An unusual collaboration between avant musician Eivind Aarset and ambient soundsmith Tortusa (aka John Derek Bishop) – a set that has Tortusa creating whole new sound collages from previous recordings by Aarset, in ways that really take the music to very abstract, offbeat territory – ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreCD
Subtle electronics and a bit of live instrumentation from Chicago bassist Josh Abrams aka Reminder. Tracks include "Trip North", "After Fire", "Departure (Cellar)", "Plums", "Lo Speed Chase", "Everything Can Be good Sometimes", "Attic ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreCD
An incredible piece by composer John Adams – easily one of his most important works ever, and one that rivals Einstein On The Beach for its transformation of older operatic forms! The subject matter is quite unique – President Nixon's famous visit to China in the early 70s – ... read moreCD
Fantastic sounds from William Basinksi – an artist with an approach that's like nobody else we can think of, and which makes these two tracks sound very much in keeping with his famous Disintegration Loops project! As with that masterpiece, the work here revolves around the use of tape loops ... read moreCD
Han Bennink & Terrie Ex —
Zeng! ... CD Terp (Netherlands), 2007. Used ...
Sharp, jagged and intuitive interplay from what a pair that works very well together – Dutch postpunk adventurer Terrie Ex of the The Ex – and improvistation jazz drums titan Han Bennik! Zeng doesn't pummel as much as you might be expecting, though they do make a might racket when the ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreCD
The first new record in years from the legendary Sonambient label – the musical home of sculptor Harry Bertoia, whose creations were always made with their sonic properties in mind! The two pieces here are from Bertoia's tape archives – and both feature his unusual sound sculptures in ... read moreCD
Beautiful solo piano work from Joep Beving – material that's maybe rooted in a tradition that goes back to French composers who include Satie and Debussy, but which also has some of the more contemporary warmth of some of his Deutsche Grammophon contemporaries, like Max Richter! Yet unlike ... (Classical, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A definite cerebral voyage from Didier Bocquet – who serves up a beautiful bit of analogue electronica on this rare 70s album! The set's a bit in the Sky Records territory of some of his German contemporaries – but is maybe a bit more freewheeling, too – as it certainly takes its ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lars Gunnar Bodin —
En Face ... CD Phono Suecia (Sweden), 1990. Used ...
They're not kidding with the title of this one – as the album leaps off to a very dramatic style, right from the start – with a surprisingly noisy sound titled after the incubation of the heavens! That noise moves aside a bit as the album moves on, but the whole thing still stays very ... (Sound Library, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful sounds from Joanna Brouk – an artist who was sometimes lost amidst the new age scene of the 80s, but one who's got a much deeper, more intellectual approach overall! True, Brouk's music does have a certain meditative spirit – but she also was a student of Terry Riley and ... read moreCD
A quartet of works composed by Gavin Bryars – some of them a lot more jazz-based than some of his other work for ECM! There's a warmth and thoughtfulness here that comes through right away – sensitive sounds that still share some of the modernist tones with Bryars' more adventurous ... read moreCD
One of the most amazing albums ever from this ultra-hip composer – and a record with a bit more bite than Budd's later work – thanks to alto from Marion Brown, Harp from Maggie Thomas, marimba from Michael Nyman and John White, glockenspiel from Gavin Bryars, and electric piano from ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album