― djh, Sunday, 3 January 2010 19:05 (nine years ago) link
And perhaps to consider this assertion, from a friend: "I have regularly wondered if it's pointless listening to Peter Broderick/Olafur Arnalds when solo piano stuff is probably done best by those who have stood the test of centuries."
― djh, Sunday, 3 January 2010 19:07 (nine years ago) link
Not sure if this is quite inside the Boomkat context, but I'm very fond of this band.
― Joe Pass Filter (MaresNest), Sunday, 3 January 2010 20:42 (nine years ago) link
"I have regularly wondered if it's pointless listening to Peter Broderick/Olafur Arnalds when solo piano stuff is probably done best by those who have stood the test of centuries."
― Monophonic Spree (Paul in Santa Cruz), Monday, 4 January 2010 01:32 (nine years ago) link
But certainly there's more interesting new stuff out there besides quasi-classical music aimed at the indie set?
― Sailor Tuxedo Moon Mask (Daruton), Monday, 4 January 2010 01:47 (nine years ago) link
For the most part, I agree with both of the two previous posts.
― djh, Monday, 4 January 2010 11:25 (nine years ago) link
I do find Richard Skelton quite moving:
― djh, Friday, 8 January 2010 22:32 (nine years ago) link
a lot of that boomkat modern classical kinda stuff is really wonderful
― A™ machine (sic) (omar little), Friday, 8 January 2010 22:44 (nine years ago) link
who do you rate in particular?
― djh, Saturday, 9 January 2010 16:34 (nine years ago) link
Richard Skelton is one of my very favourite musicians of the last few years. Everything he's done that I have is amazing; particularly notable is the attention to the physical packaging etc (though even without that, the music is amazing).
― toby, Wednesday, 13 January 2010 18:59 (nine years ago) link
What would you go for next, after "Landings"?
― djh, Wednesday, 13 January 2010 19:21 (nine years ago) link
i really like Olafur Arnalds. i haven't heard much of his other music, but 'the blue notebooks' by max richter--while a fairly obvious and PFM-approved pick--is really great. 'a box of birch' by a broken consort is good (another skelton project, i think?) would leyland kirby/the caretaker count?
― A™ machine (sic) (omar little), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 19:30 (nine years ago) link
Loving the Kirby album, all three discs of it.
Interesting that Richter's album on the (um, late) Late Junction imprint got picked up by FatCat's neo-classical off-shoot.
― djh, Wednesday, 13 January 2010 19:52 (nine years ago) link
these were the other three Type things that arrived from boomkat the other day (in addition to zelienople mentioned elswhere). not listened to it all in depth yet but have shuffled it during last three commutes. i got the On lp (ambient drones), the Goldmund (reminds me of music for airports piano bits) and the recent Helios (like the quiet bits of mogwai)
http://typerecords.com/releases <- handy podcast section
there's also a boomkat winter sale featuring a lot of Type lps, mine came to about £4 each
> "I have regularly wondered if it's pointless listening to Peter Broderick/Olafur Arnalds when solo piano stuff is probably done best by those who have stood the test of centuries."
i kinda thought the same with the goldmund, whether there were classical piano works i should be looking up, but in addition to rather than instead of.
― koogs, Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:04 (nine years ago) link
Koogs, thanks for the heads-up on the Boomkat deals. I went for the On record too. Sounds awesome: "SYLVAIN CHAUVEAU AND STEVEN HESS REWORKED BY DEATHPROD... this is the great 'lost' Deathprod album".
― We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:21 (nine years ago) link
that On cover pic as well, is lovely (folded out is even better). a lot of the Type records have covers that remind me of red house painters 4ad sleeves.
― koogs, Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:26 (nine years ago) link
Also went for the ON cd ...
― djh, Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:27 (nine years ago) link
Yeah, that whole visual aesthetic is something that I'm quite easily sold on. x-post
― We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:28 (nine years ago) link
(On photographer has more photos here:http://blog.shawnconvey.com/#57065/Your-Naked-Ghost )
― koogs, Thursday, 14 January 2010 11:07 (nine years ago) link
Woah unexpected mental guitars on the last track of Olafur Arnald's Eulogy for Evolution.
Eluvium's piano stuff definitely worth a mention here - An Accidental Memory in Case of Death, When I Live by the Garden and the Sea. Also Copia, and Miniatures under his name of Robert Cooper Clarke, more instrumentation but still of the 'classical' bent.
Would be happy to listen to older stuff if I knew of any that sounded like this, but aside from Satie, I don't. Recommendations welcome!
― CATBEAST 7777 (ledge), Thursday, 14 January 2010 11:31 (nine years ago) link
> Woah unexpected mental guitars on the last track of Olafur Arnald's Eulogy for Evolution.
mental guitars = industrial revolution
― koogs, Thursday, 14 January 2010 12:17 (nine years ago) link
so anyway, pilfering the Type podcasts. and there's pme by Simon Scott, ex-ex-ex of slowdive. and there's a link to his blog. and there's an lp by him ('Navigare') and a link to Boomkat who gave it record of the week last october
is in a similar vein to the On record (in the way all ambient stuff sounds the same) but with tinges of the old slowdive sound (or am i imagining that?)
(typed in classical piano to amazon's mp3 downloads site. millions of hits. oh um)
― koogs, Friday, 15 January 2010 12:58 (nine years ago) link
Either "Marking Time" or "Box of Birch", I guess. It's all good though.
― toby, Friday, 15 January 2010 13:35 (nine years ago) link
On a piano bent, it's not exactly the same as this stuff, but if you don't know Chopin's Nocturnes, you should definitely check them out.
― toby, Friday, 15 January 2010 13:39 (nine years ago) link
this week's boomkat recommendations (link should be good for future use too):
the Minamo sounds nice from the samples (but i have more cheap Type records to check out first). the Owen Pallett is miss categorised i think, sounds more like the beach boys.
i also find there's some crossover with the Dark Ambient / Drone / Metal genre
(the mp3 versions have samples of all tracks, not just the three they choose for the cds)
― koogs, Saturday, 16 January 2010 13:10 (nine years ago) link
*Loving* On's Your Naked Ghost Comes Back At Night.
― djh, Monday, 18 January 2010 21:05 (nine years ago) link
If you like Johann Johannsson you should investigate ... ? (contemporary or otherwise)
― djh, Monday, 18 January 2010 21:07 (nine years ago) link
On's a bit bleak for my tastes. Where's the choons?
― CATBEAST 7777 (ledge), Wednesday, 20 January 2010 14:12 (nine years ago) link
Palmless Prayer/Mass Murder Refrain by Mono & World's End Girlfriend is a bit Johannsonesque. Well it has violins anyway. Pretty miserablist though.
― CATBEAST 7777 (ledge), Wednesday, 20 January 2010 15:18 (nine years ago) link
I have never heard of these composers. I assume they sound something like Satie informed by minimalism with subtle O'Rourke-ish electronic touches, with higher production values and lower standards of performance technique than most 'new music'? Which could be great or not, depending.
(Ha, OK, just noticed the Satie comparison.)
― Sundar, Wednesday, 20 January 2010 15:38 (nine years ago) link
Thanks for the Skelton link!
― Sundar, Thursday, 21 January 2010 17:25 (nine years ago) link
Johann Johannsson & Greg Haines (?) live in London in May:http://www.last.fm/event/1380575+Arctic+Circle+Presents+-+J%C3%B3hann+J%C3%B3hannsson+-+Greg+Haines
― take me to your lemur (ledge), Friday, 22 January 2010 12:43 (nine years ago) link
Hildur Gudnadottier's Without Sinking deserves a special mention.
(Any thoughts on her other releases? I haven't heard them).
― djh, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 08:03 (nine years ago) link
this thread title cracks me up and is so otm
― ben bernankles (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 08:07 (nine years ago) link
Do any of these artists get reviewed as "classical" music in anywhere other than the Wire? Do they get coverage in what might be described as "traditional" classical music magazines?
― djh, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:11 (nine years ago) link
the actual boomkat category is 'classical / home listening / ambient' and it's pretty much a catch all for slow quiet stuff.
― koogs, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:26 (nine years ago) link
Do they get coverage in what might be described as "traditional" classical music magazines?
judging from a cursory search, not at all.
― take me to your lemur (ledge), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:30 (nine years ago) link
Never bought it myself, but I think that the BBC Music magazine (mostly classical, some jazz too) has Late Junction-type stuff in it (Late Junction being the one mainstream radio programme that plays this sorta stuff).
― We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:38 (nine years ago) link
Nils Frahm added to the Johann Johannsson show.
― djh, Friday, 29 January 2010 22:48 (nine years ago) link
Akira Rabelais has a new album coming out soon. Everyone should listen to Eisoptrophobia. Lovely, haunted reworkings of gorgeous piano pieces from the likes of Satie et al.
― Salvador Dali Parton (Turangalila), Friday, 29 January 2010 22:56 (nine years ago) link
Frahm's The Bells sounded lovely earlier while cleaning the kitchen; Johannsson's Virdulegu forsetar sounding gorgeous now (possibly my favourite classical album ever, up there with my favourite albums of any genre); have also been enjoying Valgeir Sigurdsson's Draumalandid.
― djh, Saturday, 30 January 2010 22:44 (nine years ago) link
Anyone heard the Rachel Grimes album?
― djh, Wednesday, 3 February 2010 10:23 (nine years ago) link
BTW, djh, thanks for starting this thread...hadn't heard Chauveau or Arnalds yet and grabbed a bunch of both. The Arnalds albums I got have rapidly become some of my favourites.
Anyone else picked up the newish Johannsson soundtrack to the film Varmints? Grabbed it on vinyl and ripped it to MP3 (guess the CD isn't out yet) but there seems to be some weird distortion that comes in on the last track of side one...not sure if that's part of the sound or whether my rip was bad...was perfectly clear up until that point. Either way, enjoyed the album.
― Sean Carruthers, Friday, 5 February 2010 03:43 (nine years ago) link
the Varmints soundtrack turned up in today's boomkat newsletter (vinyl only until april it says) and actually goes by the snappy title "And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees"
― koogs, Friday, 5 February 2010 11:49 (nine years ago) link
You can get Varmints on CD - it came out as a tour CD - I got my copy from Insound. It's being re-issued in the UK in April.
― djh, Friday, 5 February 2010 16:17 (nine years ago) link
Free compilation that partly matches this thread's aesthetic here: http://jointhecircle.net/
― djh, Friday, 5 February 2010 20:19 (nine years ago) link
nils frahm's wintermusik sounding fucking gorgeous right now (washing the dishes, glass of red on the go).
― djh, Saturday, 13 February 2010 18:54 (nine years ago) link
Want to echo the Richard Skelton love upthread - Landings is great. Maybe I just don't listen to enough of this sort of thing, but the strings on it sound fantastic, there's a really earthy resonance to them.
― We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Saturday, 13 February 2010 20:46 (nine years ago) link
In the mood to buy a record in this genre ... Any suggestions?
― djh, Saturday, 20 February 2010 16:59 (nine years ago) link
One artist you may want to check out is Harold Budd - a lot of good albums dating back to the 70s, even. It varies a bit, from very piano-heavy to highly processed, so you'll want to preview them first I guess. I have a soft spot for Lovely Thunder and his collab with the Cocteau Twins, Moon and the Melodies but people often point to The White Arcades as a good starting point. (He also has some newer releases too which I'm somewhat less familiar with.)
― Sean Carruthers, Monday, 22 February 2010 17:24 (nine years ago) link
I've noticed that with this sort of style they pretty much always use an instrumental palette of piano and/or string instruments. There must be some exceptions though. Are there any people out there doing this type of thing with woodwind or brass instruments?
― mirostones, Tuesday, 24 January 2017 23:34 (two years ago) link
― calstars, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 00:23 (two years ago) link
Colin Stetson? Lots of sax and suchlike. His version of Gorecki's Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, 'Sorrow', is one of my favourite albums from 2016
― I hear from this arsehole again, he's going in the river (James Morrison), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 02:44 (two years ago) link
The new Gavin Bryars album on ECM, The Fifth Century, is a choir and sax quartet thing. Very lovely it is too.
― heaven parker (anagram), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 08:56 (two years ago) link
New Jacaszek coming up on Ghostly:
― djh, Friday, 27 January 2017 16:14 (two years ago) link
New Ian Hawgood:
― djh, Monday, 30 January 2017 20:26 (two years ago) link
Just ordered the Resina album ...
and looking forward to the Olivier Alary compilation.
― djh, Monday, 13 February 2017 21:45 (two years ago) link
Haven't yet played this but my Sunday evening now seems sorted:
― djh, Sunday, 19 February 2017 17:05 (two years ago) link
^ Actually it wasn't that good.
― djh, Thursday, 9 March 2017 22:08 (two years ago) link
Anyone rate the new Hauschka? I've not heard it yet but think I might have reached the point where I don't need anymore Hauschka ...
― djh, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 18:55 (two years ago) link
It was all right but I don't remember much about it.
― Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 19:07 (two years ago) link
I'm at that point too, djh. Same with Peter Broderick tbh. I thought it would happen with Max Richter, but he continues to amaze me.
― Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 20:28 (two years ago) link
Sunday night drunkenness. The last Douglas Dare album is hitting the spot though I've felt ambivalent about it at points. It doesn't really have much to do with "classical you buy from Boomkat" aside from being on Erased Tapes, mind.
― djh, Sunday, 20 August 2017 19:46 (two years ago) link
new Peter Broderick / Peter Liversige Late Junction session here
(think the download is uk only, but non-britishers should be able to stream)
― koogs, Friday, 25 August 2017 11:48 (two years ago) link
Ólafur Arnalds' Island Songs, the movie: tomorrow on iTunes (except for North America: soon)
Island Songs, the film. Out FRIDAY on @iTunes!(US date coming soon) pic.twitter.com/S1amATRvAn— Ólafur Arnalds (@OlafurArnalds) September 13, 2017
― StanM, Thursday, 14 September 2017 18:33 (two years ago) link
It pains me a bit but one of my favourite albums of the year is being sold for a quid *for the CD* on Bandcamp:
I've checked and it isn't a mistake.
― djh, Monday, 23 October 2017 19:42 (one year ago) link
― djh, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 20:17 (one year ago) link
I loved his previous one
― Dinsdale, Sunday, 26 November 2017 19:01 (one year ago) link
http://olafurarnalds.com/tour-dates/ touring with strings again
― StanM, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 15:56 (one year ago) link
This includes some good stuff, much of which is "the classical music you buy from Boomkat":
Particularly enjoying this:
Not yet made my way through this (posting so I can find it later):
― djh, Monday, 1 January 2018 15:25 (one year ago) link
That all looks promising, will investigate: cheers
― Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 23:01 (one year ago) link
Since Vanessa Amara was mentioned above, she has a new record next month again on Posh Isolation and you can hear a beautiful track off it on her bandcamp:
Also enjoying this Swoop and Cross record on Time Released Soundhttps://timereleasedsound.bandcamp.com/album/stories-of-disintegration
― Dinsdale, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 14:00 (one year ago) link
the keyboard player from super furry animals composed something. it's pretty good imo...
― afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 15:42 (one year ago) link
Sure there are a lot of Reich-isms, but this Anenon record is beautiful, very pleasant listening. Really nice textures (all that breath sound on the saxophone) and room sound. https://anenon.bandcamp.com/album/tongue
― change display name (Jordan), Friday, 16 February 2018 19:39 (one year ago) link
thanks for the Anenon, sounds good
― Dinsdale, Saturday, 17 February 2018 08:00 (one year ago) link
New ólafur Arnalds:
― StanM, Saturday, 7 April 2018 15:06 (one year ago) link
there's a new BBC Radio 3 show that covers this stuff:
"Elizabeth Alker with music by an exciting new generation of unclassified composers and performers, breaking free of the constraints of practice rooms and concert halls."
6 episodes, first one was last sunday at 23:30 but available (everywhere?) via iplayer radio
― koogs, Thursday, 12 April 2018 08:48 (one year ago) link
― Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Friday, 13 April 2018 00:35 (one year ago) link
― djh, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 20:33 (one year ago) link
Female artist spotlight on last Sunday's episode of Unclassified
― koogs, Friday, 27 April 2018 11:49 (one year ago) link
Sunday midnightNightingalesSlow Radio
A magical late night listening experience - six musicians go into the Sussex woods to play nocturnal music with the nightingales, who gather there to sing at night each Spring. The soloists taking turns to respond musically to the nightingales are Clive Bell (Japanese bamboo flute); Laura Moody (cello and vocal); Sam Amidon, (violin and vocal), John Baily (rubab) with Veronica Doubleday (frame drum and vocal) ,and Sam Lee (vocal & harmonium). The entire programme takes place in the woods, recorded on one night in April. Verity Sharp presents, leading the listener into the wild nocturnal environment and describing the atmosphere, and folk singer and outdoorsman Sam Lee will explain the migratory behaviour of the birds, the character of their songs, and the habitats that they favour for singing.
This is a Slow Radio experience, immersing the listener in the remarkable and magical experience of the nocturnal songs of nightingales. They are rarely to be heard in England today, but this programme will lead your ears into one of the woods where they still migrate every Spring, to sing through the night.
And who knows what other sounds may be captured on the night - a fox bark, an owl hoot, frogs calling, the wind in the branches...
― koogs, Thursday, 3 May 2018 16:05 (one year ago) link
ólafur Arnalds was brilliant in Brussels last Sunday. The first part of his All Strings Attached tour is nearly over now, here's 75 minutes of the Berlin show on German radio (will be online for a couple more days) : https://www.radioeins.de/programm/index.htm/psdoc=!content!rbb!rad!programm!sendungen!sendungen!154!1805!180517_eins_sch_ne_t_ne_38153.html
― StanM, Friday, 18 May 2018 15:45 (one year ago) link
― djh, Monday, 16 July 2018 18:42 (one year ago) link
― StanM, Saturday, 28 July 2018 06:43 (one year ago) link
How's the new Olafur Arnalds album?
― djh, Thursday, 30 August 2018 19:21 (one year ago) link
― djh, Thursday, 31 January 2019 22:36 (seven months ago) link
Anyone heard this?
― djh, Sunday, 17 February 2019 22:56 (seven months ago) link
I've just ordered the cd, will report back.
― Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 10:05 (six months ago) link
re: arnalds - I like his previous work better but still going to see the tour again next Sunday
― StanM, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 12:39 (six months ago) link
What did you think Le Bateau Ivre?
― djh, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 21:02 (six months ago) link
I got it in the mail yesterday so only played it through one time, but it's gorgeous. Delicate, fragile piano/violin music mostly, very melancholic, at times droney w/ strings. Music instilled with a sense of swelling unease and quiet mourning. There's little that makes me happier :)
― Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 28 February 2019 13:38 (six months ago) link
Ha! It has sold out since yesterday ... I've had a bit of a poor run on Fluid Audio releases where I've liked the Soundcloud link but then less so the album (though clearly the physical objects are constructed with fuck of a lot of love).
― djh, Thursday, 28 February 2019 23:26 (six months ago) link
I can hook you up if you like (send me an ilxmail)
― Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 4 March 2019 09:49 (six months ago) link
(my ilxmail doesn't work, apparently, if you give me an email addy i'll be in touch)
― Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 4 March 2019 09:51 (six months ago) link
Does using my ilxor webmail work as a way of making contact?
― djh, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 21:39 (six months ago) link
Only one way to find out, sent you a message
― Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 23:10 (six months ago) link
Weird. Nearly missed my bus stop after becoming engrossed in the last Bing & Ruth album on my MP3 player, today.
― djh, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 22:01 (five months ago) link
New Crash Ensemble album coming soon, this Nico Muhly piece is beautiful.
― MaresNest, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 22:07 (three months ago) link
Very beautiful indeed, thanks for linking!
― Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 6 June 2019 18:35 (three months ago) link
I’ve been listening through my various favorite albums of the years of the 2010s and I’m reminded that this was my very favorite album of 2014: Rebekka Karijord, Music for Film and Theatre.
― sctttnnnt (pgwp), Sunday, 23 June 2019 17:13 (two months ago) link