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Thom Yorke and Edward Norton in New York

Elizabeth Alker with her pick of the latest new releases and previews of genre-defying music.

New York, New York, is where Unclassified is heading this week. As Radio 3 continues its season ‘The Way I See It’, celebrating the reopening of MOMA, Elizabeth Alker heads to the Big Apple to investigate New York’s contemporary music scene. This episode also features interviews with Thom Yorke and Edward Norton. They discuss the music for Norton’s new film Motherless Brooklyn, which is set in 1950s New York. Thom Yorke contributes a new ballad called Daily Battles to the soundtrack.

Elizabeth also speaks to New York Times music writer Giovanni Russonello who gives her some top tips of new acts to see and venues to visit in New York. And this episode has an exclusive first play of new music by Julianna Barwick which is inspired by the sky above Manhattan.

We also hear experimental saxophone music by Lea Bertucci, created using resonances in the Marine A Grain Elevator at Silo City in Buffalo. Daniel Wohl and Caroline Shaw represent New Amsterdam Records and Christopher Tignor takes inspiration from La Monte Young.

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Music Played

  • Nico Muhly

    Howards End (opening)

  • Daniel Wohl


    • Nonesuch.
  • Caroline Shaw

    Plan & Elevation III: The herbaceous border

    Ensemble: Attacca Quartet.
    • Orange.
    • Nonesuch Records.
    • 5.
  • Daniel Pemberton

    Sharp on the Line (from Motherless Brooklyn)

    • WaterTower Music.
  • Thom Yorke

    Daily Battles (Wynton Marsalis version)

    Performer: Wynton Marsalis. Performer: Joe Farnsworth.
    • WaterTower Music.
  • Thom Yorke

    Daily Battles

    • WaterTower Music.
  • Lea Bertucci

    Wind Piece

    • NNA Tapes.
  • Christopher Tignor

    A Mirrored Reliquary

  • Angélica Negrón

    Bob & Miguel / End Credits (from the soundtrack for Memories of a Penitent Heart)

    • Good Child Music.
  • Sylvie Courvoiser, Ikue Mori & Lotte Anker

    Great White Heron

    • Intakt.
  • L'Rain

    Alive and a Wake

    • Astro Nautico.
  • Qasim Naqvi


    • NNA Tapes.
  • Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder

    There is Always One You Follow

    • Human Resource Records/Aaron Shragge Music.
  • Julianna Barwick

    Morning / Noon

    • RVNG Intl.


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