Tag Archives: Cold Blue Music
Using sounds recorded in Alaska, aeolian harp droning.
Ambient, machine sounds on self-designed/built instruments.
Ambient, haunting vocals & strings inspired by the Arctic tundra. Play!
Murmuring voices, later some piano/violin/flute.
Staccato, minimalist solo piano, abstract vs. lyrical. Play most!
Two long string quartets inspired by walking the world–droning, ambient.
Based on hymns of William Billings (1770), Baroque yet contemporary string quartets with over dub.. Sample!
Harp and digital effects–nice! Sample!
One 15 min. piece for vibraphone, with minimalist elements, yet traveling and changing. Play!
Beautiful, very lyrical, quiet celesta pieces. Play all!
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.
These are slow, ambient, similar, restful pieces for gongs and tam-tam, as the subtitle suggests. Play!
One single piece for strings, ambient, building slowly over time. Sample!
28 min. piano piece with layered echos. Ranges from droning to clear. Sample.
Electric guitar with other instruments (horns, piano cello). Play or sample!
A mix of pieces for string quartet, mostly quite accessible and modern!
One long piece for prepared piano (bolts, screws, rubber, paper, cardboard) utilizing the whole keyboard and its percussive ability.
Electric violin with computer and electronics–very spacey and sci-fi! Sample!
One long ambient, piece with metal sound sculptures and guitar. Sample.
One 22 minute piece for harp, slowly building. Sample.
A mix of pieces for solo piano–trk 1 is forceful, other tracks quieter and more lyrical.
Mr. Adams’ follow-up to his Pulitzer winning album Become Ocean, is also minimalist, eerie, dark and beautiful. String quartet with cello ensemble, only open strings used in an attempt to copy the Aeolian harp. Play!
Mostly gracious, elegant, flowing and delicate piano pieces that build rhythmically. Sample or play most!
Mysterious, slow, sad works for cello & piano. Beautiful! Play!
Mostly very short avant-garde works for a variety of instruments (piano, cello, prepared guitar, voice, metals) and sounds (wind, cars, water) ranging from noisy to eerie to lyrical.