DJ Spooky Launches Gwarlingo Salon with The Imaginary App

By |04.09.15|


On August 5, 2008 a new app called I Am Rich appeared in Apple’s App Store. The app, created by Armin Heinrich, cost $999.99 and was a “work of art with no hidden function at all.” Instead, the app’s icon, […]

Sylvan Esso: “Collaboration Should Make you Aware of your Own Strengths and Weaknesses”

By |02.15.15|

Here in Harrisville, New Hampshire, our general store is the center of community life—where locals go for a cup of coffee, to buy eggs, or to learn if the next Nor’easter will leave six or eighteen inches of snow. Occasionally, […]

Sonic Boom: Ted Apel & a New Generation of Artists Explore the Art of Sound

By |04.02.14|

A New Prize in Sound Art
“I feel that the genre of sound art itself might be limiting sound art’s potential,” says artist Ted Apel. “Many sound art shows have the theme of ‘Sound Art.’ Imagine a show of visual art with […]

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Patti Smith’s Advice to Artists: We’re Pioneers in a New Time

By |11.13.13|


“In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth.”

These are the words of rock legend and National-Book-Award winner Patti Smith.  The advice is reminiscent Madame Bovary author Gustave Flaubert: “Be steady and […]

Sounds Like a Masterpiece: The 1st Contemporary Artwork at the Cloisters

By |10.27.13|


Janet Cardiff’s sound installation The Forty Part Motet, currently on view at the Cloisters in New York City through December 8th, is a rarity—a revelatory work of art that can inspire busy museum-goers to stop, listen deeply, and even […]

Solid Sound 2013: Wilco’s Music & Art Festival

By |07.01.13|


Last weekend around 8,000 festival-goers gathered at Mass MoCA under the supermoon to participate in Wilco’s sold-out Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, Massachusetts. Attendees come from 43 states and 18 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Argentina, Uruguay, Denmark, […]

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Sonic Artist Bruce Odland: Money Makes Noise, A Water Tank Creates Art

By |03.21.13|



Is there a connection between noise and money?  Which sounds are healing to us as humans, and which are damaging? And what does an abandoned water tank in Colorado have in common with the Taj Mahal or a Gothic cathedral?

These […]

Envisioning the Future with Yo La Tengo, R. Buckminster Fuller, & Sam Green

By |01.23.13|



“I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing—a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process—an integral function of the […]

192 Pieces of Music for 192 Countries in 192 Days in Honor of the United Nations

By |10.24.12|



This drawing may look like a maze or an artist’s sketch, but it’s actually a musical score created by Emmy-award-winning composer Steve Heitzeg.

A few years ago pianist Teresa McCollough received a surprise gift in the mail from Heitzeg: 192 scores […]

Art On the Radar : Gwarlingo’s Don’t-Miss List for September

By |09.14.12|


The invitations, event notices, emails, and review copies are pouring in. The fall arts season has officially arrived. If only I could clone myself, then perhaps, I’d have a chance of catching even a handful of these concerts, openings, and […]

Christian Marclay’s The Clock: Does the 24-Hour Artwork Live Up to the Hype?

By |07.27.12|



(NOTE: This review is from the summer of 2012. Marclay’s The Clock is on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City through January 21, 2013, with a special 24-hour screening on New Year’s Eve. For more […]

Why Kitty Wells Matters

By |07.17.12|



Country music legend Kitty Wells died Monday at her home in Madison, Tennessee, after suffering complications from a stroke. She was 92.

The music of Kitty Wells and other country artists played frequently on the turntable in our Georgia house. My grandmother, […]

The Thing in the Spring Festival Returns with Nina Nastasia, Jem Cohen & More

By |05.28.12|


If you’re in the New England area on June 8th, 9th, or 10th, you’ll want to check out the Thing in the Spring art and music festival in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Gwarlingo is proud to be the media sponsor for this […]

Not Your Average Flash Mob: The Copenhagen Phil Plays the Metro

By |05.25.12|


The best link in this morning’s Twitter feed came from Christopher Jobson over at Colossal.

Last month the Copenhagen Philharmonic pulled off an audacious stunt—performing Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt on a crowded, moving metro train for unsuspecting passengers. The flash mob was created […]

Soo Sunny Park & Spencer Topel Transform a Chain-Link Fence into Art

By |03.30.12|


On my recent visit to the deCordova Museum, one of the artworks I found most compelling was “Capturing Resonance” by sculptor Soo Sunny Park and composer Spencer Topel.

Park, who was born in Seoul, Korea, currently lives […]

Gwarlingo’s Don’t-Miss List: Missy Mazzoli, Olive Ayhens, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, & More

By |02.24.12|

As spring approaches I suddenly find myself inundated with invitations to concerts, readings, and exhibits. It appears that our winter hibernation is finally coming to an end.

Here is a small sampling of some of the events I’m planning to attend, […]

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Sibylle Baier’s Colour Green: An Accidental Classic

By |02.17.12|


One of my favorite discoveries this winter was the German singer Sibylle Baier. The story of how her wonderful record, Colour Green, came to be is as interesting as the music itself.

She grew up in Germany in the […]

Brittany Howard & The Alabama Shakes: From Postal Worker To Powerhouse

By |02.06.12|



One of the albums I’m most anticipating this spring is Boys and Girls, the first full-length record from the garage-soul band the Alabama Shakes.

Brittany Howard’s soulful, sandpaper voice channels the likes of Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, and Aretha […]

The Gwarlingo Index: 2011’s Most Memorable Experiences in the Arts

By |01.05.12|

It’s the New Year, which means it’s time for lofty resolutions and the annual onslaught of “best of” lists.

Here at Gwarlingo, I thought I’d provide readers with a new twist on the traditional “Best of 2011” list.

I asked an array of artists, […]

Peter Wyer’s New Opera Dramatizes One Tibetan Woman’s Journey to Freedom

By |12.02.11|


“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”

This line from Victor Hugo came to mind the first time I heard the incredible story of Tibetan nun Ngawang Sangdrol.

At age 14 Sangdrol was […]

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Can Christmas Music Ever Be Cool? The Real Reason Dylan Made the Critics Squirm

By |12.01.11|

It’s time to discuss a topic more divisive than religion, more inflammatory than right versus left or the 99% versus the 1%. A topic that will either make your eyes twinkle or your blood boil.

Christmas music.

There are two distinct camps […]

  • Composer Steve Reich with reel to reel tape recorders

The Sound of Four Hands Clapping: Steve Reich Performs “Clapping Music”

By |11.04.11|

Earlier this month composer Steve Reich turned 75. Over the past few decades Reich has gone from being a musical outsider to winning the Pulitzer Prize for his 2009 Double Sextet.

In the early days of his career, Reich drove a […]

Filmmaker Bill Morrison: Exhuming the Forgotten

By |10.30.11|

One of my favorite filmmakers working today is Bill Morrison. There aren’t many directors whose work compels me to see every film they make, but Morrison is one of those rare artists I’ve enjoyed following closely through the years. His […]

Antti Paalanen: Breathbox

By |10.16.11|

I recently came across this hypnotic piece of music by Finnish musician Antti Paalanen. Paalanen is a composer and a master of the diatonic accordion.

Accordions are made in a range of different configurations and styles. Diatonic button accordions are bisonoric, […]

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187 Mega-Hits by the 12-Tone Masters

By |10.15.11|

I don’t often post satirical videos, but thanks to Gwarlingo reader Elly Weiss, I had the pleasure of watching this hilarious “commercial” for the “all-time greatest hits by the beloved twelve-tone masters” this morning and wanted to pass it along.

The […]

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