Posts Tagged: Preservation

ACL 2016: Top Ten Modern Composition

This year’s most competitive category overflows with life, even though some of its subject matter is death.  This is a golden era for modern composition, which borrows from its ancestors in classical music but pushes it forward for newer generations.

ACL 2016: Top Ten Modern Composition

This year’s most competitive category overflows with life, even though some of its subject matter is death.  This is a golden era for modern composition, which borrows from its ancestors in classical music but pushes it forward for newer generations.

Sophie Hutchings ~ Wide Asleep

When I reviewed Sydney pianist Sophie Hutchings‘ debut album Becalmed in 2010, I remarked that it was incredibly bold to start with an eleven and a half minute track (“Seventeen”, composed when the artist was that age).  Now on her fourth release,

Sophie Hutchings ~ Wide Asleep

When I reviewed Sydney pianist Sophie Hutchings‘ debut album Becalmed in 2010, I remarked that it was incredibly bold to start with an eleven and a half minute track (“Seventeen”, composed when the artist was that age).  Now on her fourth release,

ACL 2013: Top Ten Electronic

A quick glance around the few remaining outposts of the printed UK music press suggests that guitar bands are still very much ruling the roost, although it’s pretty obvious to anyone outside of a small coterie of indie-obsessed music hacks

ACL 2013: Top Ten Electronic

A quick glance around the few remaining outposts of the printed UK music press suggests that guitar bands are still very much ruling the roost, although it’s pretty obvious to anyone outside of a small coterie of indie-obsessed music hacks

Deep Magic ~ Reflections of Most Forgotten Love

Alex Gray’s latest album skitters and eases itself through the outskirts of the mind, in peripheral antique shops where piles of postcards create an impression of a life that may or may not have happened. It all remains suspiciously familiar.

Deep Magic ~ Reflections of Most Forgotten Love

Alex Gray’s latest album skitters and eases itself through the outskirts of the mind, in peripheral antique shops where piles of postcards create an impression of a life that may or may not have happened. It all remains suspiciously familiar.

Olan Mill ~ Hiraeth

The second phase of Olan Mill continues with Hiraeth, an album that complements last year’s Home in timbre while balancing it in subject.  A rough translation of the Welsh title is “homesickness for a home to which you cannot return”.  Reflecting this concept, the sounds

Olan Mill ~ Hiraeth

The second phase of Olan Mill continues with Hiraeth, an album that complements last year’s Home in timbre while balancing it in subject.  A rough translation of the Welsh title is “homesickness for a home to which you cannot return”.  Reflecting this concept, the sounds

ACL 2012: The Top 20 Albums of the Year

Thousands of releases, hundreds of reviews, and it all comes down to this: the Top Twenty instrumental and experimental releases of 2012.  This isn’t just the one percent; it’s a small percent of a percent, the cream of the crop.

ACL 2012: The Top 20 Albums of the Year

Thousands of releases, hundreds of reviews, and it all comes down to this: the Top Twenty instrumental and experimental releases of 2012.  This isn’t just the one percent; it’s a small percent of a percent, the cream of the crop.

ACL 2012: Top Ten Modern Composition

The Modern Composition genre is the heir to the Classical: music composed for piano, brass, strings or orchestra.  One might expect to encounter these artists in churches and other resonant spaces designed for full musical palettes and rich timbral shades.

ACL 2012: Top Ten Modern Composition

The Modern Composition genre is the heir to the Classical: music composed for piano, brass, strings or orchestra.  One might expect to encounter these artists in churches and other resonant spaces designed for full musical palettes and rich timbral shades.