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A Very New Sounds Christmas (Eve)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Twas the night before Christmas, and all on New Sounds, John Schaefer has collected music for the season, in the vein of the strange and unusual.  From the inventive Respect Sextet, hear several arrangements of well-chosen and lesser-known tunes from the record, "Respect in Yule."  The selections include a holiday classic by the Band, "Christmas Must Be Tonight," an Ethiopian-inspired arrangement of a Herbert Howells choral piece, "A Spotless Rose," with help from the Ensemble Signal, and an arrangement of Sir John Tavener's "The Lamb," with the JACK Quartet.  Also, hear Tavener's original, "The Lamb," along with twisted songs by The Real Tuesday Weld and Sufjan Stevens. 

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New Sounds

A Very New Sounds Christmas (Eve)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Twas the night before Christmas, and on New Sounds, John Schaefer has collected music for the season, in the vein of the strange and unusual.  From the inventive Respect Sextet, hear several arrangements of well-chosen and lesser-known tunes from the record, "Respect in Yule."  The selections include a holiday classic by the Band, "Christmas Must Be Tonight," an Ethiopian-inspired arrangement of a Herbert Howells choral piece, "A Spotless Rose," with help from the Ensemble Signal, and an arrangement of Sir John Tavener's "The Lamb," with the JACK Quartet.  Also, hear Tavener's original, "The Lamb," along with twisted songs by The Real Tuesday Weld and Sufjan Stevens. 

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Ben Frost, Compositional Doom

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Australian-born, Iceland-based composer and sound artist Ben Frost shares his ghostly and paranoid new release "By The Throat."  Frost has brought a number of collaborators on board, including composer Nico Muhly, Swedish metal band Crowpath, Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara and all-female Icelandic string quartet Amiina to help create this music of the foreground.

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Dark Ambient Electronica

Sunday, February 05, 2012

For this New Sounds, we'll listen to some electronic music from Iceland by the Australian-born composer Ben Frost.  Dark acoustically generated guitar and piano textures are expertly combined with electronically processed stabs and eruptions on Frost's record "By the Throat."  Plus, there's ambient post-rock music from Mountains, and some of Wendy Carlos' "Sonic Seasonings" from the early 70s, featuring the found sounds of wolves.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Moody Manipulation and Snowy Sentiment fill 'Sólaris'

Thursday, December 29, 2011

With winter officially here, there's no better time than to slip into Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason's imagined score for Andrey Tarkovsky's haunting film Solaris. Read on for more information and to snag a free download, this week only, of "Reyja."

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