Juha-Matti Rautiainen‘s second album is dedicated “to those who carry humanity within their hearts in the middle of a conflict” – while Julie ‘Less Bells’ Carpenter finds her inspiration in the quiet expanse of the Joshua Tree desert.
Benjamin Finger‘s respectful disregard of genres *** Lee Yi expresses his fascination for natural pigments and fond memories.
Sven Laux honors the heroes of Chess – while Dead Melodies involuntarily spends the night in the ruins of a once stately manor.
Cello music to enjoy the quietness and calm of hidden moments: by Danny Norbury & Ian Hawgood and Aaron Martin
Dictaphone creates some things that were missing before, while omrr puts Egypt’s experimental music on our map. Ghost and Tape prepares us for Spring.
Andrew Heath’s ‘lower case music’ (Soundings);
Sonmi451 takes his place on the imaginary map (Panta Rei);
Sven Laux’ virtual orchestra (Paper Streets)
New music for strings: The Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, Stefan Wesolowski and Bartosz Dziadosz & Tomasz Mrenca.
From the contemporary post-classical debut of Resina to Tamar Halperin’s re-interpretations of classic Satie, via a remarkable collaboration of Murcof and Vanessa Wagner
Tuxedomoon and CWNN‘s surprising re-work for a (documentary about) Blue Velvet, Melancholic Romance from Goldmund, Escapism from Library Tapes, and unclassifiable ambient works by Frans Friederich.
“Somehow, in Europe, over the last century, as complexity and inaccessibility became equated with intelligence and the avant-garde, we lost something along the way. Modernism gave us so many stunning works, but we also lost our lullabies.”
Long-form compositions are a challenge to a composer, because he (she) has to deal with the audience’s relatively short attention span: not many people will be able to focus and keep their concentration for 4 hours or even more. For this reason, it is no surprise that long-form experiments are often found in the realm of ambient music. Ánd that they are often dealing with ‘sleep’ – which instantly solves the attention span problem too.
It’s hard to keep up with so much great music out there.
Here’s a selection that brings you from modern classical to futuristic dub (via reel-to-reel tape delay)!
Hightlights from Monochromie; Visionary Hours; Peter Grech; Northumbria and Mogano