Playlist – Courier Sounds

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Courier Sounds to Arcana’s steadily growing playlist section.

Courier Sounds, whose Silhouette Cameo 3 LP was released in October, also did a mix to celebrate their ninth year as a label. It’s compiled by Stuart Bowditch who has previously contributed to the Essex Sound and Video Archive (which can be found here, The British Library, Cities and Memory and The Field Recording Archive.

Begins with the space-style intercom of Eumig’s The Cassegrain but soon broadens out into the sonorous, held notes of Lunar’s Oscillate that waver very slightly – and very pleasantly – in pitch. Lachrylic’s Ellipse is more noise based, with sharp tones that have a sinister undertone, but Bowditch flips the switch, changing the outlook dramatically with ambient but penetrating midrange tones.

I won’t tell you what happens from there on, but safe to say this is a mix that evolves like one continuous note, changing its sonorities in really interesting ways throughout. An intense form of ambience, which really focuses the mind.

The tracklisting is:

Eumig – The Cassegrain
Hybernation – Ptolemy Cluster
Lunar – Oscillate
Lachrylic – Ellipse
Bowditch & Kipps – Proscenium
Silences – (Everyone) Turns To The Wall
Viridian – Cathedral Speech
Belly Full Of Stars – skipandwow
Bowditch – Being
Isnaj Dui – Sunspot Loop 4
Furrows – The Disappearance Of The Things We Loved
Gagarin – Holmbury Hillfort
Wil Bolton – Anguk
((((((PALINDROMES)))))) – Shy
Eumig – F = 2.0 x
Sonicslice – HR2491
Eumig – Eugon A
Diacritical Mark – Lozenge
Graham Dunning – Bulkhead
Rainbow Valley – First Light
Alien – Perimeter (Live 28/11/2017)
Bowditch – Saturday

Playlist – Amongst The Pigeons

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Daniel Parsons – aka Amongst The Pigeons – to Arcana’s steadily growing playlist section.

In an hour of listening entitled Homing Instincts, you can enjoy an hour of freshly minted beats and electronica. With remixes of Foals and Snapped Ankles from Alex Metric and The Utopia Strong respectively, down tempo quality from BUNKR and Tycho and beat filled wonders from Chug and Floating Points, there really should be something for everyone.

As it takes to the wing, Homing Instinct also includes music from O’Flynn, Ásgeir, Wayward and the Chemical Brothers.

Our thanks to Daniel for a fine hour of new music for a Sunday! Enjoy on Spotify below…

Playlist – Ryan Teague

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Ryan Teague to Arcana’s playlist section.

In an hour’s listening you can enjoy a playlist of Japanese Negative Space. This is a rich variety of largely ambient music that taps into the recent rush of releases from the country over the last few months, in which the Kankyo Ogaku collection of Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990 has been particularly successful.

Ryan’s selection also includes work by Japanese masters Ryuichi Sakamoto and the much-missed Susumu Yokota. along with an excerpt from Meitei’s recently released Komachi album.

Our thanks to Ryan for a whole host of new names to enjoy! Listen on Spotify below…

In honour of Raymond Leppard

This week we learned of the sad passing of Raymond Leppard, a conductor whose legacy should truly be celebrated. Anyone getting to know the music of Bach or other Baroque greats in the 1980s and 1990s would surely have encountered his wonderful recordings with the English Chamber Orchestra, either in their first pressings or through judicious reissuing on the Philips label.

Leppard offered a modern instrument alternative to the burgeoning movement of period instrument performance. Although the two sides had their differences, he ultimately showed there was room for both approaches, the music always foremost in his mind.

Leppard’s recordings always have poise, grace and energy, and hopefully the attached playlist will bring them to a wider audience. He was a fine choral and vocal conductor, resurrecting many operas from the Baroque and furthering the cause of composers such as Rameau and Monteverdi. It also includes part of a recent disc he did for Decca with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, where he was conductor from 1987 until 2001.

The playlist includes John Alden Carpenter’s Sea Drift from that disc, the Holberg Suite by Grieg and two works by J.S. Bach. Chiome d’oro, a short excerpt from Leppard’s recording of five books of Monteverdi madrigals, is included on account of its appearance as one of the conductor’s Desert Island Discs in March 1972.

Picture of Raymond Leppard (c) Thomas J. Russo

Playlist – Kit Downes

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Kit Downes to Arcana’s playlist section.

In the space of just under 40 minutes Kit introduces us to some fascinating sound worlds that will doubtless be new to a lot of listeners out there. They certainly were to me!

Philipp Gropper‘s Philm begins the sequence with the dappled shades of Sun Ship, Pt. 2 from the 2017 album of the same name. We move from there to the ghostly outlines of Lucy Railton‘s For J.R., with its combination of solemn organ and slightly warped field recordings. Disasterpeace‘s otherworldly Vignette: Visions is next, followed by an excerpt from Messiaen‘s La Nativité du Seigneur, Desseins eternels (Eternal Purposes), played here by Kevin Bowyer.

Shimmering textures abound in Stian WesterhusDon’t Tell Me This Is Home, then the mellow, minimalist overtones of Robert Stillman‘s Ruthie In May bring some Autumnal colours to the mix. Garoto‘s Improviso at once sounds older, a lovely interlude of South American guitar, before Jan Johansson shifts the attention to the piano for his Baroque-like Leksands skänklåt. Finally an excerpt from this year’s Mokum in Hi-Fi album, Palace, bring saxophone and guitar together from Ben van Gelder and Reinier Baas.

Our thanks to Kit for opening our ears! Listen on Spotify below…