John Luther Adams

10/3/2014, 8:27:21 PM , duration(0:0:1)
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<p>What's the soundtrack for the end of the world? We go looking for an answer.</p> <p>When Jad started to compose music for <a href="http://www.radiolab.org/live/">our live show Apocalyptical</a>, he immediately thought of John Luther Adams. <a href="http://cantaloupemusic.com/albums/become-ocean">Adams' symphony “Become Ocean</a>,” rooted in the sounds of nature, is elemental, tectonic, and unstoppable. It seemed a natural fit for our consideration of the (spoiler alert) extinction of the dinosaurs.</p> <p>In this piece, Jad introduces Robert to a special on Adams from a podcast called <a href="http://www.wqxr.org/programs/meet-composer/">Meet the Composer</a>. Through interviews and snippets of his music, it captures all the forces at play in Adam's work and reveals the dark majesty of Adams' take on the apocalypse.</p>