Download: Stars of the Lid with the Wordless Music Orchestra

Recorded Live at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Dec. 17, 2013

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Ambient duo Stars of the Lid Ambient duo Stars of the Lid (Courtesy of the Artist/Facebook)

On Tuesday, Dec. 17, Texas-founded, experimental ambient duo Stars of the Lid joined New York City's boundary-crossing Wordless Music Orchestra for a collaborative concert of intricate, drone-heavy minimalism. The concert took place at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and was recorded by Q2 Music.

This show presents Stars of the Lid – aka composers Adam Wiltzie and Brian McBride – in their first US tour in five years, and is presented by (Le) Poisson Rouge and the Wordless Music series. The fifteen-piece Wordless Music Orchestra has made its reputation performing in singular, adventurous shows paired with such non-classical artists and bands as Efterklang, Alex & Jónsi and Jóhann Jóhannsson.

The performance opens with a set by electroacoustic artist Justin Walter, who constructs ambient, postminimalist improvisations with live loops and a combination of analog and digital tools, including the Electronic Valve Instrument – a wind-controled analog synthesizer.

Stream Justin Walter's opening set:

Stars of the Lid set list:

Generous Abandon
Dutch Girls
December Hunting

Twin Peaks E F# B Final (encore)

Comments [8]


Great music and recording - thank you to everybody involved for making this happen.

Dec. 31 2013 09:50 AM
Tom Traubert

Is there still going to be a recording? Can't wait to hear it!

Dec. 23 2013 09:23 PM
blackbear from adirondacks

Yes, very much looking forward to the recording! Thank you for capturing a very special evening...

One of the things that really struck me about SOTL was the huge range in sonic space they created live... the way they would exist in this very narrow bandwidth of loops and strings, and then suddenly open up the bottom end and engulf the space with overwhelming sound; left me breathless more than once...

Hope you were able to capture that :)

Dec. 20 2013 10:54 AM
David Beardsley from fluffy clouds

Looking forward to hearing this...hopefully real soon!

Dec. 20 2013 10:02 AM

I cant find the recording. Can anyone tell me how this works?

Dec. 19 2013 03:01 PM
Andrew from Minneapolis, MN

I'm no longer in NYC but gladly still on the Wordless mailing list.
Thanks for recording and sharing this rare treat!

Dec. 19 2013 11:04 AM

Show was indescribably awesome!

Dec. 18 2013 10:29 AM
Jeff from Brooklyn, NY

Just returned from the show and it was jaw-droppingly gorgeous and powerful. Can't wait to hear the recording.

Dec. 18 2013 12:31 AM

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