The Kronos Quartet came to Long Beach, California's Carpenter Performing Arts Center in March to perform Sun Rings, the awe-inspiring composition by minimalist pioneer Terry Riley. Mat Kaplan moderated a fascinating conversation with the musicians and Bob Cole Conservatory of Music composer and faculty member Alan Shockley. This week's show presents excerpts of that conversation, along with samples of Sun Rings, and planetary scientist Don Gurnett's space sounds that inspired and are integrated with it. Bill Nye reports from Washington D.C., while Emily shows us a huge new Chinese lunar lander.
Listen to the complete conversation with the Kronos Quartet and Alan Shockley here: