In light of recent exciting news, I've made a quick jump back here to let you guys hear something.
Jonny Greenwood, multi-instrumentalist of Radiohead fame is doing some insane things. Here are the wikifacts:
"Jonathan "Jonny" Richard Guy Greenwood (born November 5, 1971 in Oxford, England) is a musician and a member of Radiohead. Greenwood is also a multi-instrumentalist and often serves as the band's lead guitarist. In addition to guitar he also plays: viola, organ, piano, xylophone, glockenspiel, ondes martenot, banjo and harmonica."
He also happens to be an amazing composer (he's undoubtedly solely responsible for Pyramid Song, How To Disappear Completely, and pretty much any other Radiohead song with lilting strings and layered chords).
"Jonny Greenwood was hired by the BBC as its composer in residence in May 2004, a job which gave him the opportunity to compose several pieces for classical orchestra, piano and/or Ondes Martenot: Smear, Piano for Children and Popcorn Superhet Receiver. Smear premiered in 2004, and on 23 April 2005 Greenwood premiered his new work commissioned by BBC Radio 3, with music performed live by the BBC Concert Orchestra in London."
"Greenwood also was recently nominated for the BBC British Composer Awards, for his piece, "Popcorn Superhet Receiver". The piece was inspired by radio static and the extended, dissonant chords of Polish Composer Penderecki's Threnody for the victims of Hiroshima."
It should be no surprise to anyone that the winner of the 2006 Listeners' Award is Jonny Greenwood, who receives £10,000 from the PRS Foundation towards a commission for a new orchestral work.
Here is an excellent story by Robert Sandall of The Daily Telegraph. (I highly recommend reading this article)
Don't fret though, Jonny isn't going anywhere.
As quoted in The Daily Telegraph, "Despite all this extra-curricular activity, Greenwood is still "100 per cent committed to Radiohead" and says that the solitary work of composition is "nowhere near as much fun as being in a band". And he is particularly anxious to get Thom Yorke's feedback to his first BBC piece. "I'm planning to play it to him as soon as I see him." And if Yorke says he doesn't like it? "I'll believe him! He won't though. He'll find what's good about it
and highlight that.""
Thanks to lenniebudgell.com for posting Jonny Greenwood's piece Popcorn Superhet Reciever. The recording is off of the October 10, 2006 Radio 3 Broadcast, so the quality isn't perfect.
Jonny Greenwood -Popcorn Superhet Reciever - First UK Performance: 23 April 2005: BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Robert Ziegler