October 13, 2006

Allegra D Lunch: Johnny Greenwood's "Popcorn Superhet Receiver"

Jonny GreenwoodNME here points to the Beeb, which is hosting a recent classical composition of Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, BBC's current composer in residence. The eighteen-minute-plus piece "Popcorn Superhet Receiver," which was premiered in April 2005, opens to quiet tufts of strings sliding across harmony and discord. About midway through percussion asserts itself, and the tune takes on the dramatic vibe of an action film score. No surprise, really. Fans of the Radiohead guitarist/instrumentalist will recall Greenwood issued a solo debut, the score to the documentary "Bodysong," in 2003. Stream "Popcorn Superhet Receiver" here [scroll down]. We, in our prescription allergy-medicated state, rather enjoyed it.

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