Category Archives: Modern Composition

Luton ~ Black Box Animals

The vantage points may change, but the views are the same: the inside looking out.  The cover portrays the mouth of a cave; the video, a train and tunnel.  As one gazes at the great expanse, one thinks of a

Luton ~ Black Box Animals

The vantage points may change, but the views are the same: the inside looking out.  The cover portrays the mouth of a cave; the video, a train and tunnel.  As one gazes at the great expanse, one thinks of a

Various Artists ~ 1+1=X

In one sense, this generous boxed set has been a year in the making; in another, it’s been building for ten.  While Erased Tapes is actually 11 this year, 1+1=X is the finale of a long celebration, providing an opportunity to reflect

Various Artists ~ 1+1=X

In one sense, this generous boxed set has been a year in the making; in another, it’s been building for ten.  While Erased Tapes is actually 11 this year, 1+1=X is the finale of a long celebration, providing an opportunity to reflect

Marco Beltrami ~ A Quiet Place OST

Spoiler-free review!  (We’ll mention the ending of the soundtrack, but not of the movie.)  A Quiet Place is of special interest due to its concentration on silence and sound.  How would Marco Beltrami score it?  Unlike other films light on dialogue (Gravity, Castaway,

Marco Beltrami ~ A Quiet Place OST

Spoiler-free review!  (We’ll mention the ending of the soundtrack, but not of the movie.)  A Quiet Place is of special interest due to its concentration on silence and sound.  How would Marco Beltrami score it?  Unlike other films light on dialogue (Gravity, Castaway,

*Press A* ~ The Music of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Videogame soundtracks continue to rise in quality and prominence, with many now available digitally or physically to appreciate as stand-alone works. *Press A* is an article series on A Closer Listen celebrating the finest the medium has to offer, past

*Press A* ~ The Music of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Videogame soundtracks continue to rise in quality and prominence, with many now available digitally or physically to appreciate as stand-alone works. *Press A* is an article series on A Closer Listen celebrating the finest the medium has to offer, past

Echo Collective ~ Echo Collective Plays Amnesiac

We’re aware that this album may split audiences.  Last year, some of our readers were appalled that we liked We Stood Like Kings’ new score for Koyaanisqatsi.  This adaptation is even more assertive: an all-instrumental version of Radiohead’s Amnesiac.  Echo Collective‘s version

Echo Collective ~ Echo Collective Plays Amnesiac

We’re aware that this album may split audiences.  Last year, some of our readers were appalled that we liked We Stood Like Kings’ new score for Koyaanisqatsi.  This adaptation is even more assertive: an all-instrumental version of Radiohead’s Amnesiac.  Echo Collective‘s version

Clarice Jensen ~ For this from that will be filled

Our long, slow goodbye to beloved composer Jóhann Jóhannsson continues with the unveiling of Clarice Jensen‘s debut album; opener “bc” was composed together.  As the artistic director of ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble), Jensen worked with Jóhannsson over the last decade of his

Clarice Jensen ~ For this from that will be filled

Our long, slow goodbye to beloved composer Jóhann Jóhannsson continues with the unveiling of Clarice Jensen‘s debut album; opener “bc” was composed together.  As the artistic director of ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble), Jensen worked with Jóhannsson over the last decade of his

Zinovia Arvanitidi ~ Ivory

Happy Piano Day!  Piano Day was launched by Nils Frahm in 2015 and takes place on the 88th day of the year.  Many global events now take place on this day, along with album releases.  The Kitchen label has been

Zinovia Arvanitidi ~ Ivory

Happy Piano Day!  Piano Day was launched by Nils Frahm in 2015 and takes place on the 88th day of the year.  Many global events now take place on this day, along with album releases.  The Kitchen label has been