Category Avant Garde

Nocturnes and Lullabies

Some of these are fairly tense and strident for piano nocturnes, all contemporary and interesting!

Svetlana Bukvich–Extension

Electronic/mixed media works inspired for contemporary dance–with voice, drones, ambient soundscapes.

Drew Whiting–In Lights Starkly Different

Ranging from loud, abrupt to lyrical, abstract works for saxophone and electronics. Play most!

Glossolalia/Lines on Black–Wet Ink Ensemble

Works by two composers who are members of Wet Ink Ensemble, Alex Mincek and Sam Pluta, highly abstract with group collaboration/improvisation for flutes, sax, piano, percussion, electronics, voice and violin. Play!

Dan Trueman–Songs That Are Hard to Sing

Really interesting works for strings and percussion/bit klavier, a little microtonal. Sample!

Robot Koch–The Next Billion Years

Ambient, electronic/techno + strings/drums/winds. Excellent!

vox/viola

All contemporary works for viola with the violist singing/ talking or other vocal sounds, some almost sound Baroque. Interesting!

Jackson Greenberg–First Light

Two pieces, the first one ambient and flowing for orchestra, the second for voice, in German, telling the poem of the Panther by Rainer Rilke.

Pantha du Prince–Conference of Trees

Henrik Weber, primary composer of Pantha du Prince, with works for electronics and percussion, variable styles ranging from minimalist to classical. Play!

Henri Pousseur–Works for Flute

Mostly abstract, lyrical pieces for 1-3 flutes, except 2 works with electronics that are not so lyrical. Play most!

Horatio Radulescu–The Complete Cello Works

Finding connections with music/math and other arts, sound units/vibrations for cello and piano.

Chinary Ung Volume 4–Space Between Heaven and Earth

Cambodian composer seeks to alleviate suffering with his music which he describes as “futuristic folk music”, combining Asian and western elemets. Sample

Heard in Havana

Performed in Havana by Third Sound, highly varying contemporary works flute/strings/piano. Play!

Vox

Flute-based Heare Ensemble plays highly varying works from classical to more avant-garde. Nice!

TR/ST – The Destroyer – 2 [Grouch/House Arrest]

Three months after the release of Robert Alfons sequel album and the emails from promoters pushing it just won’t stop! Pronounced “Trust”, The Destroyer – 2 is darkness done oh so well; an intriguing blend of 80’s new wave, modern electro and ambient layering. Sorry, but they’ve sold out of cassette tapes according to the […]

yMusic–Extatic Science

Contemporary, classical but with varied elements of other genres and rhythms. Play!

Derek Charke–Bathymetric Terrains

Flute + guitar on themes of topography, water, climate with electronics and voice, lyrical!

Anne Neikirk–Spring Shadows

Abstract, mostly lyrical works for sax, flute, harp or percussion, with subtle electronics

Charles Amirkhanian–Loudspeakers

Pianola/player piano and MIDI and text-sound pieces with electronics and voices.

Kate Amrine–This Is My Letter to the World

Trumpet-based pieces with inspiration/words on political issues, abortion, climate change…

Clickable–The Art of Persuasion

Flute and percussion (vibes, marimba etc) with words covering the topics of social media, novels, ads and folk stories.

Diana Cemeryte–Recorder & Accordion

For recorder and/or accordion, some discordance/loudness vs. almost lyrical.

Miguel Farias–Up and Down

For a variety of instruments (winds, percussion, voice, electronics), varying works with plucks, stops, beats and other sounds from the instruments. Sample.

Devonté Hynes – Queen & Slim (Original Motion Picture Score) [Domino]

The artist more widely known as Blood Orange throws a Ken Burns effect on his production technique for the score to 2019 American romantic drama film Queen & Slim. Having no real knowledge of the film, one would expect an emotionally evocative viewing experience based on the soundtrack. Melancholy and drawn out are the piano, […]

Joanna Bailie–Artificial Environments

Taking urban sounds and manipulating with time and electronics, including street, train and  other environments.