Mixtapes

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What is the sound of 21st century classical music? What does it mean to be a composer in an age that’s seemingly post-everything? Every week on Mixtapes, Q2 Music asks one of today’s active and “big A” Artists to weigh in and choose an hour of music that they find particularly compelling in today’s exciting new-music climate. 

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Trumpet Player Peter Evans on Improvisation as Thought

The music of Peter Evans runs the gamut between standard bebop and the most esoteric contemporary classical music, often incorporating electronics and a range of extended techniques. Hear his Mixtape today at 3 pm.

Electronic Musician No Lands Presents Music from Other Worlds

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

No Lands is the electronic project of Brooklyn-based composer Michael Hammond. Negative Space," his debut album of electro-noir compositions is set for release July 29. Hear his Mixtape – featuring music of Paul Lansky, Brian Eno and Oneohtrix Point Never – today at 3 pm.

Ingram Marshall's Quiet Music for a New England Summer

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The composer Ingram Marshall writes otherworldly soundscapes that defy easy categorization and often incorporate elements of Indonesian Gamelan. Listen to his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Electronic Musician Oneohtrix Point Never in Dialogue with the Past

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The music of Daniel Lopatin – aka Oneohtrix Point Never – is at once futuristic and in constant conversation with the past. His Mixtape collides Renaissance master Orlando Gibbons with contemporary experimentalist Paul Lansky. Listen Wednesday at 3 pm.

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An Hour with Son Lux

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Composer-performer Ryan Lott, AKA Son Lux, has collaborated with yMusic, members of Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens and the Young People's Chorus of New York City. Listen to his Mixtape on Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Mario Diaz de Leon on the Primal Force of Sound

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Electroacoustic composer Mario Diaz is a frequent collaborator with International Contemporary Ensemble and has had his music performed by JACK Quartet and Eighth Blackbird. He also releases dark ambient music under the moniker Oneirogen. Hear his Mixtape today at 3 pm.

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Dawn of Midi on Tightropes and Intelligible Shapes

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Blending elements of free jazz, IDM and contemporary classical with the occasional house beat, Dawn of Midi have developed a sound uniquely their own. The trio performs at this month's Bang on a Can Marathon. Hear their Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Composer Sam Pluta on Electronic Music Innovations

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Composer and electronic music performer Sam Pluta has written music for Mivos Quartet,  So Percussion and International Contemporary Ensemble among others. His Mixtape surveys pioneers of electronic music, from Bernard Parmegiani to Herbie Hancock. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Steve Smith on Headstrong Ideas and Sonic Gateway Drugs

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Steve Smith is the former music editor for Time Out New York and classical music reviewer for the New York Times. His Mixtape ranges from music of Laurie Anderson to John Zorn, David Hykes and Mario Diaz de León. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Paola Prestini's 'Visionary' Playlist Spans Anna Clyne to John Zorn

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Composer Paola Prestini is the founder of VisionIntoArt, an interdisciplinary arts company. Hear her Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Accounting in Reverse with Jayson Greene

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Jayson Greene has an omnivorous musical appetite. Managing Editor for eMusic and a writer for Pitchfork and the Village Voice, he's also a classically trained musician. His mixtape stretches from Debussy to Suzanne Ciani and Elliott Carter. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Jacob Cooper on Songs, Cycles & Lieder

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The music of composer Jacob Cooper draws omnivorously from the worlds of multimedia art installations, electroacoustic music, pop and contemporary classical. His new song-cycle for electronics and soprano Mellissa Hughes was released this week on Nonesuch Records. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Donnacha Dennehy's Journey through Music

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Composer Donnacha Dennehy is featured this Sunday at Carnegie Hall as part of David Lang's collected stories series. His Mixtape spans from David Bowie and Steve Reich to Morton Feldman and Osvaldo Goljiov. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Drummer Billy Martin on the Limits and Ranges of Instrumentalists

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Best known as the drummer for the celebrated avant-jazz/funk trio Medeski Martin & Wood, Billy Martin has long been an integral part of New York's downtown scene. His Mixtape features music of Messiaen, Feldman, Dubuffet and Ligeti. Listen Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Brad Lubman: Cutting a Playlist Four Ways

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

This week's mixtape comes from composer and conductor Brad Lubman. The music director of the ensemble Signal, Lubman's worked with everyone from the Los Angeles Philharmonic to the Chicago Symphony to Steve Reich and Musicians.

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Man Forever on the Perfection of Vision, from James Tenney to Funkadelic

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Man Forever is the musical project of drummer-composer John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions). Best known as the drummer for Brooklyn-based psych-rock outfit Oneida, he performed last Saturday with ambient artist William Basinsky at the Ecstatic Music Festival.

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Buke & Gase on Finding Perfect Musical Moments

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Brooklyn-based duo that performs on instruments of their own design, Buke & Gase create an impressive amount of sound. The band performs tonight at the Ecstatic Music Festival. Hear their Mixtape today at 3 pm.

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Grooves, Pulses/Florals and Lines with Vicky Chow

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A fixture in New York's new-music scene, often as a member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, pianist Vicky Chow has worked with a formidable and varied roster of composers and performers, from John Adams and Terry Riley to Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo. Her Mixtape includes piano-driven music by Terry Riley, Nik Bartsch, Donnacha Dennehy, Thomas Adès, Chris Cerrone, Alva Noto and more.

 

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Experiments in Opera on the Excitement of New Sounds

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The composer collective known as Experiments in Opera presents a Mixtape that ranges from the obscure to the icons of the American experimental tradition. Listen on Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Laurel Halo's Tribute to Space, Pause and the Dynamics of Recording

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

New York composer, vocalist and electronic-music artist Laurel Halo draws from traditions of drone music, Musique concrète and pop. Her Mixtape spans music by Robert Ashley, Vladimir Ussachevsky and Toru Takemitsu.

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Tristan Perich on Connections Across Structure, Genre & Style

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sound, visual and installation artist Tristan Perich is fascinated with the sound of 1-bit electronics – low fidelity tones generated with the least possible amount of digital information. His Mixtape features music where "each piece is in dialogue with multiple others."

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