Ross Simonini: Music that Defines and Undefines "New Composition"

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For Mixtapes, we ask today's leading musicians, authors, filmmakers and artists to assemble an hour of new-music that they find particularly compelling or that exemplifies the shifting boundaries of today's musical climate. Today's mixtape comes courtesy of Ross Simonini, interviews editor for The Believer magazine and member of the band NewVillager.

"This is a partial list of music that has defined and undefined "new composition" for me. Some of it pushes toward jazz or post-punk or electronic. I listened to some of it in high school, some in college, and some in the last few years. I chose these tracks not because I especially enjoy them - though, mostly, I do - but because, for me, each of them once served as a window into the possibilities for new music."


Stephen Hartke - King of the Sun: Parts 1 and 2
Volcano The Bear - Merry Potter
Flying Lotus - Clock Catcher
György Ligeti - Six Bagatelles: 1. Allegro con spirito
Hamza El Din - Greetings
John Zorn - Cat O'nine Tails
Dumisani Maraire (performed with Kronos Quartet) - Mai Nozip
Paul Lansky - Notjustmoreidlechatter
Ted Hearne - Brownie, You're Doing a Heck of a Job
Fennesz - Rivers of Sand