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Here on this 75' live outing between Evan Parker and Derek Bailey, the two musicians responsible for writing sonic curriculums that redefined their respective instruments can be witnessed engaging in a peculiarly unique fashion. To borrow what Peter Brötzmann once said in an interview upon asked about what sort of confrontation occurs when improvising, Brötzmann stated that the meeting is typically an effort to either 'fit' or 'fight'. This definition gives a whole new confirmed ... read more
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More an admirer of the Darmstadt school (the creative wheelhouse responsible for producing such iconic composers as Stockhausen, Brown, Berio, Boulez, and Nono), then an actual participant, André Boucourechliev all the same, pioneered in a similar vein the practices of that renowned school. As to which composer he individually gravitated in style towards, Boucourechliev began to follow in the steps of indeterminacy of Cage while still maintaining a passion for the methods of serialism, ... read more
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If I were to spend the rest of my days with the works of one Second Viennese school composer, it would have to be that of Alban Berg. In one oeuvre spanning several decades tragically cut short on account of a bug bite, Berg masterfully progressed and expanded the limits of the opera (the first to do so since Wagner) with the enormously popular Wozzeck and its successor Lulu. As well as the innovation and secrets of infidelity laced within his Lyric Suite. The importance of Berg's work is found ... read more
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A very compelling iteration of the free jazz idiom is found in Albert Ayler's Spiritual Unity. The work became the defining moment of the young tenor man's ascendancy to jazz stardom as a new voice heralding the unusual jazz offshoot known as free jazz. The sub-genre that was so controversially concerned with expanding the frontiers and testing sonic limits of tried-and-true hard-bop facilities. The term "free" doesn't seem to be a word boasting a universal definition that all free ... read more
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We have previously talked about the spectral viola (Intimate Rituals, the viola works by Radulescu), whose high-register wretches and screeches sear the eardrums. Still, we haven't discussed the spectral piano, an unlikely compatriot of the spectralist mode, whose keys resonate in the most glacial and chilling manner. Mind you; this isn’t to be compared with the asymmetric pattern presentation of Feldman, whose compositions gnaw at music's intellectual potential through minute and nearly ... read more


Sep 15, 2021
Nice to hear that, since going for the complete symphonic cycle on Hänssler Records was precisely my very next move. He is, in fact, well known for his subtle yet powerful compositional prowess, and a substantial look into his oeuvre has been long overdue in my schedule. Very satisfied to immediately identify the aesthetic rigour i haven't been able to find outside of Wagner's opera work striding along side by side with this careful sense of gentility.
Sep 13, 2021
Good news “I’m back me Maryann but new Name is awesome
Sep 8, 2021
Glad to see you liked Sachiko Matsubara's "Derive" so much ;)
I swear, if I keep listening to her, her compositions are going to fill all of my top spots! I can't get enough of her sound.
It creates this sort of empty facility for my mind, makes me feel so much more at ease and happy
Sep 6, 2021
Can you please give me your top 5 albums from 1971 ?
Aug 23, 2021
I'm bored and so decided to make another community list; this time,

What is a record you believe has defined its genre albeit through exemplifying its sound, shaping said genre, or has established said genre in popularity and/or existence, and why?
Aug 22, 2021
Hey, I hope you're doing well.

I'm making a list where, judging by AOTY users' individual top ten albums, I'm compiling a ranked community top 100. I'd love it if you could contribute by just replying with your top ten ranked from 1-10; I'm totally fine with being redirected to a ranked favourites list of sorts, if that's what you'd prefer.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and replying, if you do
Aug 16, 2021
Is your ear made out of candy and if so can I eat it?
Aug 15, 2021
Digging the new profile picture!
Jul 19, 2021
What is your favorite album from each year, 2001-2021?
Jul 12, 2021
I'm a little curious about your thoughts on Vingt Regards, I noticed you have the Batagov rendition as your favourite. Was wondering what in your mind makes that performance in particular so standout, compared to say Osborne, Loriod (maybe my preference as it stands currently), Laurent Aimard?

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