Simon Fisher Turner and Espen J Jörgensen release a unique collaboration on Mute Records on November 21, 2011, Soundescapes. More information and pre-order links here.
Clogs are a mostly instrumental project led by Bryce Dessner and Padma Newsome. Clogs’ “classical” music is composed by a combination of improvisational practice sessions and performances and formal arrangement by Newsome, who arranges the core ideas with reference to diverse classical and folk influences. Taken from the album “Thom’s Night Out” (2001).
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Though it is seldom ranked among the composer’s greatest works, Rigel 9 is actually one of the most easily digested, as David Bedford links with science fiction author (and now lyricist) Ursula LeGuin to create a song cycle that, though it is certainly rooted in LeGuin’s own territory, will certainly not disappoint Bedford’s own followers. The premise of the storyline is relatively simple — a group of astronauts arrive on an alien world that they believe to be uninhabited. Or, rather, most of them believe it is uninhabited. One, however, can see a city all around them, and the accompanying conflict is the theme to much of Bedford’s score. Like Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds, the album that can most confidently be described as a precursor to Rigel 9, the narrative portions can jar. But, as Bedford’s own moods shift between grandiose and downright creepy, it is often easy to forget there’s a “concept” unfolding altogether. This is especially true with the instrumental passages, or those that feature a full choir — Strawberry Switchblade are among the guests on the album, and their performance through the epic “Funeral Procession” is spine-tinglingly beautiful.
Composed on an electronic music system: 3 synthesizers & 2 tape recorders. Pure analog. Released April 19, 2009. Buy the album for only €4 here.
Jonathan Fitoussi (born in 1978) is a sound artist residing in Paris. He works on minimalist and contemporary musical forms. Artwork: Josef Albers, Day and Night VIII, 1963. First published on YouTube in 2006. Track from the album Pluralis released in 2011 on Pan European Recording.
Words from Bill on A Leave Taking Soundtrack – “When I left the band I wasn’t playing much music at all but a friend got in touch asking if I would write something for this short he was making, which I did. It’s pretty much the only thing I wrote that year but the process opened another world up to me. We thought it’d be nice to give it away to the people who have been interested in what I’ve been doing on my own and also to hint at the future a little bit. My album, which is a soundtrack inspired by a novel, is pretty much a progression from the things learned when writing for Leave Taking.” UPDATE! Listen to the full album stream on The Guardian here.
An operatic song based on a progression from 17th Century composer Henry Purcell with synthesizers. The instrumentation is an array of nicely chosen synthesizers, but I can assume that they’re played the same way that the Baroque instruments would’ve done them. Anyway, this is positively haunting and mesmerizing. Nomi delivers his operatic lines with grace! [Source]
The different outfit, the careful steps, the clammy skin, the slight sheen of sweat, eyes welling up, shortness of breath and carefully going down the stairs. Klaus Nomi performed this version of “The Cold Song” from Purcell’s King Arthur in 1982 then passed away 6 months later in 1983. [Source]
‘Sunny A’ appears as part of a larger piece for Duet For One (a reimagination of Jean Cocteau’s famed monologue Duet For One Voice). [Source]
JG Thirlwell’s music under the Manorexia title is always sinister … downright creepy in places. Buy the album on Amazon here.