Category Archives: Modern Composition

Dan Joseph’s Electroacoustic Works: Birdwatching in Levi’s with John Cage

Who’s Afraid of Electroacoustic Music? prevails as the industry response to electronic-oriented works within the classical music world. When used as a tool by the daily consumer, technology stands unquestioned; but when used as a compositional method by the daring composer,

Dan Joseph’s Electroacoustic Works: Birdwatching in Levi’s with John Cage

Who’s Afraid of Electroacoustic Music? prevails as the industry response to electronic-oriented works within the classical music world. When used as a tool by the daily consumer, technology stands unquestioned; but when used as a compositional method by the daring composer,

Balmorhea ~ Clear Language

What a long, strange trip it’s been ~ the musical travels of Austin’s Rob Lowe and Michael Muller (Balmorhea), who over the course of a decade have come full circle, only to discover that the place they left has changed.  Clear

Balmorhea ~ Clear Language

What a long, strange trip it’s been ~ the musical travels of Austin’s Rob Lowe and Michael Muller (Balmorhea), who over the course of a decade have come full circle, only to discover that the place they left has changed.  Clear

Astrïd & Rachel Grimes ~ Through the Sparkle

Those who miss Rachel’s will be pleased by the new collaboration between pianist Rachel Grimes and French collective Astrïd.  The latter provides the post-rock boost that was missing from prior Grimes albums, while the former provides the elegant tone that pushes the

Astrïd & Rachel Grimes ~ Through the Sparkle

Those who miss Rachel’s will be pleased by the new collaboration between pianist Rachel Grimes and French collective Astrïd.  The latter provides the post-rock boost that was missing from prior Grimes albums, while the former provides the elegant tone that pushes the

Nadia Sirota ~ Tessellatum

Award-winning violist Nadia Sirota has been many things: the host of NPR’s Meet the Composer, a member of yMusic and Alarm Will Sound, a spokesperson for modern composition.  With Tessellatum, she becomes something else:  fun.  One look at the video for “Letter O”, with its

Nadia Sirota ~ Tessellatum

Award-winning violist Nadia Sirota has been many things: the host of NPR’s Meet the Composer, a member of yMusic and Alarm Will Sound, a spokesperson for modern composition.  With Tessellatum, she becomes something else:  fun.  One look at the video for “Letter O”, with its

Adrian Lane ~ Playing With Ghosts

Perhaps the most important thing to say about this album is that it does not sound like The Caretaker.  We write this because the comparisons have been made to such an extent that readers may have already made the association.  Each composer

Adrian Lane ~ Playing With Ghosts

Perhaps the most important thing to say about this album is that it does not sound like The Caretaker.  We write this because the comparisons have been made to such an extent that readers may have already made the association.  Each composer

Stephen Whittington / Zephyr Quartet ~ Windmill

With its trio of August releases, Cold Blue Music reaches the milestone of 50.  The label is known as the home of John Luther Adams, but there’s a lot more talent on its roster.  Australian composer Stephen Whittington is a prime

Stephen Whittington / Zephyr Quartet ~ Windmill

With its trio of August releases, Cold Blue Music reaches the milestone of 50.  The label is known as the home of John Luther Adams, but there’s a lot more talent on its roster.  Australian composer Stephen Whittington is a prime

Falling Into Birds ~ S/T

The cover is intriguing.  The angles are askew, the focus is fuzzy, and birds and eggs decorate the distorted landscape.  Then there’s that duck, whose eyes lie on one side of its head like a flatfish.  The message: this isn’t

Falling Into Birds ~ S/T

The cover is intriguing.  The angles are askew, the focus is fuzzy, and birds and eggs decorate the distorted landscape.  Then there’s that duck, whose eyes lie on one side of its head like a flatfish.  The message: this isn’t