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Underwater Airport is all about sound and spirit, so it is only appropriate that our first blog post should pay tribute to an amazing, long-running radio program on Boston's WGBH called Sound & Spirit.
Host Ellen Kushner masterfully weaves together music with cultural and historical insights, producing one delightful program after another. I recently was driving and listening to NPR (as usual) and heard some of her Gamelan program.
You can hear this, and many other wonderful archived shows, at the Sound & Spirit website.
The Gamelan program has peaked my interest in the Canadian composer Colin McPhee, who traveled to Bali in the 1930s, and produced some fantastic music incorporating Gamelan sounds.