Category Avant Garde


1976–Self-TitledRelease date: 20210514Label: AudibleRating: 5/5 1976 is a collection of twelve tracks produced by Martin Goltermann. I decided to focus on the texture of tracks of interest because I’ve noticed that not many reviews go into depth like that. 2 conjures a country drive on a cold fall day, leaves scattering in the wind. 4 […]

Mind & Machine

For a variety of instruments and electronics, some lyrical others fairly electronic, one with theremin sounds.

Gina Biver–Nimbus

For voice, poetry and electro-acoustic accompaniment–nice music.

Wesley Fuller–Seven by Seven

Works spanning 50 yrs, originating with tape and acoustic instruments– sci fi sound

Against Method

Works by younger composers, varied and abstract for winds, strings and/or guitar. Play!

Scott Lee–Through the Mangrove Tunnels

Mixing jazz, avant/classical, contemporary works inspired by the swamps in Florida. Nice!

Kari Ikonen–Impressions, Improvisations & Compositions

Pure improvisations or some compositions inspired by art, blues and Japanese music. Play!

Music from SEAMUS vol. 29

Society of Electro-acoustic music composers–a variety of sounds, from bird like to weird electronics.

D.J. Sparr–Hard Metal Cantus

Wildly different works, from lyrical/classical to raucous electric guitar and electronics.

Ennio Morricone–Segreto

Un-used or alternative takes of music by Morricone for films–psychedelic and original! Enjoy!

Mike Frengel–Music for Guitar & Electronics

Varied, decidedly avant and abstract works, but some country pieces!

Anna Thorvalsdottir–Rhizoma

Rumbling, dark, slow works, very abstract, for winds,percussion and string ensemble.

Dorothy Hindman–Blow by Blow

Abstract and varied works for wind and percussion. Some beautiful pieces!


Combining Korean and western instruments, definitely different aural explorations–abstract. Performed by gamin.

Strings & Hammers

The McCormick Percussion Group performs these fairly abstract works, some with slow start, most longer than 5 mins. Play most!

George Lewis–Rainbow Family

First recorded in 1984, a live performance of electronic music instruments, improvising with computer.

Chris Brown–Some Center

Poetry put to abstract music with 43 tone tuning…

Matthew Burtner–Six Ecoacoustic Quintets

Percussion/electronics/voice, pieces inspired by natural themes.

Alan Braufman – The Fire Still Burns [Valley of Search]

After the alto saxophonist recorded his debut record in 1975, he went into a period of sideman work and eventually reemerged with this 2020 effort including original pianist Cooper-Moore. Out of the world, fiery barn burners are juxtaposed with sweet melodies. Well rounded and a beautiful work!

Thomas Meadowcroft–The Great Knot

Australian composer inspired by the distances there, and by “cheap” instruments not used in art music–drum machines, old tapes, etc. Long, somewhat droning works.

Jordan Dykstra

The composer is seeking to create new sounds from exploring multiplying harmonic series which leads to more notes. What results seems to be vibrating, droning, all made by a variety of instruments. Sample.

Tomas Gueglio–Duermavela

Very abstract, avant works for various instruments, interesting!

Hubert Howe–Harmonic and Inharmonic Fantasies

Computer works exploring the parts of sounds: overtones, partials and whether harmonic (pitch) or inharmonic (individual sounds). Generally meandering, ambient, but some dissonance.

Flute XXI

Excellent collection of Italian composers’ modern works for a variety of flutes. Play!

Patricia Brennan – Maquishti [Valley of Search]

Gorgeous solo vibraphone with effects brought forth by Nabil Ayers and Alan Braufman’s new label Valley of Search. Indeed there is a searching element here and what that is so dreamy. Not a dull moment.