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A Rainbow in Curved Air

2 hours
First broadcast:
Sunday 01 April 2012

Freakmaster General Maconie presents 120 minutes of not-normal songs that range from desolate and challenging to shiny and beautiful. Expect lush soundscapes, banging beats, angular guitars and tender instrumentals - all within minutes of each other and presided over with fathomless knowledge by your gracious host.

This week Terry Riley's A Rainbow In Curved Air gets the featured album treatment. The follow up to his break-through piece In C, A Rainbow In Curved Air moved minimalism from the classical concert hall to the grungy rock venue. Featuring Riley's virtuoso keyboard technique, tape looping and adventurous time signatures the 20 minute composition concentrates on just one chord, (the Amaj7) with unbelievable variety.

Music Played

21 items
  • Image for Think

    Think Once You Understand

    Big Tree Records

  • Image for Brock Berrigan

    Brock Berrigan Water Of Life

    Self Released

  • Image for Terry Riley

    Terry Riley A Rainbow In Curved Air - Part 1

    Esoteric Recordings

  • Image for The Voodoo Trombone Band

    The Voodoo Trombone Band Easy To Learn

    Freshly Squeezed

  • Image for William D. Drake

    William D. Drake Super Alter

    Onomatopoeia Records

  • Image for David Cain

    David Cain November

    Trunk Records

  • Image for John Abercrombie

    John Abercrombie Prelude


  • Image for CAN

    CAN Turtles Have Short Legs


  • Image for Terry Riley

    Terry Riley A Rainbow In Curved Air - Part 2

    Esoteric Recordings

  • Image for Battles

    Battles Atlas


  • Image for Will Oldham

    Will Oldham Am I Demon (Danzig Cover)

    Drag City

  • Image for Tape

    Tape Mystery Mutiny


  • Image for David A. Jaycock

    David A. Jaycock Zither Song

    Red Deer Club

  • Image for Caravan

    Caravan Winter Wine

    Pink Elephant

  • Image for Robag Wruhme

    Robag Wruhme Wupp Dek

    pampa records

  • Image for Terry Riley

    Terry Riley Poppy No Good and the Phantom Band

    Esoteric Records

  • Image for Françoise Hardy

    Françoise Hardy Only Friends

    Pye Records

  • Image for Warm Digits & Field Music

    Warm Digits & Field Music Elements Of The Sun (BBC Session Track)

  • Image for Terry Riley

    Terry Riley A Rainbow In Curved Air - Part 3

    Esoteric Recordings

  • Image for Mr. Fox

    Mr. Fox All The Good Times

    Transatlantic Records

  • Image for Central Unit

    Central Unit Saturday Night

    Spittle Records


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