Tuesday, April 16th
Chaostar, the avant-garde orchestral project of Christos Antoniou from Septic Flesh, are streaming a new song titled "Sorrow Descending" from the following location:
The song will be included in the band's upcoming album Anomima, whose release will take place on May 10 from Season Of Mist. The limited version of the album will also include a bonus DVD. Guest appearances in the album, consist of David Vincent (Morbid Angel) and Fernando Ribeiro (Moonspell).
Sunday, March 17th
...for free, as usual. For those unfamiliar with Where Mountains Meet, it's a soothingly immersive project that incorporates ambiance, electronica and classical influence, and is the work of Sputniker syco722
Get the new EP, Neutrality here:
Friday, February 22nd
Chaostar, the avant-garde orchestral project of Christos Antoniou from Septic Flesh, are going to release their new album in May 10.
This is the first Chaostar album since the release of The Scarlet Queen in 2004.
The new album features guest participations from David Vincent (Morbid Angel) and Fernando Ribeiro (Moonspell), whereas its limited edition will include a bonus DVD, whose trailer can be seen at the following location:
Wednesday, January 16th
Ambient/Orchestral/Electronic project Where Mountains Meet has released a free-to-download compilation album, containing all tracks from the four 2012 EPs in one place. This album is self-released and only available digitally.
Saturday, January 12th
Ludovico Einaudi has announced the impending release of his latest LP, In A Time Lapse. Einaudi has taken 2 years to compose this latest record, a follow up to 2009's Nightbook. The record consists of 14 tracks and is scheduled to be released on the 21st of January.
Monday, November 19th
Canadian guitar virtuoso Ewan Dobson has released details concerning his latest album on his website. It will be a double album and Dobson describes it as his heaviest work yet.
Monday, July 16th
Today, July 16th marks the passing of a true legend of the rock scene. Ex-Deep Purple,
Whitesnake (among others) keyboardist Jon Lord has sadly passed away after a long battle
with pancreatic cancer that begun in 2011. Lord was supposed to return to the live circuit
in Hagen, Germany on the 12th of this month but poor health prevented such an event and
ever since the keyboardists health has been on a steady decline.
A post upon his official website reads: "It is with deep sadness we announce the passing
of Jon Lord, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday 16th July at the London
Clinic, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jon was surrounded by his loving
Lord was responsible for founding and leading Deep Purple during their lesser known years
and being present when the band created some of their most classic material such as "Deep
Purple In ...more
Tuesday, March 6th
Listen to the new album by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki and Radiohead member Jonny Greenwood here:
The album consistes of two pieces written by Penderecki, 'Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima' & 'Polymorphia for 48 strings', and two pieces written by Greenwood, 'Popcorn Superhet Receiver' & '48 Responses to Polymorphia'.
Thursday, February 23rd
Icelandic contemporary musician Olafur Arnalds has posted his new release, Another Happy Day for streaming. The album is a soundtrack to the eponymous film, and will be released February 27th.
Arnalds 2011 EP, entitled Living Room Songs, is also available for streaming.
Monday, January 9th
Icelandic composer, Olafur Arnalds, is set to release the score to the Sam Levinson film Another Happy Day. The soundtrack will be released on February 27th through Erased Tapes. The song, "Poland," has been posted for sampling, and can be heard via the link below.
Monday, November 7th
Icelandic composer Daniel Bjarnason has collaborated with Australian-born musician Ben Frost
to create a new album, Sólaris; two of its songs, "Simulacra II" and "Reyja", are streaming
Tuesday, June 21st
A prized Stadivarius violin has broken the world record for the sale of a single musical instrument at auction in London.
The instrument, named the Lady Blunt after its original owner, sold for £9,800,000 (over $15,000,000), obliterating the previous world record of $3,900,000 for a Guarneri del Gesù violin set in 2007. The violin had been donated to the auction by the Nippon Music Foundation in order to raise money for the Japanese tsunami relief fund; the name of the successful bidder has not been revealed.
The Lady Blunt is a notorious instrument in classical circles, with only the Lady Tennant (a previous world record holder costing over $2,000,000) and the Messiah (currently found in the Ashmolean collection in Oxford and believed to be the only example never to have been played) rivalling it in fame among Stradivari violins.
Tuesday, May 3rd
In the Nursery's new album, Blind Sound, is streaming on Spotify. Blind Sound was released on April 25th.
Friday, November 12th
Polish composer Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki has died at the age of 76 following a long illness.
Gorecki is best known for his Third Symphony, or Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, which explored the themes of World War Two and the Holocaust.
Wednesday, October 13th
Eric Whitacre's first album on major label Decca, Light and Gold, is streaming on KCRW. This is the
first album featuring Whitacre's choral music that features his own ensemble, conducted by him.
Light and Gold is officially released on October 19, 2010.
Stream here: http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/ap/ap101011eric_whitacre_light_
Saturday, July 17th
Max Richter's new album, Infra, can now be streamed online in its entirety ahead of its June 20 release. Those wishing to listen to the stream must first register.
Tuesday, December 8th
Solo artist Ludwig Van Beethoven, age 240, emerged unharmed from a carriage accident
yesterday while touring in support of his latest album, Ode To Joy, in Vienna.
Onlookers say that Beethoven had many women of ill repute in his carriage and appeared under
the influence of port.
When asked to comment on the crash, Beethoven replied "What?"
This comes off the heels of Beethoven's much publicized battle with Mozart for chart
supremacy, and Mozart's Requiem Mass is off to an early lead on Billboard Top 40.
No word on how this will affect the sales of Ode To Joy, which has recently been
under the subject of critical scrutiny, receiving a lukewarm 4.6 from Pitchfork and an
unfavorable review from Sputnikmusic's own Nicholas Greer, who said "While Beethoven's
ninth effort represents an attempted new direction for the composer, it ultimately lacks the
Sunday, August 9th
French neoclassical metal band Dark Sanctuary have decided to break up following the release of their new album.
A short, un-mixed sample of the new album has been posted to MySpace.
The band wrote: "After 13 years of existence and 7 albums, the band has decided to have a break for an indefinite duration. It goes without saying that this decision was not taken without due consideration and that we have been thinking about it for more than a year now. The different events of these last months, the line-up changing, the delay of our new album and more aside, have induced us to chance our course.
"The reasons of this choice are multiple. We are not as young as we were at the beginning of this adventure and it is unfortunately more and more difficult to combine our private lives, our professional careers, and in the same way to find time for Dark Sanctuary, whether it is for the wri ...more
Thursday, January 24th
What with all the famous, influential musicians who've died of late, I thought I might report this highly amusing story I uncovered in my fiancee's January copy of Grazia Magazine.
The story is all about a woman (Z-list actress Jane Slavin) who contacted a man over Facebook, only to have him date her for a couple of months and then never return her calls. She then created a false MySpace account under the alias Lucia Keenan to lure him into a further date, on which she confronted him over his poor treatment of his lady friends.
The lulz comes from the fact that the man in question is award-winning, world-famous film score composer Michael Nyman, famous for his work on such films as The Piano and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and for such stand-alone works as The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat.
It gets better. Under the Lucia alias, Slavin has written an online diary of her experiences with Nyman called 'The Facebook Diaries'. In this, she repo ...more
Saturday, December 8th
Karlheinz Stockhausen, widely regarded as one of the most important musical figures of the 20th century, has died. No cause of death has yet been revealed, although he was known to have been ill for a short time before his passing.
Stockhausen's influence on music, both popular and avant-garde, is astonishing. The Beatles, Bjork, Frank Zappa, Aphex Twin, Pink Floyd, Sonic Youth, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, David Bowie, and Jefferson Airplane all acknowledged his work as a primary influence. Furthermore, Kraftwerk's Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider both studied under him, as did Can's Holger Czukay and Irmin Schmitt, and notable composers Cornelius Cardew and La Monte Young, and various members of The Grateful Dead and The Mothers of Invention. He appeared on the artwork for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Beatles songs such as "Tomorrow Never Knows", "Revolution 9", and "Strawberry Fields Forever" are cited as the band's attempt to r ...more