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Morton Feldman

For John Cage

Aisha Orazbayeva

Mark Knoop

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Excerpt from For John Cage

Feldman’s 75-minute work dedicated to his friend John Cage was written in 1982. In this new version, Aisha Orazbayeva (violin) and Mark Knoop (piano) set out to draw the listener into the charged space between the performers. More about For John Cage.

Matthew Shlomowitz

Avant Muzak

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Håkon Stene

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Excerpt from Popular Contexts 8: Session Drummer

In this new survey, Matthew Shlomowitz continues to explore the composition of ‘a real-world scene with a musical component in it’. He melds samples and field recordings with instrumental ensemble and percussion to uncanny and often irreverent effect. More about Avant Muzak.

Séverine Ballon

inconnaissance

Séverine Ballon

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Excerpt from cloches fendues 1

Well known as a commissioner and interpreter of new repertoire for the cello, this is Séverine Ballon’s debut disc as a composer. The eight tracks emerged from her long-standing discipline of improvisation, and display an intense interiority and an undeniable physicality. More about inconnaissance.

Milton Babbitt

Philomel

Juliet Fraser

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Excerpt from Philomel

‘Lost, lost in the wooded night,’ bruised and speechless, Philomel begins her song. Composed in 1964 for voice and pre-recorded 4-channel surround sound, Babbitt’s sound-world is one of disorientation, dislocation and, ultimately, transformation. Mastered for headphone listening in surround-sound binaural format. More about Philomel.

Luigi Nono

La fabbrica illuminata

Loré Lixenberg

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Excerpt from La fabbrica illuminata

La fabbrica illuminata was conceived as a new form of ‘virtual sonic theatre’ that would expose the ‘lives in danger of fetishisation by technology’. Composed in 1964 for voice and 4-channel surround sound, Nono entwines the noise of factory plants and workers’ voices with pre-recorded and live soprano. Mastered for headphone listening in surround-sound binaural format. More about La fabbrica illuminata.

Tim Parkinson

Piano music 2015-16

Mark Knoop

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Excerpt from 2016 Last Piece, piano piece 2015 and 2016 No.2

The piano pieces on this recording were composed between the summer of 2015 and the end of 2016. Tim Parkinson’s personal history with the instrument, and the way his music sometimes alights on familiar figurations or scatters them, feeds into bigger questions about what it means to continue to write piano music in the twenty-first century. More about Piano music 2015-16.

Cassandra Miller

Songs about singing

Juliet Fraser

Plus-Minus Ensemble

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Excerpt from Traveller Song, Tracery : Lazy, Rocking and Bel Canto

Voices cut across our inner and external experiences. In this first CD to feature exclusively the vocal music of Cassandra Miller, we encounter a variety of these voices, from those that we imitate, to those we hum along to, to those that emerge unbidden. More about Songs about singing.

Georgia Rodgers

A to B | Late lines

Serge Vuille

Séverine Ballon

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Excerpt from A to B and Late lines

These two works by Georgia Rodgers place the activity of a soloist under a sonic microscope, using amplification to render tiny performance details larger-than-life. Computer processing leads to the instrumental sound being layered with itself, creating new spaces and trajectories, and confusing the distinction between ‘source’ and ‘environment’. Mastered for headphone listening in surround-sound binaural format. More about A to B | Late lines.

Karlheinz Stockhausen

KONTAKTE

George Barton

Siwan Rhys

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Excerpt from KONTAKTE

This recording of Stockhausen’s KONTAKTE (realised 1958-60 and enticingly catalogued in this version for electronic sounds, piano and percussion as ‘Nr. 12 ½’) captures in high-definition the technicolour ‘contacts’ between instrumental and electronic sounds and the many and varied forms of spatial motion that a listener experiences in live, immersive performances of the work. Performed by GBSR duo from memory and mastered for headphone listening in surround-sound binaural format. More about KONTAKTE.