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Animals
4:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Recordings That Made Waves: The Songs That Saved The Whales

By the 1960s, humpback whales and other whale species had been hunted extensively, sometimes to the point of near extinction. Then a recording of humpback whale songs helped shift public opinion on the hunting of all whale species.
Luis Robayo AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 6:22 pm

In the mid-20th century, whale populations were dwindling. More than 50,000 whales were killed each year by commercial whalers.

But then in the 1960s, a song — or rather, many songs — sparked a movement.

It started with some underwater equipment that, for the first time, captured the sound of humpback whales.

Composer-Poets

At his home in Vermont, biologist Roger Payne plays the audio that was discovered back then. He points out themes in the whales' song, and how they evolve over time.

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Music Interviews
4:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

A Week With Musical Storytellers Of The Silver Screen

"Canadian culture is so new and almost nonexistent that it's easy for us to see through the eyes of other nations," says Mychael Danna of his scores. Danna won the 2013 Academy Award for his score for Life of Pi.
20th Century Fox

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 7:35 pm

This week on All Things Considered, NPR's Robert Siegel spoke with some of film's most thoughtful and high-profile composers — plus an up-and-comer — about what it means to tell a story with music, and how a score can enhance a scene.

We've collected five conversations that you can listen to below. You'll hear about the magic of the Wizard of Oz score, how 5/4 time inspired Halloween's terrifying theme, and why a Canadian says he's become to the go-to composer for films requiring South Asian-inspired soundtracks.

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World Cafe
9:45 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Over The Rhine On World Cafe

Over the Rhine.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 12:17 pm

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Music
12:05 am
Fri December 26, 2014

On the Next Galactic Travels 2015-01-01

On the next Galactic travels...
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long Special Focus on Neuronium begins.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be "Etykagnostyka" on Neuronium Records.

The previous show's playlist (show #925) is available for your inspection.

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Music
12:05 am
Fri December 26, 2014

The Special Focus for January, 2015.

The Special Focus for January, 2015.
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

On Galactic Travels, the Special Focus for January is Neuronium.  Formed as a group in 1976, Neuronium has been the solo project of Michel Huygen since 1982 with the occasional collaboration.  "Quasar 2C361,"  the first Neuronium album, was issued in 1978 on EMI-Harvest.  There are now over forty albums.

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Music News
5:25 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Committed's 'Home For Christmas' Has Fun Songs And Some Classics

Originally published on Thu December 25, 2014 7:00 am

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Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

As always, we have a lot of news to cover today. But on this holiday, we thought it was worth devoting a good bit of time to some Christmas music.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS")

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NPR Story
4:52 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Barry Manilow: I Jump At The Chance To Do A Christmas Album

Originally published on Thu December 25, 2014 7:00 am

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Music Interviews
5:09 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Director John Carpenter On The Sound Of A Terrifying Film

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 11:12 am

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Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

All this week, we're hearing about the music behind the movies.

(SOUNDBITE OF VARIOUS MOVIE THEME SONGS)

SIEGEL: We've been hearing from composers across the genres. And today, we add screams.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "HALLOWEEN")

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Favorite Sessions
4:43 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

KCRW Presents: TV On The Radio

TV On The Radio perform live for KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Ethan Shvartzman KCRW

TV On The Radio waited a few years between album releases, and with their last record, Seeds, it's clear that the group has returned energized and inspired. At an intimate show in Santa Monica, Calif. for KCRW's Apogee Sessions, the Brooklyn-based band rolled through new songs with influences from punk to dance, all with precise harmonies and intricately layered production. Check out the album's first single, "Happy Idiot," live from KCRW.

SET LIST

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Around the Nation
4:42 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

'Crabs For Christmas': A Tuneful Baltimore Tradition (Really!)

Every year, David DeBoy and The Hons (Wendy Savelle, center, and Karen Fitze) perform a live — and often sold-out — show in the upstairs cabaret of a Baltimore restaurant.
Courtesy of David DeBoy

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 5:09 pm

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