlarge this image Virginia State Police in Charlottesville, Va., on Sunday, the day after a "Unite the Right" rally ended in violence and the death of a 32-year-old woman. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide captiontoggle caption Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Spotify and other streaming services have begun removing white supremacist content from their platforms, as websites and musicians alike scramble to distance themselves from the white nationalist movement.In a statement on Wednesday, Spotify blamed the labels and distributors that supply music to its database but said "material that favors hatred or incites violence against race, religion, sexuality or the like is not tolerated by us. Spotify takes immediate action to remove any such material as soon as it has been brought to our attention."Tidal, the streaming service partially owned by Jay-Z, seems to be following suit. Two "hate bands" NPR found on the platform on ...

  • Overcoats On World Cafe

    Enlarge this image Overcoats' debut album is called Young. Courtesy of the artist hide captiontoggle caption Courtesy of the artist "23""Hold Me Close"In this session, we bring you a live session with Overcoats. The duo's music rests on two voices so perfectly in sync you'd swear they were coming from the same person — or, at least, from people who are related. Or, at least, people who've known each other their whole lives.But none of those things are true for Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell. They met at Wesleyan college and formed a near-instant bond that's the stuff of sisterhood dreams. Their connection is the centerpiece of their sound as Overcoats, and I'll tell ya: After spending an afternoon with them in studio, that connection goes way beyond the music.Overcoats' debut album is called Young. It's a coming-of-age record with a twist: The usual loneliness of growing pains is impossible for the band, because no matter what one member is going through, she ...

  • Charles Berry Jr. On World Cafe

    Enlarge this image Chuck Berry, the subject of discussion in this session with his son Charles Berry Jr. Courtesy of the artist hide captiontoggle caption Courtesy of the artist "Johnny B Goode" - Chuck Berry is on Top"My Ding-A-Ling" - The London Chuck Berry Sessions"Jaguar And Thunderbird" - Chuck berry on Stage"Wonderful Woman" - ChuckMost of us know Chuck Berry as a pioneer, if not the pioneer, who defined rock 'n' roll. My guest today knew him as dad.Charles Berry Jr. is here to share memories of growing up watching the elder Berry on TV, joining him on tour in his later years and contributing to what would be his final record, an album called Chuck that was released in June.Chuck was decades in the making. It's Berry's first collection of almost entirely new songs since 1979's Rockit. Hear our conversation in the player above.World Cafe: 8/16/17Let's block ads! (Why?)

  • One Of Music Row's Most Influential Leaders, Jo Walker-Meador, Has Died At 93

    Enlarge this image Jo Walker-Meador and Vince Gill at the Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee in 2015. Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMHOF hide captiontoggle caption Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMHOF Jo Walker-Meador, one of the most important behind-the-scenes advocates of country music, has died. Walker-Meador, who led the Country Music Association as its executive director from 1962 to 1991, died Tuesday night in Nashville at age 93 after suffering a stroke. Her death was announced by the Country Music Association and the Country Music Hall of Fame.Born February 16, 1924 in Orlinda, Tennesee as Edith Josephine Denning and raised on a farm, Walker-Meador began working in 1958 as the first paid employee of the Country Music Association, which hired her as its office manager.When first hired, Walker-Meador had a very steep learning curve, as she told in a 2008 interview: ...

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