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Ted Gordon

Ted Gordon is a musician, writer, and photographer living in Brooklyn, NY. Since 2009, he has worked to promote contemporary experimental and
avant-garde composers at Schott Music Corporation. He maintains a blog, tbon.tumblr.com and a website tedgordon.net, and DJs throughout New York. He graduated in 2008 from Yale University, where he studied musicology.

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Improvisions

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12 Episodes

A show dedicated to the ephemeral: improvised music throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly the outer edges of the spectrum. Visions--spectral, cosmic, worldly and solitary--provide the musical inspiration for so many musicians.

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A Clocktower in-studio live set by Pearl Necklace, a project of Bryce Hackford and Frank Gilbert Lyon II performing "post-contemporary" music on synthesizers, drum machines, samplers, and other electronics. Plus an interview hosted by Ted Gordon.

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Drone

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While not strictly improvised, the drone music in this episode draws the listener to the grey area between composition and improvisation, where perception and intention approach a liminal barrier beyond which lies an ecstatic, meditative aural event.

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New York Noise

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New York is a noisy place. This episode is focuses on noisy music that reflects that world: a kind of one-to-one exchange, with a focus on the universe of musicians surrounding John Zorn, including Zorn himself, and numerous collaborators.

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Big Bands

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This show features “Big Bands” of improvisers from across the boundaries of genre, time, and place; including the Taj Mahal Travelers, the Promenade Theatre Orchestra, Horace Tapscott and the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, Sun Ra, AMM, and more.

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"Free" Improvisation

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Musical freedom can mean freedom from rules, limits, structure, tonality or rhythm. But, it can also mean freedom from an economic and legal system that stifles innovation. WFMU's Free Music Archive is the source for these legally free tracks.

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The Joy of Influence

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While Harold Bloom proposed the anxiety of influence in the field of poetry, this episode considers the role of influence in improvised music, with Cecil Taylor, John Oswald, Anthony Braxton, Naked City, Sun Ra, John Fahey, Bill Frisell, and more.

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Action/Reaction

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A look at improvisations that result from performers reacting to something - a set of instructions, a sound, a feeling, a genre - to form pieces of music that blurs the edges between improv and composition, with David Behrman, Robert Ashley, others.

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Free Japan

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A sampling of the influential cross-cultural current of avant-garde music in Japan in the early 70s, when it erupted, with tracks by Toshi Ichiyanagi, Takehisa Kosugi, Masayuki "Jojo" Takayanagi, Keiji Haino, Kaoru Abe, Yamataka Eye, and may others.

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Jams

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The "jam" is an emergent, instant, singular phenomenon. Here we have examples from Krzystof Penderecki, Masayugi "Jojo" Takayanagi, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Don Cherry, Peter Brötzmann/Fred van Hove/Han Bennick, Werner Lüdi Sunnymoon and more.

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Worlds Collide

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This episode looks at the collision/fusion/embrace between American Jazz and the established musical traditions of India and Africa. We’ll hear from Alice Coltrane, Don Cherry, Kadri Gopalnath, Shankar Jaikishan, Archie Shepp and more!

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Free Energy

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This show focuses on musicians who harness the energy of the world to use it for wild, ecstatic, electrifying improvisation-- both by themselves and with others. With tracks by John Fahey, John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Sun Ra, Yamashita Yosuke, others.

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Root Strata

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This episode focuses on American jazz in the late 1960s and early 1970s, a defining period in jazz history. We hear from Pharoah Sanders, Ornette Coleman and John Cale & Terry Riley and more.

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