Some recent music, delving into new music and artists, as well as favorites, including a release by Hildur Gudnadottir, one of my favorite Icelandic musicians.

  1. Seven Lions – Worlds Apart (2014)
  2. Seven Lions – The Throes of Winter (2015)
  3. Celldweller – End of an Empire (Chapter 03: Dreams) (2015)
  4. Celldweller – Transmissions: Volume 01 (2014)
  5. Porter Robinson – Worlds (2014)
  6. Hildur Gudnadottir – Saman (2014)
  7. Shigeto – No Better Time Than Now (2013)
  8. Eraldo Bernocchi, Harold Budd, Robin Guthrie – Winter Garden (2011)
  9. Animattronic – Pirates of the Galaxy (2015)

Self described 80s synth pop, EDM, and classical piano.  I listened to a couple of songs on the website and like what I heard.  Looking forward to more and a few hours to close my eyes and let the music carry me away.
http://colortheory.com

It’s been some time since I wrote about music, and anything new I have picked up. Music is one thing I look forward to and helps me get through work, writing, and life. On a typical day, I am plugged in for about 10-hours of non-stop music. I go through trends and try and be open minded, but at my core I have a weakness for Icelandic, neo-classical (violin, cello, piano, mixed with electronic), and electronic/dub-step/dance.

In no particular order, this what I have picked up the past couple of months.

  1. Alva Noto – Xerrox, Vol 2 (2008)
  2. Alexander Popov – Personal Way (2013)
  3. Dog Blood – Middle Finger, Pt. 2 (ft. Skrillex) (2013)
  4. Boys Noize – Out of the Black (2012)
  5. Agent Fresco – A Long Time Listening (2012)
  6. Johann Johannsson – Virthulegu Forsetar (2003)
  7. Zoe Keating – Into the Trees (2010)
  8. Zoe Keating – One Cello x 16: Natoma (2005)
  9. Halou – Halou (2008)
  10. Zero 7 – When it Falls (2004)
  11. Datsik – Vitamin D (2012)
  12. Datsik – Let it Burn (2013)
  13. Datsik – Cold Blooded (2013)
  14. Bassnectar – Vava Voom (2012)

I stumbled upon this classical musician while desperately hoping that Hildur Gudnadottir had something new out.  I have only had one listen to this gem, but am blown-away by the soundscape and emotion emanating from the cello.

Website: http://www.zoekeating.com

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Trying to keep up with all of the great music out there is a full-time job.  Staying within the electronic, dub-step, classical, hard-to-define genres, I picked up these new/newer/should-have-had a long time ago albums the past week.

Unbelievable violin set to dub-step, drums, synths, electronic background that on the surface sounds like an odd combination, but she pulls this off. I have been listening 4 or 5 times a day since downloading this. Play it loud.

  • deadmau5, album title goes here (2012), and 4×4=12 (2010)

Where has deadmau5 been all of my life? Music that takes your head and scrambles it. This is electronic.

Wow, what blend of sounds is my mind hearing? This is intense, surreal, and from somewhere not of this earth.

Brings back memories of the 90s as their sound has not changed much, and that is a good thing. Classic Soundgarden and Chris Cornell’s vocals are as great as ever.

Last Thursday beneath the baking 90 degree sun, we made our way to The Cedar for a special evening: Olafur Arnalds. Olafur is an Icelandic musician and composer, whose work can be loosely described as neo-classical / electronic / ambient / ethereal / haunting / melancholy / sparse. In other words, it pulls at every emotion and sets you on a roller-coaster, that can drop and rise with no warning.

This was our third time seeing him in concert in Minnesota, and it was well worth the wait. Set in a dark and open room, the stage contained a piano, a couple of chairs, and a notebook. Olafur played the piano and managed the back beats, layering, and composition (using an iPad) as a complement to the violinist and celloist. To see this music being played live, to see the emotion and physical movements of the musicians, creates a sense of wonder, respect, and supplies many “wow” moments.

I recognized most of the songs he choose to play, and gave in to the dim lights, soundscape, and warm temperatures, to close my eyes and truly feel the music sweeping into me. The concert was everything I had hoped for, and after the first song, I was already anticipating his next return here.

In celebration of this being my 100th post on this website, and as a follow-up to a previous post and comments about music, here is a list of music I listen to while writing.

  • Olafur Arnalds
  • Johann Johannsson
  • Hildur Gudnadottir
  • Valgeir Sigurdsson
  • Moby
  • Kaskade
  • Late Night Alumni
  • Tycho
  • Aarktica
  • Alva Noto
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • Biosphere
  • The Chemical Brothers
  • The Glitch Mob
  • Isis
  • Pelican
  • Nils Frahm
  • Oliveray
  • Rachel Grimes
  • Richard Skelton
  • Scuba
  • Skylar Grey
  • Startle the Heavens
  • Stephan Mathieu
  • Taylor Deupree
  • Tiesto
  • A Winged Victory for the Sullen
  • Trentemoller