Category Avant Garde
Abstract, meandering, ambient pieces for solo piano or a mix of percussion, vibraphone, bass. Play!
Sonic and tonal explorations, intermingling, droning, expressing how sounds can be difficult to individualize, just like the color spectrum and its shades. The Dedalus Ensemble performs (elec. guitar, winds, strings, voice).
The Prism Quartet with the Conservatory Wind Symphony Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City perform this Asian-influenced work, both lyrical and dissonant.
Very interesting percussion works (cow bell, cymbals drums, etc.)–lyrical, and delicate predominantly. Play!
Prism Quartet and Mr. Ellis perform this one piece–jungle sounds morph into sax quartet with drums and marching band like rhythms continuing to change into other sound patterns.
Cellist Saeunn Thorstensdottir plays these very abstract solo pieces by Icelandic composers. Plucking, squeaking and other sounds. Halgrimsson’s lyrical. Play!
John Schneider performs these great just intonation pieces by Lou Harrison, Tom Johnson and others. Yate’s works more folk, with voice.
Abstract classical guitar, solo and with accompaniment, some voice. Play!
A 30 yr old composer has made pieces for his 50 yr old self with his viola–a soundscape constantly changing, with hidden message in Morse Code! Curious, witty, abstract. Play!
Mr. D’Haene describes his musical composition technique as “paradoxophony”–“elements from all kinds of backgrounds that can work together in a mutually reinforcing way.” This CD combines western instruments with the Japanese gagaku orchestra and has lots of droning–very abstract
Two parts of “Fabric for String Noise” aptly titled– violins are squeaky, almost discordant. The 3rd piece, “Dragon Rite” for double bass is droning, minimalist.
Very abstract pieces for guitar mixing plucking, tapping and other percussive sounds. One raucous piece for electric guitar aptly titled “Trash TV Trance” and other pieces including recorder/Paetzold flute. Play most!
Asian inflected, very eerie, strings- forward with ethereal and jarring parts, inspired by nature and humanities impact on people, nature and spirituality. Play most!
Very avant, wild, folkish works for banjo, percussion and/or piano, voice, electric guitar. Definitely different and inventive, careening from fun to cacaphony. Play/sample!
Otherworldly, eerie, weird, highly varied works for acoustic instruments (no electronics!) with winds, percussion and strings. Play most!
Originally composed for 12 musicians in 1971, Kuniko Kato here plays all parts, including voice–bongos, marimba, glockenspiel and piccolo. Sample!
Based with electric guitar, these are varied pieces with voice, string, and some electronics. “Earthcaster Suite” excellent!
Abstract works for strings, percussion, flute and/or piano by Boulez, Carter and Ishii. Play most!
Do you like ambient music? This 5 track headphone cinema from Australian-based musician and sound designer Aris Hatzidakis is a good test. Composed as a musical gift to his daughter, the title reflects his growing family: husband, wife, and now child. This stuff is pure relaxation. Music for knitting, naps, or petting cats. Enjoy. Release […]
The name alone makes for an intriguing proposition: Venus Flytrap Exotica by Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement. Do I really want to know more? What the heck is this gonna sound like? With only two tracks, the total run time here is just over 7 minutes, but that’s still enough to whet your appetite for weird voodoo […]
Water sounds and added sonification of dying glaciers–ambient, sad and beautiful. Play!
Wild, genre-mixing avant with jazz, classical, rock and electronic, shout voice. Trk 7 FCC in title at least. Lyrics were difficult for me to understand.
Taking art songs, traditionals, etc. rendered fairly cacaphonous with all kinds of sounds, noises, voices of all kinds.
Abstract, forceful works for amplified piano, percussion, some voice. “III” quite lyrical. Play!
TV and movie theme songs performed by sax with harp and electronics. Lots of ambient, meandering pieces by well-recognized composers–Glass, Richter, Des Plat, Zimmer…Play most!