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Perfect Classical Music Mashup Merges 52 Famous Songs Into One Amazing Track

In this brilliant mashup of classical music, Grant Woolard manages to turn 52 masterpieces from 31 famous composers into a single track that anyone, even those who claim to hate classical music, will end up playing on repeat for days to come.

Chamber Ensemble Stasis

Like the earlier Christina Vantzou piece covered here (“Going Backwards to Recover That Which Was Left Behind,” back in January), her “Brain Fog” is a work of chamber music whose density masks its complexity, the full context of its internal machinations willfully lost in the near stasis of the undertaking. The sheer…

Live Arvo Pärt Cover by A Winged Victory for the Sullen Live Arvo Pärt Cover by A Winged Victory for the Sullen

A Winged Victory for the Sullen is the name employed by Adam Wiltzie (of Stars of the Lid) and composer Dustin O’Halloran when working in tandem. They have, together, committed wonderfully drone-informed explorations of what might be called contemporary classical, except to the extent that so many of its participants…

A Different Piano, a Different Noise

Like yesterday’s Downstream entry, today’s is of piano subsumed in noise. Yesterday’s noise has an industrial static to it. It is a thick forest of noise through which the piano occasionally becomes apparent. What makes yesterday’s piece, “Week Twenty Nine Project” by Madeleine Cocolas, work as a composition is how…

Is It Solo Piano When There Is Noise?

The framing material is alternately sheer and grating, a haze of static, a thick brush through which the piano, slow and steady, occasionally makes itself heard — first some tentative notes, then a hint of a melody, then a sour note to emphasize that all is still not well. The development is not restricted to that…

Post-Classical Sequel from Christina Vantzou Post-Classical Sequel from Christina Vantzou

The second album from Christina Vantzou is due out on February 24. Titled No. 2, it follows her earlier No. 1, which was released in late 2011. The new album is on the label Kranky, which is home to such notable musicians as Jessica Baliff, Greg Davis, Grouper, and Keith Fullerton Whitman, as well as the Dead Texan,…

Silence Beyond Punctuation

In the recent solo piano piece by Elizabeth Velvdon, “The Pure Water, Filled with Light,” the light may very well be the spaces between the notes. That’s an unnecessary distinction, because silence is a kind of note unto itself, so safer to say that the light is the space between the parts played between the piano.…

Music from What Ails You Music from What Ails You

Alison Doyle has not posted a new track to her SoundCloud account in nine months. The last one was less than a minute in length, a field recording of the sound of the Arts Music Building at Cornish College. What is heard is someone’s piano practice, routine stuff, from a distance. The music, the performance, is but a…

A Massive, Interactive Chart of All of Zeus' Offspring and Affairs A Massive, Interactive Chart of All of Zeus' Offspring and Affairs

In Greek mythology, the god Zeus is perhaps best known for his wandering...ahem...lightning rod and the multitudinous offspring it produced. This massive mythological genealogy chart tracks every Olympian, demigod, and hero the thunder god was said to have sired, along with each child's mother.

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