'Melody Tucked Within Textures' with Anna Clyne

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The music of London-born, British composer Anna Clyne is a textured weave of acoustic and electronic elements. Currently the Chicago Symphony’s composer-in-residence, Clyne has been commissioned by ETHEL, Metropolis Ensemble, London Sinfonietta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others.

For this week's episode of Mixtapes, Clyne offers a playlist of friends and heroes ranging from Bach to Paul McCartney to Björk. She offers the following explanation of her playlist:

"This is a mix that I enjoy listening to in the morning with a fresh brewed cup of tea.  Most of these contemporary artists are friends of mine from New York, many of them singer songwriters. I've enjoyed hearing their music live, in recordings and developing over the years. One thing that links all these songs, is the sense of melody - be it stark or tucked away within textures. This is something that particularly draws me into music of all genres.  These artists have unique musical voices - be it their own music, or their interpretations of existing classics, such as Bach's Goldberg Variations, Kraftwerk's It's More Fun to Compute, and Gershwin's Summertime.

"Most of these songs are also associated with lovely memories of live shows by some of my favorite artists at some of my favorite New York venues - M Shanghai String Band in the basement of a wonderful Chinese Restaurant (by the same name); Naked Hearts at Glasslands; Bubblyfish at a warehouse party in Bushwick; Dan Tepfer at Korzo; Christina Courtin at Le Poisson Rouge; Josh Mease at Rockwood Music Hall; Alan Hampton at Pete's Candy Store; Gretchen Parlato at 55Bar and Ljova at Joe's Pub. Thank you friends for all your inspiration!" -Anna Clyne


  • J.S. Bach (performed by Dan Tepfer) - Goldberg Variations / Variations
    1. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Aria
    2. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 1
  • Dan Tepfer - Goldberg Variations / Variations
    1. Improvisation 1
    2. Improvisation 5
  • Paul McCartney - Jenny Wren ("Chaos and Creation In the Backyard")
  • Christina Courtin - Green Jay ("Christina Courtin")
  • Josh Mease - White Diamonds ("Wilderness")
  • M Shanghai String Band - Devil You and Me ("From the Air")
  • Son Lux - Flowers ("We Are Rising")
    Wither ("At War With Walls and Mazes")
  • Bubblyfish - It's More Fun to Compute ("8-Bit Operators: The Music Of Kraftwerk Performed On 8-bit Video Game Systems")
  • Naked Hearts - Like I do ("Mass Hysteria")
  • Björk - Oceania ("Medulla")
  • Anna ClyneRoulette ("Blue Moth")
  • Alan Hampton - Staring At the Sun ("The Moving Sidewalk")
  • Gretchen Parlato Nonvignon ("Gretchen Parlato")
  • Ljova - "Lost in Kino"
    1. The Evictions Begin
    2. Pickle Porker Polka
  • George Gershwin (performed by Angélique Kidjo) - Summertime ("Keep On Moving - The Best Of")