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Gideon Wolf – Year Zero

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Year Zero is Gideon Wolf’s 4th album since 2012. It’s a solo album, in a way, but it could not have come to life without the contributions of a small ensemble of artists that played improvisations or ‘incoherent and strange phrases/notes’ that were later reassembled into the resulting pieces.

Working the other way around – composing pieces from instantaneous improvisations and a collection of short phrases – has given this music a refreshing element of surprise.
And it’s exactly that element that makes this album stand out among many others.

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Homework Year 1

Preserved Sound, Dronarivm, Home Normal and Taâlem present their label compilations that look ahead at 2017, look back at 2016, or (in the Taâlem case) overview their 15 years of existence.

All of them are generously offered as a ‘Name Your Price’ download!

Jeffrey Roden – Threads Of A Prayer, Volume 1

Jeffrey Roden - Threads of a Prayer Vol. 1

Jeffrey Roden’s contemporary classical music for solo piano and string ensemble leaves enough room for many moments of silence.

In this unhurried meditative focus, the link to the work of Arvo Pärt and possibly Erik Satie, Morton Feldman and, to lesser extent, John Cage is obvious.

It’s Jeffrey Roden’s sole purpose to take the listener to “the other place: a place within oneself where there is a deeper awareness of many things both emotional and spiritual.”

OST: Arrival * Samorost 3 * Astroneer * Salero * Iris

Salero

Soundtrack binging time: three movies (Arrival by Johann Jóhansson, Salero by Adam Bryanbaum Wilztie, Iris by A Winged Victory For The Sullen) and two games (Samorost 3 by Floex and Astroneer by Rutger Zuydervelt).

DreamScenes 2016 – 12

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DreamScenes usually only features new releases, but this month I want to start with an exception in remembrance of Pauline Oliveros.
Among many other things, she will be remembered for her Deep Listening concept.

Concluding this edition with a track by Mario Batkoviç that feels like a (probably unintended) tribute to Oliveros.

In-between, there’s many other things (… and also many strings).