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All Sound is Music Ep. 38

This month’s show mixes some current ambient and electronic music with some classic experimental music. It’s a mix of pretty electronica and bleep/bloop musique concrete.

Notes on the music:
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Electric Skychurch – Soft Angels. Mainly the work of James Lamb, Electric Skychurch is based out of LA and gained recognition in the 90s for their trance-like compositions. They were a featured band in the documentary “Better Living through Circuitry.”

Bulent Arel – Prelude from Music for a Sacred Service. Arel was an early practitioner of electronic music. In 1959 he was invited to work at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, a hotbed for the cutting edge music of the time. In 1962 he worked with Edgard Varese on the electronic sections of Deserts, perhaps Varese’s most famous work. He also worked with John Cage and served as the first music director of Radio Ankara from 1951 to 1959

Children’s Ice Cream – By the Hand of God. Children’s Ice Cream was a little known Detroit space-rock band. This track is from the Third Man Records compilation Southeast of Saturn that sought out little known gems from little known bands.

Jean-Claude Risset – Mutations. As much scientist as composer and musician, Risset worked at Bell Labs developing computer music techniques and composing. He is credited with performing the first experiments on a number of synthesis techniques including FM synthesis and waveshaping. He is also known for creating a version of the famous Shepard tone, an auditory illusion where a sequence of notes appears to continue rising infinitely. The Shepard-Risset glissando smoothes out the transitions between the notes to create a more continous sounding rising tone. You may be familiar with the Shepard tone from the ending of Pink Floyd’s Echoes.

Avilente – The Silent Green. Like many artists, Avilente spent the covid lockdown making music. The Silent Green reflects that time.

Biosphere – Les Fleurs du mal (excerpt). Biosphere is a Norwegian ambient band who recorded this piece at the Polish Radio Experimental Studio. Founded in 1957, the studio was home to a wide range of Polish and foreign composers, including Krzysztof Penderecki. Sadly, the studio ceased operations in 2004.

Oblique – Sol. Also recorded during the Covid lockdown, Sol is another piece that explores the quietude and reflection of isolation.

Denis Ebehard aka Dennis Eberhard – Icon (excerpt). Ebehard won numerous grants and awards over his 30 year career as a composer. He composed both concert music and music for film and television. This piece was recorded at the Polish Radio Experimental Studio.

58918012 – Agony of Winter. 58918012 is the ambient music alias of Ukranian artist Yura. Of this music Yura says, it was “written during the dark, cold winter nights. That’s why it sounds so melancholic….”

Big Empty Field – Lower Wacker Drive. Based on the big island of Hawaii, Big Empty Field started as a trio of drums and two guitarists. Their mainly instrumental compositions explore the boundary between post-rock and ambient. (Tip-o-the-hat to fellow RRR DJ John Jackson for alerting me to this group.)

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All Sound is Music streams on the third Wednesday of each month at 8 pm MST on Rarity Rock Radio http://rarityrockradio.fm

Archives of past shows can be found at http://bit.ly/allsoundismusic

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