Paul Corley on Landscapes and Ambiences

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Electroacoustic composer and producer Paul Corley released his debut album "Disquiet" earlier this month on Iceland's Bedroom Community label. Drawing on both real and imagined landscapes as sources of inspiration, the music is a quiet, chilling marriage of acoustic and electronic elements.

Corley writes the following of his Mixtape:

Many of these pieces are from friends/labelmates/collaborators and some are pieces I had a hand in. These are often the things I'm listening to — works in progress, rough mixes, etc. Most of my time spent listening is making my own music or working on other people's so I tend to return to some artists consistently when it comes to listening for enjoyment. Loren Connors and Basinski are artists I listen to constantly.

Nico Muhly's Fast Twitchy Organs was chosen as it is one of my favorites of his and I think probably hasn't been heard by enough people. It also always feels like a nice beginning. Lubomyr Melnyk and Knee 4 from Einstein on the Beach signify endurance and results. It's alive and effective. I was an engineer on EoB at BAM. This part of the piece always got under my skin.

Oneohtrix Point Never's Replica is so mellow. It's often necessary. He can pull off a slow stroll like nobody. The Falls by Morricone is nostalgia for me. I love it. It was hard to choose which Kancheli to include. Completely essential. Everyone should spend time with him.  


Nico Muhly - Fast Twitchy Organs
Paul Corley - She Is In the Ground
Valgeir Sigurðsson - Erased Duet
Lubomyr Melnyk - Wave Lox 2 (excerpt)
Philip Glass - Knee 4 (fade in)
Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
Ennio Morricone - The Falls (from the soundtrack to The Mission)
Tim Hecker - Sketch 5 (from dropped pianos)
Ben Frost and Daniel Bjarnason - Cruel Miracles & Hydrogen Sulfide
Giya Kancheli - Caris Mere
Loren Connors - Pretty As Ever
William Basinski - Disintegration Loop 3 (excerpt)