This page is a relic from the past, now untouched in over a decade, but I have resurrected it as a tiny milestone to listening habits of old.
For starters, here is some my favourite music in times gone by in top quality mp3 format. From the Mississippi delta to the slopes of Fujiama you are in good hands so sit back and enjoy.
I do not always give the full track information for the following music. I assume that you will buy the music if you like it and thus support the artists, even if as in the case of the Gagaku composers they died over 900 years ago. It is the gesture that counts.
HAYDEN´S TITANIC MIX
This is a mix of songs and birds I made for dancing to whilst the ship of humanity comes o so close to another massive iceberg and the sirens are beginning to ring. The hour gives you enough time to hit the bar once or twice in between the dancing.(c.1’08”)
Kirby was a Bass player who put together one of the tightest, hottest sextets of the 30´s. He even arranges some Beethoven themes in these sessions and the gamble comes off.
Miles live. 1965. Plug it Baby.
NAT KING C.
Too Marvellous for words. Indeed it is, when Nat sings it.
Born in 1683, Jean-Phillipe Rameau was a prolific French composer well known for his single pair of shoes. Tzimon Barto is a contemporary body builder, pianist, and poet. The Album is called “A Basket of Wild Strawberries” . Enough said?
Cesar Mariano, a pianist and arranger took his band into the studio in ´78 to record this masterpiece, a mixture of Brazilian grooves with electric instruments, a blend way ahead of it´s time- classic Brazilian fusion.
Watch out! Here comes Blossom- in full beautiful flight.
This is one of my favourite works by Stockhausen and was written to be performed in a park under the stars. (37´)
Once I found myself in a packed flight from Berlin to Palma de Mallorca carrying alongside my alto, two oversized plastic crows- the ones used to scare away winged rats. As the overheads were full I nursed these black beauties on my lap alongside my bullring and copy of Simon Ing´s “The Weight of Numbers” (my current favourite and well suited for my descent). After takeoff I inserted my headphones into the hollow bodies of the crows through their rears and allowed Ali Khan to resonate quietly in a new and interesting way. Like quiet overtones from a trained throat, the source was difficult to trace for row 28 of Air Berlin flight 9162. It can´t be the red head´s crows, can it? Amjat Ali Khan live in 1971, fasten your seat belts please :
This dear aristocratic manic wrote some of the most original vocal music of the 16th century. Enjoy these chromatic twists and dissonances that really hit the Kyudo target right in all of the possible centers. Performed by the Hilliard Ensemble.
When I studied in Chennai and wasn´t holding my Saxophone above the rising monsoon waters or marvelling at the library of the Theosophists, a lot of my time was spent checking out the music of Srinivas. I have put together a collection of some of my favourite tracks of this incredible mandolin master:
A Beautiful example of Byzantine Chant best listened to in the hour of dawn, should you be conscious.
Souer Marie Keyrouz:
This album of Gilberto Gil is one of my all-time brazilian favourites.
CASALS- BACH SUITES
An essential classic.A deep study in phrasing and interpretation.
One single masterful track, a poignant duo between master and ex-student.
I often use this track when I am doing breathing exercises or meditation. I simply stop when the music does which is after about ten minutes, or is it?
A rare live recording of Pandit Pran Nath as a 50 year old:
Beginning with a stunning classic by Roland Kirk, this mix by Stefan of Inchtime is packed with sonic gems.
An “accidental” classic from the sixties with the clarinet player T. Scott who teed off with some master Japanese musicians in an improvisation session that came close to the hole. Perfect for accompanying breathing exercises or eating rice with soy sauce to at a slow tempo.
Listening to this Xenakis work with headphones in its entirety in a concentrated state is a kind of initiation for the brave of ear. The piece demands nothing less from the listener.(c.45’00)
WELL TUNED PIANO
La Monte Young´s seminal work- a beautiful journey for man, machine, and the ear of the behearer. It takes some time to feel at home in this well-tempered body of sound but it is well worth staying the while. (60´)
From Armenia some Duduk sounds I love to listen to after Meshuggha, or when I am about to give up on the world.
Sound quality not so high but the playing is killing. If you can make it through to the end you will be richly rewarded when the boys start singing. Spine chilling stuff.1-5 (c.45’00).
From the Lamentations. Perfect for New Zealand Springs. I associate this music strongly with the area around Lake Taupo, maybe because the casette with Tallis was stolen from my mini next to the fish´n´chip shop on the lake. .Lamentations: Incipit lamentatio Jeremiae prophetae
My friend and Subultra co-instigator Jochen Bohnes created these beautiful remixes of Negativeland tracks. In my opinion better than the originals.