For those of you who are fans of Touch Records, this podcast introduces cuts of some remarkably good music. Thanks to CAMP HQ for starting this series.
Egyptian-American composer Halim El-Dabh may well have been the first person to compose a piece in the style of Musique Concrète. There are arguments as to whether he or Pierre Schaeffer were first, and no one can say for sure. Sadly, he departed this mortal coil yesterday. Many thanks to my friend, George Miskedakis, for …
Bradford Bailey at The Hum, a great blog for experimental music, writes on two releases from Die Schachtel, a record label out of Milan, Italy.
It comes as a very pleasant surprise to see that ECM Records has its very own blog now. Simple, beautifully designed, and a great repository for promoting their new releases and reissues, as well as highlighting the reviews given to said releases. Bravo!
I think this is a case where the description of Simon James’ latest release speaks for itself: This vinyl and CD package collects electronic music created for an abandoned space: Akiha Den Den, the crumbling amusement park at the centre of a surreal radio drama, and the setting for a story woven from the …
Much respect to Nawa Recordings, one of the only labels in the Arab world promoting radical new music. Bandcamp writes on the label here.
GlerAkur is the monicker of Icelandic composer Elvar Geir Sævarsson, who also happens to the sound engineer for the National Theater of Iceland (Þjóðleikhúsið). The music sits comfortably between post-rock and ambient music with a cinematic feel to it.
Toàn is a French sound designer based in England who has a wonderful gift for blending jazz, hip-hop, ambient, classical and avant-garde music into one very pleasant jumble.
Ezequiel Viñao is an avant-garde composer originally hails from Argentina, but is now an American citizen based out of New York City. This particular piece is performed by the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, with Paul Hillier serving as conductor.
I normally find tribute albums done hours after the death of someone to be ghastly and in poor taste, but Scanner does an honorable job paying homage to Pierre Henry.