Iowa Music

Unexpected Iowa
4:50 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

World Class Instrument Builders Locate in Iowa

Doug Lawrence, a featured solosit in the Count Basie Orchestra, playing a TM Custom, made in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Courtesy of Tenor Madness

Iowa’s music scene is known for names like Glenn Miller, Slipknot, and Greg Brown, but we don’t often don’t think of the people who make their careers possible: the instrument builders.

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Unexpected Iowa
4:31 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Electronica's Roots: the First Digital Synthesizer Built on Iowa Campus

a telharmonium constructed by Iowan Thaddeus Cahill
Wikimedia Commons

If you’re a fan of electronica, you’ve got several Iowans to thank.

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News Buzz
3:34 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

A Wind Turbine Waltz

Bates used Iowa windmills and PVC pipes to fashion his own version of "Blue Danube."
Daniel Arnold Wikimedia Commons

Will Bates doesn’t understand how people dislike the noise of wind turbines. It’s music to his ears—literally.

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News Buzz
2:16 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

The 'Colbert Bump' for an Iowan

Lake Street Dive bassist and native Iowan Bridget Kearney appeared with her band on the 'Colbert Report' this week.  She says that the bump in attention after the appearance was immediate and significant. 'River to River' host Ben Kieffer talks with Kearney in this final segment of a 'News Buzz' edition of the program.

And here is the video of their appearance on the Colbert Report:

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Studio One
7:45 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Mason Jennings Talks About His New Record 'Always Been'

Mason Jennings talks about his new record, called "Always Been," in IPR's Des Moines studios.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR

Minnesota Singer/Songwriter Mason Jennings has been performing for almost two decades. Over the years he's recorded for record labels run by Jack Johnson and Isaac Brock of the band Modest Mouse. For his latest record, called "Always Been," Jennings recruited Iowa music veteran Bo Ramsey to produce. Jennings stopped by IPR earlier this fall to talk to Clay Masters about his new record. "Always Been" is this week's "CD of the Week" on Studio One.  

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