Richard Barbieri never disappoints. From his work in Japan to all of the wonderful projects he’s worked on since, he’s shown to be a thoroughly underrated synth player. There’s always hope he’ll reach a bigger audience.
The surprise here, for me, is Steve Hogarth. I’m not a huge fan of Marillion (at least since old singer Fish left the band in the late ’80s), but really, Hogarth’s voice sounds like a perfect compliment to the electronic underpinning Barbieri provides. A lush work.
This one is dedicated to my Mari, who has given me a year of happiness.
A magnificent compilation of some of the finest experimental music from Hungary, produced by the Hungaroton label.
I rarely post track lists, but in this case, I’ll do so:
A1 Zoltán Pongrácz – Mariphonia 00:00
A2 Zoltán Pongrácz – Egy Cisz-Dur Akkord Története 08:04
A3 Peter Eötvös – Mese: Rövidített Változat 13:46
B1 Iván Patachich – Magánhangzók: Ta Fonaenta 26:00
B2 Iván Patachich – Hangzó Függvények: Funzione Acustica 34:08
B3 Máté Victor & Péter Winckler – Viscositas 44:38
Extremely sad news today. The Quietus reports that Dieter Moebius, one-half of the legendary Cluster, along with Hans-Joachim Roedelius, a collaborator with Michael Rother in their Harmonia project, as well as Brian Eno, and a source of influence for so many musicians who delved into making electronic music, passed away today at the age of 71.
I had the pleasure of meeting Dieter and Achim a few times as they would pass through my home on tour. I wish his wife, Irene, Achim and his family, and all those who worked with him, much comfort in the days ahead.
One of Bernard Parmegiani’s 21st Century compositions. Still very much avant-garde.
Nothing but mad respect for the Queen of tastemakers our of Beirut, Nadine Assaf, who always finds the choicest electronica.
Polar Inertia offer a wonderfully minimalistic beat-oriented experience, something almost cosmic in scope. You can get a bit more about this French troupe here.
A warm thanks to Praveer Bea for kindly posting this wonderful slab of minimal, crunchy rhythm, courtesy of Alva Noto and Pan Sonic’s Mika Vainio working under the monicker of Ø.
If you wish to pick up this album, Mikro Makro, go here.
I wish to thank my friend Prsemyl, who is my contact for Indies Records in the Czech Republic, for introducing me to this band.
Mydy Rabycad are an indie band based out of Prague who remind me of some of the earlier ‘Madchester’ acts like the Happy Mondays, mixed with a style that would remind me of modern swing. Funky isn’t a word one would normally associate with Czech music, but this release changes my opinion.
For samples of their music, go here.
Up until today, I knew nothing about NichelOdeon. It seems that the name is a monicker for Italian composer Claudio Milano, who is based in Fragagnano, Italy.
After going through a few tracks (this one being my favorite), I’m looking forward to seeing this project develop!
An absolutely lovely piece of droning here by Eisuke Oooka, a composer out of Japan.