Instruments http://nhpr.org en 6.07.14: The Power of Music http://nhpr.org/post/60714-power-music <p>Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s nothing quite as divisive as the movie musical. Word of Mouth goes behind the glimmering façades and dance numbers to examine how movie musicals reflect American culture. Then, a conversation and in-studio performance from David Kontak, a New Hampshire musician who makes instruments out of found objects. Plus, Sean Hurley shares the story of a band that deliberately created the world's most endangered song.</p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:42:03 +0000 Word of Mouth 49805 at http://nhpr.org 6.07.14: The Power of Music 5.29.14: Movie Musicals And David Kontak, Live From Studio D http://nhpr.org/post/52914-movie-musicals-and-david-kontak-live-studio-d <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s nothing quite as divisive as the movie musical. We go behind the glimmering </span>façades<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and dance numbers to examine how movie musicals reflect American culture. Then, a conversation and in-studio performance from David </span>Kontak<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a New Hampshire musician who makes instruments out of found objects. Plus, Sean Hurley shares the story of a band that deliberately created the world's most endangered song.</span></p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 16:20:31 +0000 Word of Mouth 49370 at http://nhpr.org 5.29.14: Movie Musicals And David Kontak, Live From Studio D I've Gotta Have More Cowbell! A History Of The Humble Instrument http://nhpr.org/post/ive-gotta-have-more-cowbell-history-humble-instrument <p>One of comedian Will Ferrell’s most memorable Saturday Night Live characters was musician Gene Frenkle, the belly shirted cowbell player from the ‘70s rock band, Blue Ӧyster Cult. His cowbell playing was intoxicating and hilarious and prompted this now quotable line: "I got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell."</p><p>That line, delivered by Christopher Walken, catapulted onto t- shirts and bumper stickers, and helped put the instrument designed for agriculture into the mainstream musical spotlight. But where did cowbell come from? And how did it migrate from the farm to the recording studio? Chicago based journalist <strong>Lori Rotenberk</strong> &nbsp;wrote an article for <em>Modern Farmer</em> called “<a href="http://modernfarmer.com/2013/10/cowbells/" target="_blank">More Cowbell: From Herdsman’s Tool to Cultural Icon.</a>”</p><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:25:54 +0000 Virginia Prescott 37325 at http://nhpr.org I've Gotta Have More Cowbell! A History Of The Humble Instrument Making Music Out Of Everything...Even An Intercom http://nhpr.org/post/making-music-out-everythingeven-intercom <p><strong>Ranjit Bhatnagar</strong> is no stranger to cool projects...he's made <a href="http://pentametron.com/">iambic pentameter from tweets</a>, and is <a href="http://moonmilk.com/">creating a bunch of instruments</a> out of unexpected items, like a robo- toy piano.&nbsp; Now, <a href="http://moonmilk.com/about/">the sound artist</a> can add one more feather to his cap...coming on our show.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:18:06 +0000 Virginia Prescott 22284 at http://nhpr.org Making Music Out Of Everything...Even An Intercom