Category Avant Garde

Ted Coffey–Works for Dance

Pieces composed for dances, ambient sounds, computer noises, some droning. Trk 5 cacaphonous. Advertisements

Kyle Gann–Hyperchromatica

Avant and just intonation solo and triple piano pieces, computerized. Interesting, not much atonality. Play!

Poppy Ackroyd – Resolve [One Little Indian Records]

This English artist and member of Hidden Orchestra is classically trained on piano and violin. Her music is made from basically just these two instruments, which is impressive considering the depth of sound garnered. Like your morning coffee, it’s very pleasant from start to finish. Release Date: 2/2/2018 RIYL: Emancipator, Hidden Orchestra Play: All  

Anthony Cheung–Cycles and Arrows

Very abstract, varying pieces both with lyricism and dissonance. Play most!

Zack Browning–Soul Doctrine

Really interesting pieces, abstract, a bit atonal, nice instrumental mix. Play!

Kyle Gann–Custer and Sitting Bull

A one voice opera with Native American music, based on Custer meeting Sitting Bull. Also other pieces for voice and electronics.

Stephen Yip–Whispering Fragrance

Abstract mix of Asian and Western music with guzheng and sax amongst other instruments. Play!

Michael Wittgraf–Manifold

Guitar-based pieces both lyrical/abstract, with computer and/or voice. Play!

George Crumb– Metamorphoses (Book I)

Solo piano pieces inspired by famous paintings and “five pieces for piano”. Play most!


Violin with electronics, echoes,  generally abstract with some atonality. Play most!

Kevin Kastning–Ethereal II

Improvisations with electric guitar, percussion and 36 string guitar–ambient. Play!

Christopher Trapani–Waterlines

Interesting mix of instruments (strings, voice, piano, electric guitar) and rhythms. Play!


Acoustic or electric guitar pieces from Renaissance to contemporary. Play!

The Music of Gina Biver

Longish pieces for a nice mix of instruments including marimba, electric guitar and strings. Play/sample most!


Brothers  Sebastian and Daniel Selke (Ceeys) composed Interesting  ambient pieces for cello/electronic piano conveying the sombre atmosphere of East Berlin before and after the fall of the Wall. Play!

Dmitry Tymoczko–Fools & Angels

With various vocal groups and instrumental ensembles, abstract, contemporary pieces in the style of Renaissance.


Solo cello/electronic pieces by young Mexican composers–classical/avant–some quite lovely. Play most!

Yves Tumor – Safe in the Hands of Love [Warp]

On his first project with Warp Records, the mysterious Tennessee born experimentalist takes listeners on a fascinating, bleeding-edge journey around contemporary Indie music. So many genres blended together into one glorious melting pot– Absolute now. Release Date: 9/5/2018 Play: 1, 2, 3, 4 RIYL: Carla Dal Forno, Sinkane, Jessy Lanza, Oneohtrix Point Never  


Aizuri Quartet performs abstract, new pieces written for them, all American composers, ranging from intense, to quiet. Play most!

John Cage–The Works for Piano vol. 10

Staccato, abrupt changes, forceful banging, very abstract but accessible solo piano.

Connor Youngblood – Cheyenne

Soft, melodic indie sound. Great ambiance. Label: Counter Records Play: 2, 5, 8, 10, 13 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes

EOS Guitar Quartet–20+

Covering 20 yrs of recordings, these include a variety of genres: Jazz, New Age, world, avant and classical. Play most!

Scott Barton–Stylistic Alchemies

HIghly electronic, abstract works for guitar, some voice, strings. Interesting!

Bruno Giner–Chamber Music

Raucous works for an interesting mix of instruments, most long. Sample.

Zeno Baldi–Bonsai

Somewhat atonal, abstract and electronic works for varied instruments and effects. Interesting! Play!