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Frank Lyon & Bryce Hackford, Pearl Necklace

This episode of Improvisions features a live, improvised set by Pearl Necklace, a project consisting of Bryce Hackford and Frank Gilbert Lyon II performing "post-contemporary" music on synthesizers, drum machines, samplers, and other electronics. Their music borrows tropes from electronica, house music, and field recordings, and synthesizes them into long-form improvisations. Host Ted Gordon sits down with them and talks about their influences, their thoughts on memory, sampling, dance music, and much more.




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, and improvisation has proved an excellent means of communication. This show will draw on several musical traditions, including Jazz, Western composition, and others from around the world to explore how improvisation functions, communicates, and generally kicks ass.