Category Archives: Modern Composition

Valgeir Sigurðsson ~ Interview

Leading up to this Friday’s release of Dissonance, we check in with Valgeir Sigurðsson to unlock the secrets of the new album. The composer speaks about the genesis of his music as well as current conditions in Iceland and the mood of the world.

Valgeir Sigurðsson ~ Interview

Leading up to this Friday’s release of Dissonance, we check in with Valgeir Sigurðsson to unlock the secrets of the new album. The composer speaks about the genesis of his music as well as current conditions in Iceland and the mood of the world.

Valgeir Sigurðsson ~ Dissonance

The inner sleeve appears to portray the artist striding from darkness into light, but look again; the inside of the hanger is illuminated, while the outdoor light is fading.  The album was conceived during “the most extreme four years of Sigurðsson’s

Valgeir Sigurðsson ~ Dissonance

The inner sleeve appears to portray the artist striding from darkness into light, but look again; the inside of the hanger is illuminated, while the outdoor light is fading.  The album was conceived during “the most extreme four years of Sigurðsson’s

Christoph Berg | Henning Schmiedt ~ Bei

Bei is improvised music that sounds composed; complex music that sounds simple; serious music that sounds fun.  The duo of Christoph Berg (violin) and Henning Schmiedt (piano) confounds at every turn: pleasantly, peacefully, precociously. Schmiedt has been recording for 20 years, and has preserved

Christoph Berg | Henning Schmiedt ~ Bei

Bei is improvised music that sounds composed; complex music that sounds simple; serious music that sounds fun.  The duo of Christoph Berg (violin) and Henning Schmiedt (piano) confounds at every turn: pleasantly, peacefully, precociously. Schmiedt has been recording for 20 years, and has preserved

Wataru Sato ~ midnight solitude

There’s only one proper time and way to write this review: midnight, alone.  In this hour of introspection, there’s room for contemplation, for dreaming, for regret, for hope.  But I’m not completely alone; the music of Wataru Sato provides the company. Some may

Wataru Sato ~ midnight solitude

There’s only one proper time and way to write this review: midnight, alone.  In this hour of introspection, there’s room for contemplation, for dreaming, for regret, for hope.  But I’m not completely alone; the music of Wataru Sato provides the company. Some may

Olivier Alary ~ Fiction/Non-Fiction

A certain sadness permeates Olivier Alary‘s works for film, many of which are collected here for the first time.  But this doesn’t mean the composer is sad; he simply knows how to score the emotion.  One film is about a family

Olivier Alary ~ Fiction/Non-Fiction

A certain sadness permeates Olivier Alary‘s works for film, many of which are collected here for the first time.  But this doesn’t mean the composer is sad; he simply knows how to score the emotion.  One film is about a family

Iceland Symphony Orchestra ~ Recurrence

A sense of wonder develops when one realizes one is listening to one of the year’s best albums.  This takes a while to solidify ~ first impressions are hard to trust ~ but by the tenth play or so, it hardens.

Iceland Symphony Orchestra ~ Recurrence

A sense of wonder develops when one realizes one is listening to one of the year’s best albums.  This takes a while to solidify ~ first impressions are hard to trust ~ but by the tenth play or so, it hardens.

Hauschka ~ What If

There is a unattributed comment about the first Roxy Music album, saying that it contained about a dozen possible futures (it is usually credited to Eno, but I can’t find any evidence for its origins). The concept behind What If

Hauschka ~ What If

There is a unattributed comment about the first Roxy Music album, saying that it contained about a dozen possible futures (it is usually credited to Eno, but I can’t find any evidence for its origins). The concept behind What If