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Echoes Podcast: Peter Gregson Interview

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Peter Gregson's 21st Century Orchestra: The Echoes Podcast

Peter Gregson is a classically-trained cellist.  He’s recorded with orchestras as well as composers Max Richter and the late-Jóhann Jóhannsson. He’s also composed music for film and video games including, Ammonite. He goes into ambient chamber music on his recording Patina. It mixes synthesizers and electronic processing and his cello run through a vocoder. Join us when we talk with Peter Gregson in the Echoes Podcast.

Nov 18 2021

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ECHOES PODCAST: Rena Jones Interview

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Rena Jones's Mythology Through Music: The Echoes Interview

Rena Jones is a polymath. She plays violin, cello and synthesizers and immerses her music in the imagery of nature and philosophy. Her new album is Allegories. We talk with Rena Jones and her accomplice on the album, world music artist Jeff Thomas Potts about the global grooves and hidden meanings on Echoes.

Nov 11 2021

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Echoes Podcast: Marissa Nadler and Pink Floyd’s Meddle

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Echoes Podcast: Marissa Nadler's Unsolved Mystery & Pink Floyd's Meddle at 50

In the Echoes Podcast Marissa Nadler & Pink Floyd’s Meddle at 50

We all watched TV during pandemic isolation, but singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler got an album out of it. It’s called The Path of the Clouds and it’s inspired by the Unsolved Mysteries TV show. She turns these tales into personal metaphor about change, love, mysticism and murder. We solve the mystery of Marissa Nadler on Echoes.

It’s Echoes of “Echoes” on Echoes. 50 years ago, Pink Floyd released their album Meddle, which included the side-long opus “Echoes,” from whence the radio show, Echoes, takes its name. Take a quick intro to this influential band and hear all twenty-three minutes and thirty-two second of “Echoes” described in three minutes and twenty seconds.

Oct 28 2021

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Echoes Podcast: Kevin Keller

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Crowd-Sourced Creativity: Kevin Keller-The Echoes Podcast

Ambient Chamber music composer Kevin Keller took the RPM Challenge to record an album in one month. To do it, he enlisted his fans, running a daily blog where he considered their suggestions to create his music. The results are his new album, Shimmer, which, despite all the input, is distinctly Keven Keller. We talk to Kevin Keller about crowd-sourcing music in the Echoes Podcast.
Read the review of Kevin Keller’s Shimmer.
Read the review of Kevin Keller’s Ice Worlds

Oct 21 2021

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Echoes Podcast: Stephan Micus Interview

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Otherworld Music-Stephan Micus: in Echoes Podcast

Before there was a “world music” genre, there was Stephan Micus, playing instruments from Afghanistan to India to Indonesia.  However, ever since his first album, Archaic Concerts, in 1976, the German composer was never making world music, but other-worldly music.  He plays his ethnic instruments in non-traditional ways, multi-tracking them in layered arrangements, creating a usually meditative excursion. He recently released a new album, Winter’s End.  We talk to Stephan Micus about his imaginary world music in the Echoes Podcast..

Oct 14 2021

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Echoes Podcast: Jade Warrior’s 50th

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Jade Warrior-World Fusion Pioneers 50th: The Echoes Interview.

It’s the 50th Anniversary of the greatest unsung band of Progressive Rock, Jade Warrior. Releasing their eponymous debut in 1971, they went on to create a quartet of the most brilliant world fusion albums.

Before Peter Gabriel moved from drum machines to Senegalese drummers, and when Andreas Vollenweider was still doing music for poetry readings, Jade Warrior was orchestrating a world fusion built up from a host of exotic instruments, searing electric guitar and a frightening amount of overdubs.  Initially a power trio with arty pretensions, guitarist Tony Duhig and flutist/percussionist Jon Field reinvented themselves in 1974 with the first of a quartet of albums for Island Records: Floating World, Waves, Kites and Way of The Sun. Back in 1985 we talked to Jade Warrior for the radio series, Totally Wired and it remains one of our favorite and most memorable interviews.  Tony Duhig died five years later in 1990, and despite a few attempts by Field to keep the name going, Jade Warrior effectively stopped, gone and nearly forgotten. That is just wrong.  Find out why in our sound portrait today on Echoes.

The Core Jade Warrior Albums

Jade Warrior
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Last Autumn’s Dream
Floating World
Waves 
Kites 
Way of the Sun
Horizen
At Peace

Oct 07 2021

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Echoes Podcast: Loreena McKennitt

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Loreena McKennitt's The Visit Re-visited in the Echoes Podcast

It was 30 years ago that Loreena McKennitt released her breakthrough album, The Visit. Today we talk to this influential artist who turned Celtic music into world fusion while telling epic tales of “The Lady of Shallott” and “All Souls Night.” The album took the burgeoning Celtic craze of the 80s and launched it into a global fusion behind her eastern inflected arrangements, soaring soprano voice and ancient tales from Celtic realms. Now it’s been released in as The Visit – Definitive Edition with four CDs and a Blu-ray disc. McKennitt looks back on a signature work on Echoes.

Hear Loreena McKennitt’s 14th Icon of Echoes Profile
Hear Loreena McKennitt Talk about Lost Souls

Sep 30 2021

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Echoes Podcast: Will Ackerman, Jeff Oster, Tom Eaton

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Will Ackerman, Jeff Oster & Tom Eaton: The Echoes Interview

Clockwise from top Left: Will Ackerman, John Diliberto, Tom Eaton, Jeff Oster

Guitarist Will Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records, horn player Jeff Oster and multi-instrumentalist Tom Eaton have gotten together on an album that might remind you of the halcyon days of Windham Hill.  It’s called Brothers, reflecting their longtime musical association, but their first ever full-collaboration as a trio. The cover even has the signature look of that label. We talk to the three musicians about new age nostalgia on in the Echoes Podcast.

Hear our profile on Will Ackerman, the 28th Icon of Echoes here See the complete list of the 30 Icons for 30 Years of Echoes.

Sep 23 2021

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Echoes Podcast: Chronotope Project 2021

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Philosophical Electronics: Chronotope Project in Echoes Podcast

Jeffrey Ericson Allen talks about his spacious ambient music under the name Chronotope Project.  A cellist who has added electronics to his work, he tends toward the mystical and cosmic.  His latest album, Gnosis is the Echoes CD of the Month for September.. Allen uses ambient soundscapes to explore themes from Greek Philosophy to the Higgs Field. Join us in the universe of Chronotope Project in the Echoes Podcast..

Sep 16 2021

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Echoes Podcast: Jomoro Percussion Duo

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Jomoro's Percussion Dreams: The Echoes Interview

Mauro Refosco – John Diliberto – Joey Waronker -Zoom

It’s a meeting of electronic and acoustic percussion and ethereal moods with Jomoro. This is the project of percussionists Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco with guest artists including Sharon Van Etten and Lucious. Veterans of artists like David Byrne, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Atoms for Peace and more, they’ve conceived an album that’s like Can meets Tropicália meets the avant-garde on their debut album, Blue Marble Sky. We beat the drums of Jomoro in the Echoes Podcast.

Jul 30 2021

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Echoes Podcast : Robot Koch

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Robot Koch: From Metal to Meditation: The Echoes Podcast

German Composer Robot Koch has gone from death metal to deep ambient chamber music in his career. We follow the course of this inventive artist up through his latest dive into deep ambient music. We’ll talk about his most recent album under his name, the ambient chamber sound of The Next Billion Years, his collaboration with violinist Savannah Jo Lack, Particle Fields and his new release under the guise of Foam and Sand, Full Circle, an album made from tape loops, as in reel-to-reel tape.  Walk the beaches of Robot Koch in the Echoes Podcast from PRX.

Jul 22 2021

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Echoes Podcast: Hybrid and George Winston

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Hybrid and George Winston, the 30th Icon in Echoes Podcast

In the Echoes Podcast we go to the opposite ends of the Echoes spectrum. We’ll hear from the electronica duo, Hybrid and acoustic pianist George Winston, the 30th Icon of Echoes.

Hybrid takes us into the sometimes-dark world of their new album, Black Halo. Formed at the turn of the millennium, the husband-and-wife duo of Charlotte and Mike Truman have been forging an electronica sound hovering at the borders of EDM and dream pop.  Their new album explores themes of politics and fallen angels as well the orange man.

George Winston is the 30th Icon of 30 Icons for 30 years of Echoes.  We have arrived at the final icon of Echoes and the fact that this musician is last on the list just shows you what a heavy list it is, the 30 Icons for 30 Years of Echoes. George Winston is number 30. He helped boost Windham Hill Records into the upper atmosphere. His debut album on the label, Autumn has sold over 3 million copies. We’ll survey the music world of this pianist who brought contemporary instrumental music to popularity in the 1980s with commentary from Peter Kater, Moby, Philip Aaberg and Will Ackerman.
See the complete list of 30 Icons for 30 Years of Echoes.
See 5 Essential George Winston CD
Hear George Winston live in the Echoes Livingroom

Jul 15 2021

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Echoes Podcast: Kitaro-The 29th Icon

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The World of Kitaro, 29th Icon of Echoes in the Echoes Podcast

From the top of Mt. Fuji, the 29th Icon of Echoes, Kitaro, arrives. The Japanese electronic composer has created a stream of otherworldly sounds since the late 1970s. We’ll hear a profile of this artist from his days in The Far East Family Band to his emergence as a solo artist and up through Kojiki and his long-lived career.
See the complete list of 30 Icons for 30 Years of Echoes.
Here Kitaro playing live on Echoes from 2001 here.

Kitaro and John Diliberto: Kitaro’s studio, Boulder, 1997/Kitaro, Keiko and John Diliberto, John’s living room, 2001

Jul 08 2021

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Echoes Podcast: Will Ackerman Icon and Jon Hassell

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Will Ackerman-28th Icon of Echoes and Jon Hassell Remembered.

It’s hard to separate the guitarist Will Ackerman from the record label he founded, Windham Hill Records. We’ll hear a profile of this influential artist who released his first album, In Search of the Turtle’s Navel in 1976.  We’ll hear about the creation of Windham Hill, his influential approach to the guitar and listen to some of the music he’s created and fostered. Will Ackerman, the 28th Icon of Echoes.

Hear Will Ackerman performing live on Echoes from 2005 here.

Then we remember Jon Hassell, the brilliant, innovative trumpet player who brought a new sound to the instrument and created an entirely new genre of music with his Fourth World concept. He passed on June 26 at age 84.  He collaborated with Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, David Sylvian and many more, while releasing some 20 albums that were like transmissions from a 21st century global village.  We’ll hear a feature on Jon.

Jul 01 2021

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Echoes Podcast: Sunroof & Hammock, 27th Icons

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Echoes Podcast: Sunroof with Daniel Miller & Gareth Jones and Hammock, the 27th Icons of Echoes.

Daniel Miller ignited electronic pop with The Normal and launched the careers of Depeche Mode who were produced by Gareth Jones. There might not be electronic pop without them.  But when they get together in a new electronic project called Sunroof,  they explore the outer edges of electronic music in free, modular improvisations.  It’s a trip through electronic history into a possible future when we talk to Sunroof on Echoes.

Hammock swing in as the 27th Icons of Echoes. Both Sigur Ros and Ricky Gervais are fans and they are only one of four Icons who started their career in the 21st century. This band has defined both ambient guitar and ambient chamber music over the last two decades. We’ll hear an extended profile of this influential and powerful duo.

Hear Hammock’s Echoes Concert Streaming here.

Review of Raising Your Voice, Trying to Stop an Echo, January 2007 CD of the Month

Review of Chasing After Shadows, Living With the Ghosts, May 2010 CD of the Month

Review of Departure Songs, December 2012 CD of the Month

Review of Oblivion Hymns, January 2014 CD of the Month

Review of Everything and Nothing May 2016 CD of the Month

Review of Universalis, December 2018 CD of the Month

Jun 24 2021

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Echoes Podcast: The Mastelottos

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The Mastelotto's Romantic Guide to King Crimson in Echoes Podcast: The Echoes Interview

The Mastelottos,  is the couple of King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto and his wife, singer Deborah. They have an album with what might seem an oxymoronic title, A Romantic’s Guide to King Crimson. King Crimson? Romantic? But there’s more to than that as they transform music from this iconic and heavy progressive rock band turning them into sultry torch songs and wistful ruminations.

Jun 17 2021

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Echoes Podcast: Agnes Obel, 25th Icon & Xylem

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Echoes Podcast: Agnes Obel, the 25th Icon of Echoes and Emancipator, Rena Jones and Flowerpulse

Emancipator, Rena Jones, and Flowerpulse weave their electronic roots together into the ambient excursion of Xylem, their debut album. Emancipator has been featured heavily on the show with his gritty electronic sound, while Rena Jones is an old favorite who mixes electronics with her cello and violin. Flowerpulse is her husband (Marc Sciglimpaglia) and he’s a solo electronic artist and guitarist as well. They converge on music drawn from nature, with sounds recorded in the wilds of Oregon and electronically transformed into their organic mulch. We go to the garden with three electronic explorers in the Echoes Podcast..

Singer and composer Agnes Obel creates a sound that is both introspective and incandescent. She seduced us with her debut album, Philharmonics and has thoroughly enchanted us with each succeeding album, three of which were Echoes CD of the Month picks (see reviews below) and two were the number one album of the year. She is the 25th Icon of Echoes and among the 30 Icons, she is one of only four to have begun their career in the 21st Century. We’ll hear an extended portrait this amazing artist, who creates a deep, chamber pop sound. Join us with Agnes Obel, the 25th Icon of Echoes.
Read our review of Philharmonics
Read our review of Citizen of Glass
Read our review of Myopia

See our complete list of The 30 Icons of Echoes.

Jun 10 2021

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Echoes Podcast: Gary Numan Interview

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Gary Numan and Earth's Revenge: The Echoes Interview

Gary Numan paints a dystopian nightmare where earth takes revenge for a civilization that has fostered environmental and military catastrophe. Musically, his new album, Intruder, it’s a long way from his hit single, “Cars,” but listen close and lyrically it’s not.  We ponder the apocalypse with Gary Numan in the Echoes Podcast.

May 27 2021

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Echoes Podcast: Sufjan Stevens, Mythos, Patrick O’Hearn

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Sufjan Steven's Meditations; Mythos at XXV and Patrick O'Hearn, the 22nd Icon in the Echoes Podcast

It’s a packed Echoes Podcast that begins with Sufjan Stevens going ambient, accesses the 25-year history of Mythos and ends with the 22nd Icon of Echoes, Patrick O’Hearn

First up in the podcast will be idiosyncratic folk-rocker Sufjan Stevens who shuts up and plays his synthesizers.  His songs are great, but he also has an electronic instrumental side. He’s just released a five volume set of deeply ambient compositions called Convocations. It’s partly a response to deaths in the family and the pandemic.

Then it’s the Canadian band Mythos (as opposed to the German space music band Mythos), who celebrate their 25th Anniversary in 2021 with a collection of music from their quarter century and new songs called XXV. Founders Bob D’Eith, now a member of Canada’s Parliament, and guitarist Paul Schmidt talk about their chilled instrumental sound going back to their 1996 debut, Introspection. It’s the saga of Mythos.

Finally, we end strong with the 22nd Icon, Patrick O’Hearn.  He came to renown with Frank Zappa, was a pop star in Missing Persons, then beginning in 1985 started crafting the most personal electronic music on a string of albums that began with Ancient Dreams. We profile Patrick O’Hearn as the 22nd Icon of Echoes.

See our complete list of The 30 Icons for 30 Years of Echoes

Check out 5 Essential Patrick O’Hearn Albums.

May 20 2021

38mins

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Echoes Podcast: Jess Lamb & the Factory

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Jess Lamb & The Factory: Manufacturing a Soulful Dreampop

In the Echoes Podcast, Jess Lamb and the Factory take us into their album of spiritual search and identity. And then there’s American Idol. They are a Cincinnati band fronted by singer Jess Lamb and includes Warren Harrison from the duo Hungry Lucy. They’ve created a deep spiritual meditation partly shaped by Pandemic called You Are that is steeped in biblical imagery, gospel like hymns and ambient moods.

May 14 2021

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Soul Satisfied!

By ErictheTaylor - Jun 26 2019
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Some of the most adventurous and rewarding recordings gathered meticulously for mental consumption!! Great way to travel!!😍

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Trying to download, but the casts are all grey, no access?