RIYL-ty Bytes: Craig Leon

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.

Best,
Craig

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Craig Leon – Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2: The Cannon – May 10, 2019

Craig Leon revisits the extraterrestrial origins of civilization on Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2: The Canon. Picking up where the pioneering electronic albums Nommos and Visiting (Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1) left off, The Canon traces the imparted knowledge of alien visitors as it spread from Africa across the ancient world. Co-produced and featuring vocals by Cassell Webb, the pair engage a sonic pallet familiar from Vol. 1, updated with ecstatic contemporary sound and synthesis, creating a propulsive, exploratory album of cosmic lore and speculative anthropology.

Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2: The Canon is out May 10, 2019 on LP, CD, and Digital formats. Learn more, and pre-order at the shop ~

Blondes and Craig Leon in Krakow for Unsound Festival

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For those in Krákow this week, don’t miss two special performances from the RVNG family.

Craig Leon hosts a discussion panelon Friday Oct. 17, 13:00, at the Goethe-Institut.

On Saturday night, Blondes play Hotel Forum, part of The Ticket That Exploded Pt. 2, an all-night affair alongside The Bug, Joey Anderson, Kassem Mosse, and more.

The next and final eve, Sunday at 19h, Craig’s back alongside players from the Sinfonettia Cracovia for a live orchestral recreation of Nommos. Freshly curated live visuals as well. Reserve a spot at ICE Krakow.

Craig Leon – ‘One Hundred Steps’ – Moogfest and Le Poisson Rouge Performances

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craig leon’s seminal solo albums nommos and visiting have been re-mastered and expanded in to one continuous album, anthology of interplanetary folk music vol. 1. pre-order a copy of the 2xlp (clear or black) at the store, listen to ‘one hundred steps’ below:

craig leon will perform nommos at moogfest as part of the rvng intl showcase and le poisson rouge in april. full info + dates below:

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