Music For The Open-Minded
If, like me, you have an open mind to new music, then you will be
continually searching for more interesting, challenging and absorbing
music to listen to. It may be an obscure classical composer, an
improvising trio, or a progressive rock band, but whatever it is, it
should make you re-think your knowledge of music, with the need to
listen to it again and again trying to find out what makes it tick.
This page is intended to be a forum for presenting personal opinions
about music you may not even have known existed. I will start with
a list of CDs from my collection which I think are appropriate, and
review them when I have time.
You are encouraged to add to this list by
sending me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Is it techno or just a buzzing noise?
Ø - Metri
- At first it sounds simply like a collection of pulses and tones,
but the phase changes and bass add up to more than that.
Download track 3 (MP3, 1 MB extract)
Download track 9 (MP3, 700 KB extract)
Download track 11 (MP3, 700 KB extract)
Industrial soundscape or avant-garde classical?
Iancu Dumitrescu - Pierre Sacrées
Prepared piano and metal objects.
"A thundering, urban edifice illuminated only by flying sparks
and reverberating with the hollow boom of deflected metal. But
even the most staggering constructions are put together brick
by brick, or note by note, and Dumitrescu pays great attention
to detail, releasing vast amounts of energy like a nuclear
explosion from the tiniest components."
- Alwynne Pritchard, BBC Radio 3, introducing the track "Pierre Sacrees".
Download track 1 (MP3, 1.5 MB extract)
Prog rock or classical chamber music?
Art Zoyd - Archives
Univers Zero - Heresie
- Two very different discs, the similarity being the use of instruments
such as violin and cello. The addition of drums and sometimes guitar,
plus reeds and horns takes it away from the chamber quartet setting.
Jazz fusion or Jungle?
Squarepusher - Feed Me Weird Things
- Insane cut-up break-beats and live jazz bass guitar!
Marilyn Crispell and Georg Graewe - Piano Duets
- Not just microtonal piano duets, but Diagonal Tuning, where both
pianos are tuned a quarter-tone apart in their middle registers, while
the lower and upper registers are stretched flat, respectively sharp,
gradually within the range of a minor second.
Jazz or computer compositions?
Doctor Nerve - Armed Observation / Out To Bomb Fresh Kings
- Jazz instrumentation but compositions so difficult only a computer
could create them!
Free throat singing
- Sainkho is a Tuvan throat singer; here she is joined live by jazz
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji
- Dinyar describes Sorabji and his music: "Sorabji (1892 - 1988) was a
reclusive composer and pianist who turned his back on reputation and fame
early on, not allowing his works to be performed (he relented in later
life). As a result the works are often scored for enormous (and
uneconomical) forces and pay no heed to the patience and butt of the
listener - going into several hours. But what an interesting composer he is
- a true maximalist, filling his scores with notes, requiring the player to
have a third arm at the very least. It's heady, sensuous, non-repetitive
music of the utmost richness, like sitting in a steaming bath of perfumed
vapours and being showered with jewels! So, not to everyone's taste, but
with the force of an ocean tide if you get into it."
Download Kaikhosru Sorabji - Organ Symphony No.1 (MP3, 1 MB extract)
More MP3 samples
- Some more appropriate extracts in MP3 format
Download Trevor Wishart - Red Bird (MP3, 1 MB extract)
Download Paul Dolden - Below the Walls of Jericho (MP3, 1.5 MB extract)
Oh, run out of time. More later...
P.S. What a load of twaddle I've written above! Ignore it, enjoy the music, buy the CDs :-)
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