Category Avant Garde

Bradford Terrence Ellis–Tooka-Ood Zasch

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.

Vernacular

Cellist Saeunn Thorstensdottir plays these very abstract solo pieces by Icelandic composers. Plucking, squeaking and other sounds. Halgrimsson’s lyrical. Play!

Just National Guitar

John Schneider performs these great just intonation pieces by Lou Harrison, Tom Johnson and others. Yate’s works more folk, with voice.

Maurizio Pisati–Set7

Abstract classical guitar, solo and with accompaniment, some voice. Play!

Nick Revel–Letters to My Future Self

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!

Frederic D’Haene– Music with Silent Aitake’s

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

Michael Byron–Fabric for String Noise

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.

Fausto Romitelli–Solare

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!

Lei Liang–A Thousand Mountains

Asian inflected, very eerie, strings- forward with ethereal and jarring parts, inspired by nature and humanities impact on people, nature and spirituality. Play most!

Paul Elwood–Emissions Transparents

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!

Samuel Andreyev–Music with No Edges

Otherworldly, eerie, weird, highly varied works for acoustic instruments (no electronics!) with winds, percussion and strings. Play most!

Steve Reich–Drumming

Originally composed for 12 musicians  in 1971, Kuniko Kato here plays all parts, including voice–bongos, marimba, glockenspiel and piccolo. Sample!

D. J. Sparr–Electric Bands

Based with electric guitar, these are varied  pieces with voice, string, and  some electronics. “Earthcaster Suite” excellent!

Hard Core

Abstract works for strings, percussion, flute and/or piano by Boulez, Carter and Ishii. Play most!

Craün – III [Hush Hush]

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 […]

Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement – Venus Flytrap Exotica [Editions Gravats]

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 […]

Matthew Burtner–Glacier Music

Water sounds and added sonification of dying glaciers–ambient, sad and beautiful. Play!

Gene Pritsker–Eclectic Music Extravaganza Live

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.

Alvin Curran–Endangered Species

Taking art songs, traditionals, etc. rendered fairly cacaphonous with all kinds of sounds, noises, voices of all kinds.

George Crumb–Makrokosmos I-III

Abstract, forceful works for amplified piano, percussion, some voice. “III” quite lyrical. Play!

Series Noir

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!

The Scene of the Crime

A collection of pieces for trumpet with percussion, ranging from abstract, to highly lyrical marimba! Duddell’s and Brostrom’s works particularly nice!

Aaron Siegel–A Great Many

For percussion and clarinet, one piece 24 mins. long, lyrical, ambient.

Transient Canvas–Wired

Mostly slow, quiet and abstract works for marimba and bass clarinet. Play!

Saariaho X Koh

Finnish composer uses harmonics, microtones–abstract, wandering. Play most!