Category Archives: Classical

NORTHAUNT- ISTID III.

Northaunt- Istid III.   Label: Glacial Movements. Twelve years ago in 1996, Norwegian ambient composer Hærleif Langås embarked upon a new and exciting chapter in his career when he began to explore and experiment with drones, field recordings, samples and minimalistic melodic elements which he used to create soundscapes that had been inspired and influenced …

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BIOSPHERE-THE HILVARENBEEK RECORDINGS.

Biosphere-The Hilvarenbeek Recordings. Label: Biophon Records. Back in 2013, Geir Jenssen a.k.a. Biosphere, was invited by the organisers of the Incubate Festival in Tilburg to spend a week doing field recordings at the organic farm in Boerderij ‘t Schop in Hilvarenbeek. This was an invitation Biosphere accepted and made the journey to Hilvarenbeek, in Holland. …

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AKSAK MABOUL-UN PEU L’AME DES BANDITS-VINYL REISSUE.

Aksak Maboul-Un Peu de L’âme Des Bandits-Vinyl Reissue. Label: Crammed Discs. Nearly three years after releasing their seminal avant pop album, Onze Danses Pour Combattre la Migraine in the summer of 1977,  Aksak Maboul returned with their much-anticipated 1980 sophomore album Un Peu de L’âme Des Bandits. It was the first album Aksak Maboul released …

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THE BEST NORDIC WAVE RELEASES OF 2017-PART 2.

The Best Nordic Wave Releases Of 2017-Part 2. Danish String Quartet-Last Leaf. Label: ECM Records. Nowadays, the Danish String Quartet is regarded by many critics as the most exciting young string quartets in Europe, if not the world. They’ve been breathing new life and meaning into contemporary compositions and the classical repertoire. However, when the …

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THE BEST NORDIC WAVE RELEASES OF 2017-PART 3.

The Best Nordic Wave Releases Of 2017. Hakon Stene and Kristine Tjogersen Michael Pisaro-Asleep, Street, Pipes, Tones.  Michael Pisaro’s Asleep, Street, Pipes, Tones’ is a quite beautiful electro-acoustic composition which features seventeen short movements lasting just over an hour. It was reinterpreted and recreated with care and accuracy by Håkon Stene and Kristine Tjøgersen, who …

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THE BEST NORDIC WAVE RELEASES OF 2017-PART 4.

The Best Nordic Wave Releases Of 2017-Part 4. Motorpsycho-The Tower. Label: Rune Grammofon. When Motorpsycho released The Tower in 2017, it marked the debut of Tomas Järmyr, who became Motorpsycho’s fourth drummer in the band’s twenty-eight year history. He played his part in the creative birth of creative rebirth of Motorpsycho, and ensured that their vintage …

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KLAUS SCHULZE 1 AND 2 AND KLAUS SCHULZE 3 AND 4.

Klaus Schulze-Ballet 1 and 2 and Ballet 3 and 4. Label: MIG Music. By the winter of 2000, Berlin School pioneer Klaus Schulze was fifty-three, and had already been making music for thirty-one years. He had achieved a lot over during a career that had already spanned four decades, and was regarded as one of …

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YASUAKI SHIMIZU-MUSIC FOR COMMERCIALS: MADE TO MEASURE VOLUME 12.

Yasuaki Shimizu-Music For Commercials: Made To Measure Volume 12. Label: Crammed Discs. Thirty years ago, in 1987, Marc Hollander’s label, Crammed Discs, released an album that went on become one of their most sought after releases. This was Yasuaki Shimizu’s Music For Commercials, which featured a total of twenty-four tracks.  Twenty-three of them were short …

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OLAFUR ARNALDS-EULOGY FOR EVOLUTION.

Ólafur Arnalds-Eulogy For Evolution. Label: Erased Tapes Records. When most people reach the age of thirty, it’s a time when they take stock, and reflect on what they’ve achieved so far. When composer, multi-instrumentalist and BAFTA-award- winning producer Ólafur Arnalds looked back at the first thirty years of his life, there was much to celebrate. He …

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BEN LUKAS BOYSEN AND SEBASTIAN PLANO-EVERYTHING.

Ben Lukas Boysen and Sebastian Plano-Everything. Label: Erased Tapes Records. Nowadays, not every musician dreams of embarking upon a career as a rock star, and leading a life where many people think that excess and debauchery are the norm. That used to be the case during the golden age of rock, when bands survived tours …

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JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON-30 YEARS MAKING MUSIC

Jóhann Jóhannsson-30 Years Making Music. It was whilst studying languages and literature at university in Reykjavík, that Jóhann Jóhannsson’s musical career began. He was just eighteen when he joined his first indie rock band in 1987. Over the next few years, Jóhann Jóhannsson played with several indie rock bands in Reykjavík’s vibrant and thriving music …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2016-PART 4.

BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2016-PART 4. Jóhann Jóhannsson-Ophee On Orphée, Jóhann Jóhannsson’s turned his attention to the beauty and the process of creation. Orphée features Jóhann Jóhannsson tracing a path from darkness into light. Inspiration for Orphée comes from the opéra bouffe Orphée aux enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld). It was written by Ludovic Halévy, …

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ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1973-1977.

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1973-1977. In 1970, Birmingham based songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood decided to form a new band with drummer Bev Bevan. This new group they christened the Electric Light Orchestra.  At first, the Electric Light Orchestra was regarded as an offshoot of The Move, which Jeff Lynne, …

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JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON-ORPHEE.

JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON-ORPHEE. It was whilst studying languages and literature at university in Reykjavík, that Jóhann Jóhannsson’s musical career began. He was just eighteen when he joined his first indie rock band in 1987. Over the next few years, Jóhann Jóhannsson played with several indie rock bands in Reykjavík’s vibrant and thriving music scene. Little did …

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JON BALKE-WARP.

JON BALKE-WARP.  There aren’t many twelve year olds that switch from classical music to the blues. That’s apart from the Norwegian pianist Jon Balke. He grew up learning to play classical piano. However, by the time he was twelve, Jon Balke was ready to turn his back on Bach and Beethoven. The year was 1967, and psychedelia …

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IRMIN SCHMIDT-ELECTRO VIOLET BOX SET-IMPORT.

IRMIN SCHMIDT-ELECTRO VIOLET BOX SET-IMPORT. One of the most eagerly awaited box sets of 2015 was Irmin Schmidt’s twelve disc career retrospective, Electro Violet. It was released by Mute Records in December 2015. However, only 1,000 copies of Electro Violet were available. They were like gold dust and finding one of the Electro Violet box sets wasn’t …

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IRMIN SCHMIDT-ELECTRO VIOLET BOX SET.

IRMIN SCHMIDT-ELECTRO VIOLET BOX SET. After eleven years and eleven studio albums, Can called time on their career in 1979. By then, Can were rightly regarded as one of the most innovative bands of the Krautrock era. They had enjoyed an almost unrivalled longevity. Can were formed in 1968, by Holger Czukay and Irmin Schmidt. …

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ANTHONY PHILLIPS-PRIVATE PARTS AND PIECES I-IV.

ANTHONY PHILLIPS-PRIVATE PARTS AND PIECES I-IV. Many people think that the home studio is a new thing. That’s not the case. Musicians were recording music at home way DAWs and laptops began to play an important part in the recording process. Anthony Phillips is proof of that. Anthony Phillips started experimenting with a basic reel-to-reel …

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TUXEDOMOON AND THE CULT WITH NO NAME- BLUE VELVET REVISITED.

TUXEDOMOON AND THE CULT WITH NO NAME- BLUE VELVET REVISITED. After the commercial and critical failure of Dune in 1984, David Lynch knew that his next film had to make an impression on critics and filmgoers. There was no buts. So David Lynch made a conscious decision to write a much more personal story. The …

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ASAMISIMASA PLAYS THE MUSIC OF ØYVIND TORVUND.

ASAMISIMASA PLAYS THE MUSIC OF ØYVIND TORVUND. Øyvind Torvund isn’t like other composers and musicians. Instead, he’s a musical pioneer. That’s been the case since Øyvind Torvund graduated from the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Berlin University of the Arts. Since then, the thirty-nine year old Norwegian has been pushing musical boundaries to their limits. …

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