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Olafur Arnalds - re:member on NPR: all songs considered

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On this episode, a couple of remarkable new discoveries for co-host Robin Hilton: the summery, early-'70s psych-pop of Whyte Horses and the transfixing voice and carefree pop of Dallas native Caleb Campbell, who writes and records as Ari Roar. Host Bob Boilen shares the band Khruangbin and the trio's mostly instrumental songs that are both genre and mind-bending. Bob's also got a heart-rending story-song from Canadian Inuk singer Beatrice Deer and a gorgeous - and curious - piano piece from Iceland's Ólafur Arnalds.

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds performs this piano piece with the help of newly developed music software. The software, called Stratus, takes his performance on one piano and, in real-time, creates a performance on two other pianos, which he then reacts to. It leads him down musical paths he likely would never have explored.

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