Freedom To Spend’s next release revisits the environs of late Portland, Oregon musician and sound historian Ernest Hood.
Sprawling through a haze of zither, synthesizer melodies, and foraged pedestrian sound, Neighborhoods is both a score and documentary composed and directed by Hood to offer, in his words, joy in reminiscence.
Each month, we invite an artist from the cast of characters that color the RVNG, Beats In Space, and Freedom To Spend universe to compile 15 – 20 tracks that are resonating with them.
From Craig Leon, to you ~
Some tracks I played on various radio shows so far this year: Celsius Drop on dublab, Charlie Bones’s Do!!You!!! Breakfast Show on NTS, Henry Rollins on KCRW, and others. Some are my own, but they’re mainly pieces from friends, colleagues, and musicians who I admire and have been listening to lately.
There are a few rediscoveries like the piano music of George Antheil which I’ve been listening to a lot along with various prepared piano pieces. I was inspired to revisit a few of these (including one I did in 1982) when I heard the work of Kelly Moran, who is continuing on in this area. I heard her when I played Moogfest earlier this year. She drew my attention back to the work of Henry Cowell, John Cage, and Lou Harrison. There’s also a lesser-known piece from William Basinski which is piano-based…
I feel like it’s getting to be the time to write something new that features piano.
I am not particularly a fan of Spotify or streaming services and do not advocate that the format should be the sole purveyors of sonic entertainment. However, I’ve done this playlist to see if Spotify can unconsciously help fulfill the need that exists for the promotion of new and “difficult” music.
I’m going to leave this list up for a while and then contact my friends and colleagues who are on it to see if they experienced any response at all from listeners who may have first heard their work on this list. I hope that some have been able to contact new listeners.
RIYL-ty Bytes is updated by a different artist each month. If you like something, save it to your library.
The story of Dylan Moon’s Only the Blues unfolds with “Hope Dog,” a showcase for the LA-based musician’s Lydia Davis–esque ability to move listeners incrementally through entire worlds. The clip, directed by Ellie Tremayne, is an animated lament for time wasted and a testimony to the resilience of the world that moves around us.
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Emily A. Sprague’s newly sequenced and mastered albums Water Memory and Mount Vision are out today, along with a new self-directed video for “Piano 2.” Through sound and poetry, Emily’s craft focuses on fleeting moments of crystalline clarity and meditates on expanded lifetimes of intricate meaning-making.
As much about the presence in youthful experimentation as the permanence of transition and maturation, Water Memory, originally released in 2017, is the first long-form instrumental music Emily ever channeled. Mount Vision, originally released in 2018, was conceived in a smaller window of time than its predecessor, the pure residue of intense emotional build up during a period of self-healing and unguarded reflection.
Previously issued as small editions of self-released cassettes, Emily’s two albums have been resequenced and mastered by Taylor Deupree in double LP and CD editions, each including previously unheard tracks. Emily celebrates the release of Water Memory / Mount Vision tonight at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, sharing a bill with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Sean Hellfritsch.
Watch the video for “Piano 2,” directed by Emily, below:
Following a limited vinyl edition in 2018, Oliver Coates’ arrangement of Pulitzer Prize-winning US composer John Luther Adams’ 2007 piece Canticles of the Sky appears for the first time across all formats.
In March 2017, Coates conducted 32 cellists in the UK premiere of the composition, displaying its intimacies after deeply communing with the trajectories of Adams’ fictional suns and moons, the guiding characters and carriers of the piece.
This recorded interpretation, performed by Coates for multi-layered solo cello, takes Canticles of the Sky to wondrous, dizzying new heights, envisaging Adams’ parallel dimension as an idealised construction. Marrying extra-musical studio techniques and meticulous arrangements to Coates’ fascination with early electronic synthesis (especially the work of Laurie Spiegel), the result offers an ultra-sensory take on classical string instrumentation.
Now available for purchase in digital formats here