All Ears 010 – 16th Nov 2017 – Leeds Special

This is what we played:

You can find all the tracks on this Spotify playlist.

Simon East

In a reference to Tom’s geodesic dome structures the visuals are a film about Buckminster Fuller’s Union Tank Car Dome. The music is a selection of tracks by English electronic duo Plaid (they also record as The Black Dog). The organic sound of the music and their avoidance of standard dance music time signatures struck me as a good pairing with Fuller’s domes and Tom’s sculpture.

The visuals to this set were A Necessary Ruin: The Story of Buckminster Fuller and the Union Tank Car Dome: https://vimeo.com/album/4589939/video/13966041

20:30 Do Matter – Plaid
20:34 Fer – Plaid
20:39 Ralome – Plaid feat. Benet Walsh
20:43 Slice Of Cheese – Plaid
20:46 Eyen – Plaid feat. Benet Walsh
20:50 Ropen – Plaid
20:54 Empty Seat Calculations – The Black Dog
20:57 The Bee – Plaid

Tom Beesley

A selection of six pieces of music to accompany five short films featuring iconic buildings or groups of buildings. The release date of each track is also a significant moment in the life of the building.

The visuals to this set were several videos edited together by Tom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNpKAD-O5eg&feature=youtu.be

21:00 Hallogallo – NEU!
21:07 Etude aux sons animes – Luc Ferrari, Pierre Schaeffer, Iannis Xenakis
21:11 Talkin’ About the Good Times – The Pretty Things
21:15 Buzz The Jerk – The Pretty Things
21:16 Papua New Guinea – The Future Sound Of London
21:23 Turiya & Ramakrishna – Alice Coltrane

Rachel Sedman

Catarina Barbieri is an Italian musician composing on analogue and digital synthesisers with a focus on minimalism. Her work explores themes of machine intelligence and perception in sound through approaching music practice as a cognitive feedback between humans and technology.

The visuals to this set were a set of still and moving images of the Bretton Hall buildings made by Rachel.

21:30 SOTRS – Caterina Barbieri
21:39 Information Needed to Create an Entire Body – Caterina Barbieri
21:45 This Causes Consciousness to Fracture – Caterina Barbieri

Gary Winters

“Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable.” – Charles Baudelaire. I have chosen a suite of pieces ranging across the period broadly categorised in terms of modernity. These works were a radical challenge to the past; maybe they still are, even if there are indicators of a more palatable, known, popular culture.

The visuals to this set were several videos by Sam Taylor Wood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXPP8eUlEtk&t=14s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyUWJqExw00 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H21ypJb7KJk

22:00 The Firebird (L’oiseau de feu): I. Introduction Igor Stravinsky, Antal Dorati, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
22:02 Discorite – Tsar Rosy Viking
22:04 Collage #1 (Blue Suede) – James Tenney
22:07 Sechs Kleine Klavierstucke – Arnold Schoenberg
22:09 Tone Poem – 1989 Recording – Tom Feldschuh
22:11 Forever Without End (Solo Voices) – Jocelyn Pook
22:12 Cinque Sintesi Radiofoniche – 1978 Recording – Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
22:15 Castor & Pollux – A Dance for the Twin Rhythms of Gemini from Plectra & Percussion Dances – Harry Partch, Danlee Mitchell
22:17 Ballet Mecanique – George Antheil, The Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Spalding
22:19 Studies for Player Piano: Study No. 5 – Conlon Nancarrow, Ensemble Modern, Ingo MetzmacHer
22:21 Incises – Pierre Boulez, David Fray
22:22 For Aaron Copland – Morton Feldman, Melise Mellinger
22:22 Molly’s Song 3, Shades of crimson – Rebecca Saunders, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Stefan Asbury
22:24 For Ann (rising) – James Tenney
22:28 Jolene Both Ways – Plunderphonics

John Gamble

My selections are played alongside the homemade films of people breaking into and exploring abandoned buildings. These explorers are drawn to these spaces, capturing them as they are precariously positioned on the edge of failure. The selected sound artists use the process of tape loops with Basinski repeatedly running tape over the head, and allowing it to deteriorate, leading to a beautiful collapse.

The visuals to this set were videos of abandoned buildings taken by John.

22:30 dlp 1.1 – William Basinski
22:35 Water People – Grouper
22:39 Some – Nils Frahm
22:43 Boreal Kiss Pt. 1 – Tim Hecker
22:46 Boy 1904 – Jonsi & Alex
22:51 dlp 1.1 – William Basinski
22:55 Clearing – Grouper

All Ears 009 – 19th Oct 2017

Here are the tracks we played:

For those of you on Spotify the playlist is here: All Ears 009 Playlist.

Modern Classical – Tom Beesley and Marion Payne

Another visit to the loose genre of the modern classical, a number of the tracks have been included at the suggestion of Marion Payne. We’re always happy to look at building a selection around your ideas and proposals.

20:00 Discovery At Night – Ludovico Einaudi
20:04 Le Brasier De Tristesse – Sylvain Chauveau
20:07 Spiegel im spiegel – Arvo Part, Angele Dubeau, La Pieta
20:15 Baer – Hildur Guonadottir
20:18 Nunc dimittis – Arvo Part, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Paul Hillier
20:23 An Ending, a Beginning – Dustin O’Halloran
20:25 Image-Autumn-Womb – Goldmund
20:28 Underwood – Ludovico Einaudi, Daniel Hope

Tru Thoughts – Simon East

Tru Thoughts is a Brighton based record label formed in 1999 by Robert Luis and Paul Jones. The musical styles of most of the artists on label fuse Soul, Funk, Jazz and R&B – sometimes with classic 60’s production values, sometimes with a more modern feel.

20:31 Terrapin – Bonobo
20:34 Snakes in the Grass – Quantic
20:39 Hurry On Now – Alice Russell
20:43 Sandy – Jumbonics
20:47 Its On – Kylie Auldist
20:51 Actory – Hint
20:55 Its Real – Lack of Afro Remix – Hot 8 Brass Band

Fat Possum Records – Gareth Heaton

Until 1991 most of the artists that would record material for the newly formed Fat Possum record label were spending their days working the fields in the hill towns around the Oxford area of Mississippi. Their nights however were spent playing their own particular brand of the Blues, on porches, at parties and in juke joints across the region. Fat Possum then came along and captured their “Hill Country Blues” sound.

21:01 I Love You – Solo – Asie Payton
21:04 Old Black Mattie – R.L. Burnside
21:08 To the Left to the Right – T-Model Ford
21:11 Meet Me in the City – Junior Kimbrough
21:14 Mistreatin Me – Cedell Davis
21:16 Skinny Legs & All – Asie Payton
21:20 I’ll Do Anything You Say – Charles Caldwell
21:22 Sway – Heartless Bastards
21:27 Let My Baby Ride – R.L. Burnside

1979 – Tom Beesley

A highly personal selection of some of the most important releases from 1979, a pivotal year in the development of post-punk musical genres and the year I started at art school. I had just turned eighteen and was able to vote in my first general election, and we all know what happened next…

21:30 Germ Free Adolescents – X-Ray Spex
21:33 Three Minute Hero – The Selecter
21:36 At Home He’s a Tourist – Gang Of Four
21:39 The Eton Rifles – The Jam
21:43 Too Much Too Young – BBC in Concert: Live at Paris Theatre, 15 December 1979 – The Specials
21:45 Making Plans For Nigel – XTC
21:50 The Guns of Brixton – The Clash
21:53 Typical Girls – The Slits
21:56 Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick – Ian Dury and The Blockheads

Jonathan Richman – Gareth Heaton

Jonathan Richman originally came to public attention in the early 1970s as the leader of Boston 4 piece, The Modern Lovers, before becoming a solo artist in 1979. With his child-like, wide eyed outlook on life and ability to beautiful capture the essence of multiple genres, Jonathan has amassed an army fans whilst shying away from the main stream.

22:00 Instrumental – Live – Jonathan Richman
22:01 When We Refuse To Suffer – Second Version – Jonathan Richman
22:05 New England – Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
22:08 Government Center – The Modern Lovers
22:10 I Was Dancing In The Lesbian Bar – Jonathan Richman
22:14 No One Was Like Vermeer – Jonathan Richman
22:16 Es Como El Pan – Jonathan Richman
22:20 The New Teller – Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
22:22 Cosi Veloce – Jonathan Richman
22:24 Ice Cream Man – Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers

Dabke – Simon East

Dabke is an Arab folk dance, often performed at weddings, native to the Middle Eastern region around Syria. Recently Dabke has gained more exposure in the west with Omar Souleyman who has worked with Bjork and Four Tet. Also included is a related Egyptian Electro Chaabi track from Islam Chipsey’s band Eek.

22:30 Crystalline – Omar Souleyman Remix – Bjork
22:34 Khetyar Al Akkaze – Fares Karam
22:38 Love Is Not A Joke – Ahmad Al Kosem
22:42 Wenu Wenu – Omar Souleyman
22:48 El Bawaba – Eek
22:53 Shlown (How) – Sarya El Swas
22:57 Ya Baie – Najwa Karam

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All Ears 008 – 21st Sept 2017

These are the tracks we played:

For those of you on Spotify most of these tracks are in this playlist : All Ears 008 Playlist.

Erased Tapes – Simon East

The Erased Tapes label was founded in London by German-born Robert Raths in 2007. We have featured two of its artists, Nils Frahm and Dawn of Midi, in previous All Ears sets, so we have concentrated on some of the other artists on the label here.

20:01 Ljosio – Olafur Arnalds
20:04 Boundaries – Kyte
20:07 Distant Street Lights (iambic Remix) – Codes In The Clouds
20:13 A Snowflake – Peter Broderick
20:15 Odyssey – Rival Consoles
20:20 Atomos VI – A Winged Victory for the Sullen
20:23 Burnt – Kiasmos
20:25 Moonlight – Masayoshi Fujita

Joan Baez – Georgina Richmond

Baez’s distinctive vocal style and political activism had a significant impact on popular music in the early 60’s. She was one of the first musicians to use her popularity as a vehicle for social protest, singing and marching for human rights and peace. Hear a collection of her early traditional folk ballads and laments sung solely to her own guitar accompaniment.

20:30 Old Blue – Joan Baez
20:33 Sail Away Ladies – Joan Baez
20:35 Colours – Joan Baez
20:38 Carless Love – Joan Baez
20:40 Wildwood Flower – Joan Baez
20:43 The Lily of the West – Joan Baez
20:46 It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – Joan Baez
20:50 Lonesome Road – Joan Baez
20:52 Pal of Mine – Joan Baez
20:55 Rake And Rambling Boy – Joan Baez
20:57 There But For Fortune – Joan Baez

Afrobeat – Tom Beesley

Afrobeat draws on West African musical genre’s including Highlife and US soul music by the likes of James Brown. Widely attributed to band-leader Fela Kuti and drummer Tony Allen the music developed in Lagos, Nigeria in the 1970s and was centred around Fela’s nightclub called the Afrika Shrine.

21:00 Water No Get Enemy – Fela Kuti
21:07 Kalabuley Woman – Pierre Antoine
21:11 Ise Nla – Tony Allen
21:17 Roforofo Fight – Fela Kuti
21:22 Gentleman – Fela Kuti

Tom Waits – Simon East

Waits has built up a distinctive musical persona with his trademark growl. Waits’ lyrics frequently present atmospheric portraits of grotesque, often seedy characters and places. He has incorporated blues, jazz, and vaudeville into his songs. Lately he has moved in more experimental directions.

21:29 Ol’ 55 – Tom Waits
21:33 Opening Intro – Tom Waits
21:36 Emotional Weather Report – Tom Waits
21:40 Jersey Girl – Tom Waits
21:45 16 Shells From A 30.6 – Tom Waits
21:49 Clap Hands – Tom Waits
21:52 Temptation – Tom Waits
21:56 Alice – Tom Waits

Riot Grrrl – Georgina Richmond

Underground punk movement, Riot Grrrl, originated in the early 90’s. As part of the third wave feminist movement it often addressed issues such as rape, domestic abuse, patriarchy, sexuality and female empowerment. It showed girls as a “revolutionary soul force” with the power to change the status quo.

22:00 Girl Germs – Bratmobile
22:02 Double Dare Ya – Bikini Kill
22:04 Cherry Bomb – The Runaways
22:07 Rebel Girl – Bikini Kill
22:09 Brat Girl – Bratmobile
22:11 New Radio – Bikini Kill
22:12 Sweet ’69 – Babes In Toyland
22:16 She’s A Carnival – Siouxsie and the Banshees
22:20 Reject All American – Bikini Kill
22:22 I Heard It Through The Grapevine – The Slits
22:25 Carnival – Bikini Kill
22:27 Queens Of Noise – The Runaways

Rhythm & Sound – Tom Beesley

The project was established by Mark Ernestus and Moritz Von Oswald at the back of the Hardwax record shop in Berlin in 1997 and was part of the Basic Channel group of labels. They became well known for blending deep Techno, sweeping synths, glitch and hiss.

22:30 Mango Drive – Rhythm & Sound
22:35 Never Tell You (with Paul St. Hilaire) – Rhythm & Sound
22:40 Masikulu Dub – Mark Ernestus, Konono No.1
22:46 Queen in My Empire (with Jennifer Lara) – Rhythm & Sound
22:52 Aground – Rhythm & Sound
22:58 Pattern 4 – Moritz Von Oswald Trio

All Ears 007 – 20th June 2017

These are the tracks we played:

For those of you on Spotify most of these tracks are in this playlist : All Ears 007 Playlist.

Pauline Oliveros – Tom Beesley

Born in the U.S. in 1932, Oliveros is a key figure in the development of post-war experimental and electronic music. Most famous for initiating the concept of ‘deep listening’ – an idea perfectly at home at All Ears.

20:00 Fragments – Pauline Oliveros
20:07 Thirteen Changes: No. 5, A Sip of Midnight Well Water – Pauline Oliveros, Silvia Tarozzi
20:10 Suiren – Pauline Oliveros
20:18 Deep Hockets – Stuart Dempster, Pauline Oliveros, David Gamper, Deep Listening Band
20:22 Sound Patterns – Pauline Oliveros, Vocal Constructivists, Jane Alden
20:25 Crossing the Sands – Pauline Oliveros

Freezing Hot – Robert Gibson

The Freezing Hot half hour concentrates on (mainly) jazz from northern climes. A combination of Scandinavian cool, Swiss precision and British-based intrigue.

20:30 Elevation of Love – Esbjorn Svensson Trio
20:36 Love Is Real – Viktoria Tolstoy
20:41 Modul 48 – Nik Bartsch’s Ronin
20:48 Maybe It’s You – Sonic Stories
20:53 Blessed Feet – Tord Gustavsen Trio
20:57 If Ships Were Made To Sail – Scott Walker

David Sylvian – Simon East

David Sylvian came to prominence in the late 70s as the lead vocalist and songwriter in the group Japan. For a while their record company promoted Sylvian as “the most beautiful man in pop.” Japan broke up in 1982, since when Sylvian has produced many recordings, collaborating with a large number of different musicians including Robert Fripp, members of CAN and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Born David Batt, as a fan of the New York Dolls, he adopted his stage name from Sylvain Sylvain.

21:00 …Rhodesia – Japan
21:04 Forbidden Colours – Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Sylvian
21:08 Sons Of Pioneers (Live) – Japan
21:13 Red Guitar – David Sylvian
21:18 Buoy – Mick Karn
21:21 Taking the Veil – David Sylvian
21:25 Blackwater – Rain Tree Crow

Super Fly – Tom Beesley

Written and produced by Curtis Mayfield, Super Fly was the soundtrack to the Blaxploitation film of the same title from 1972. Widely regarded as a classic of 70s funk and soul, Super Fly dealt with themes of drug use and deprivation with a social awareness – and made a great deal more money than the accompanying film.

21:30 Little Child Runnin’ Wild – Curtis Mayfield
21:35 Pusherman – Curtis Mayfield
21:40 Freddie’s Dead (Album Version) – Curtis Mayfield
21:45 Give Me Your Love – Curtis Mayfield
21:49 Eddie, You Should Know Better – Curtis Mayfield
21:51 No Thing on Me (Cocaine Song) – Curtis Mayfield
21:56 Superfly (Album Version) – Curtis Mayfield

Boiling Cool – Robert Gibson

Boiling Cool offers a bit of smoulder from the southern States; from Vietnam (via Paris) and Spain and concluding with an opportunity to ‘get on down’…

22:00 Ain’t Misbehavin’ (feat. Liam Noble & Paul Clarvis) – Mark Lewandowski, Liam Noble, Paul Clarvis
22:06 Love Me Like A River Does – Melody Gardot
22:10 Chinoir – The Nguyen Le Trio
22:15 Tupelo Honey/Angel – Cassandra Wilson
22:21 Cristobal – Renaud Garcia-Fons
22:26 I’m Confessin’ – Lizz Wright
22:28 Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine – James Brown

Progressive House – Simon East

Progressive house emerged in the UK after the first wave of US house music. It’s roots can be traced back to the early 1990s UK rave and club scenes. In 1992, Mixmag described it at the time as a “new breed of hard but tuneful, banging but thoughtful, uplifting and trancey British house.” The Guerilla Record Label was pivotal in defining the sound with acts like Spooky and DOP.

22:31 Metropolis – Metropolis
22:36 Funky Guitar (Uk Remix Lion Rock Inna Milanese) – TC 1992
22:39 I’m stronger now – Definitive Two
22:42 Body Medusa – The Leftfield Remix – Supereal
22:45 Here I Go – D.O.P.
22:47 Come Into My Life (Hart Fab Mix) – Abfahrt
22:52 Stereo – Spooky

All Ears 006 – 15th June 2017

These are the tracks we played:

For those of you on Spotify all of these tracks apart from Rachel Sedman’s Italian Soundscape are in this playlist : All Ears 006 Playlist

Italian Soundscape – Rachel Sedman

Sounds recorded during the course of a week in the Dolomite region of Northern Italy amongst alpine mountains and stunning lakes. An experiment in listening as part of learning to be and understand a place.

Stereolab – Simon East

Stereolab are an English-French band formed by Tim Gane and Lætitia Sadier in 1990 in London. They were a couple at the time but separated in 2004. Their sound is heavily influenced by 70’s Krautrock and 60’s Lounge. They have also been influenced by the Marxist and Situationist movements. They have released almost all their music on their own Duophonic Records label allowing them total control over their output. The band has been on indefinite hiatus since 2009.

20:30 Mellotron – Stereolab
20:33 Avant Garde M.O.R. – Stereolab
20:37 The Free Design – Stereolab
20:41 Diagonals – Stereolab
20:46 Captain Easychord – Stereolab
20:51 Les Yper-Sound – Stereolab
20:53 Ping Pong – Stereolab
20:56 French Disko – Stereolab

Pop Genius – David Hesmondhalgh

Pop is often the most despised form of music but at its best reaches out beyond the niches and filter bubbles we live within, to connect with common experiences of loss, excitement, confusion, melancholy, hope, shame, lust, and love. Many people can hear the greatness in old pop like Bacharach and David and Barry White – but there’s some truly great pop music around today too.

20:59 Get It Together – Drake, Black Coffee, Jorja Smith
21:03 Stay – Rihanna & Mikky Ekko
21:07 Begin Again – Taylor Swift
21:10 Green Light – Lorde
21:14 Take a Walk – Passion Pit
21:18 SexyBack – Justin Timberlake & Timbaland
21:22 Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
21:25 Lean On (feat. M0 & DJ Snake) – Major Lazer

Contemporary Harp – Rachel Sedman

A taster of the diversity of modern harp sounds from psychedelic jazz harp to electronic modern harp with some folk in-between.

21:28 Journey In Satchidananda – Alice Coltrane & Pharoah Sanders
21:29 The Quiet at Night – Mary Lattimore
21:39 Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie – Joanna Newsom
21:43 Muted – Zeena Parkins
21:51 Essence of Sapphire – Dorothy Ashby
21:54 Sacrifice – Bjork
21:58 Talkin’ All That Jazz – Stetsasonic

Hip Hop Jazz Encounters – David Hesmondhalgh

Hip hop has always shown interest in jazz, whether sampling, or bringing in musicians. Recently, the links have grown stronger, and even more creatively fruitful.

22:03 Food – Ghostface Killah, BadBadNotGood
22:06 Maiysha (So Long) – Miles Davis, Robert Glasper, Erykah Badu
22:10 Institutionalized – Kendrick Lamar, Bilal, Anna Wise, Snoop Dogg
22:15 No Time To Play – Ronny Jordan, Guru’s Jazzmatazz
22:20 Jazz (We’ve Got) – A Tribe Called Quest
22:23 Walk On By – Thundercat & Kendrick Lamar
22:26 Special Affair – The Internet

Godspeed – Simon East

Godspeed You! Black Emperor is a Canadian experimental music collective which originated in Montreal in 1994. Their expansive sound ranges from post-rock to drone to ambient. The group have long been associated with the anarchist movement. A number of side projects have grown out of the original group, some of which we will play tonight, including Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, Fly Pan Am, HṚṢṬA, Esmerine, and Set Fire to Flames.

22:29 Storm – Godspeed You! Black Emperor
22:32 13 Angels Standing Guard ‘Round The Side Of Your Bed – Silver Mt. Zion
22:38 Bibi a nice, 1921 – Fly Pan Am
22:40 Hechicero Del Bosque – Hrsta
22:48 Deja, Comme Des Trous De Vent, Comme Reproduit – Set Fire To Flames
22:53 The Dead Flag Blues – Godspeed You! Black Emperor

 

All Ears 005 – 18th May 2017

These are the tracks we played:

For those of you on Spotify most of the songs are in this playlist : All Ears 005 Playlist

The Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto film we played you can find on vimeo here.

Absurdists – Simon East

A collection of acts that have produced odd, funny and sometimes absurd songs. Featuring: Ivor Cutler, The Bonzo Dog Band, Stump, Half Man Half Biscuit and more…

20:00 Hold My Hand – The Rutles
20:02 Jilted John – Jilted John
20:05 Barabadabada – Ivor Cutler
20:06 Whip It – DEVO
20:08 You’re My Drug – The Dukes Of Stratosphear
20:11 The Trouser Press – The Bonzo Dog Band
20:14 Sometimes I Wish I Was A Pretty Girl – Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians
20:16 Gruts For Tea – Ivor Cutler
20:18 All I Want For Chrismas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit – Half Man Half Biscuit
20:21 Where’s Me Jumper? – Sultans Of Ping F.C.
20:24 Buffalo – Stump

Ryan not Bryan – Steve Parker

David Ryan Adams is an American singer-songwriter, musician and producer. He is best known for his prolific solo career, during which he has released fifteen albums.  He was born in 1974 in Jacksonville, North Carolina USA and was a member of alternative country band Whiskeytown with whom he released three albums before going solo.

At a concert in 2002, someone in the audience jokingly yelled out a request for “Summer of ’69,” a hit by the similarly-named Bryan Adams which he did not take well. In 2015, Ryan, who had since become friends with Bryan, played “Summer of ’69” at the end of a performance at the same venue.

20:28 Do You Still Love Me? – Ryan Adams
20:32 Firecracker – Ryan Adams
20:35 Nuclear – Ryan Adams
20:38 Two – Ryan Adams
20:41 Kim – Ryan Adams
20:44 Everybody Knows – Ryan Adams
20:46 Let It Ride – Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
20:50 This Is It – Ryan Adams
20:53 Anybody Wanna Take Me Home – Ryan Adams

Roots Reggae – Tom Beesley

By the end of the 60s Jamaican music was taking a more spiritual turn, combining Rock Steady, Blues, Gospel and Nyabinghi drumming with tenets from the Rastafarian religion. The new music spoke to the ghetto sufferer and the rural poor – addressing issues of oppression, black pride and a return to Africa – during a period of turbulent social change.

20:57 Unity – Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus
21:00 Lamb’s Bread Collie – Cedric IM Brooks & The Light of Saba
21:04 Know Jah Today – The Abyssinians
21:07 I and I Are the Chosen One – Prince Far I
21:10 African Roots – Extended – Johnny Clarke
21:16 Truths And Rights – Johnny Osbourne
21:19 Marcus Senior (Original Mix) – Burning Spear
21:24 None Shall Escape the Judgement – Johnny Clarke
21:27 Zion Gate – Yabby You

Sarah Records – Steve Parker

Sarah Records was a UK independent record label active in Bristol between 1987 and 1995. It is best known for its recordings of indie pop, mostly released on 7″ singles. It’s rare releases now command large sums.  The final track tonight is from a rare 12″ single by The Field Mice that is a very different sound from the jangly guitar pop they and many other Sarah Records acts tended to favour.

21:30 If You Need Someone – The Field Mice
21:34 It’s Only Obvious – The Orchids
21:36 Pristine Christine – Sea Urchins
21:39 Sensitive – The Field Mice
21:44 Sunflower – The Springfields
21:48 Please Rain Fall – Sea Urchins
21:51 Carbrain – The Wake
21:54 Triangle – The Field Mice

Noto & Sakamoto – Tom Beesley

This set features a film of a performance from 2016 by Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto that takes place in the iconic Glass House in Connecticut, designed by the architect Philip Johnson in1949. The artist’s sample sounds generated from the architecture and also incorporate sounds from the weather outside.

You can find on vimeo here.

PAN label – Simon East

PAN is a record label based in Berlin and run by Bill Kouligas. Their releases mainly focus on experimental electronic and dance music. They have released tracks from established artists like Rashad Becker, Trevor Wishart and Florian Hecker, and supported emerging talents such as M.E.S.H., Helm and Objekt.

22:26 Ratchet – Objekt
22:31 Olympic Mess – Helm
22:37 The Black Pill – M.E.S.H.
22:39 Fr3sh – Kareem Lotfy
22:43 Held – Malibu
22:49 Untitled Reversion – Lee Gamble
22:52 Severance – ADR

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All Ears 004 – 20th Apr 2017

These are the tracks we played:

For those of you on Spotify most of the songs are in this playlist (though quite a few of the Anti Folk and Drum and Bass ones are not on Spotify unfortunately): All Ears 004 Playlist

Systems Music – Simon East

Systems Music refers to repetitive works that evolve gradually, often over long periods of time. Steve Reich is perhaps the composer most associated with this form of music. Philip Glass and Michael Nyman are other well-known exponents of this form.

19:56 Piano Phase – Steve Reich
20:04 Sarabande – La Monte Young
20:06 Strung Out – Philip Glass
20:10 Io – Dawn of Midi
20:16 Keyboard Study #1 – Terry Riley
20:20 Clapping Music – Steve Reich
20:24 Six Marimbas – Steve Reich

Lo-Fi Anti-folk – Jeremy Lewis

Anti-folk is a musical genre emanating from New York in the 1990s and adopted in the UK in the noughties. It promotes witty and honest song-writing over technique, and personality over polish. Some see it as the evolution of folk, others as a low-fi combination on punk and folk. In some ways, it is more of a scene than a genre. “The fact that no one knows what it means, including me, makes it kind of mysterious and more interesting than saying that you’re a singer/songwriter.” (Jeffrey Lewis)

20:30 Friends of Mine – Adam Green
20:32 Heavy Heart – Jeffrey Lewis
20:34 Drinking Beers With Mom – Lach
20:38 Smokescreen A Capella Techno Blues – Jim Flynn
20:41 Tramp Star – Brian Piltin
20:45 Novotel – Adam Green
20:46 Paper Forest (In the afterglow of Rapture) – Emmy the Great
20:50 Laugh laugh clap your hands – Bored Housewife
20:52 Octopus’s Garden – Jeffrey Lewis
20:54 Wee Ma Moo – Dufus

Modern Classical – Tom Beesley

A rather broad and indefinable category, that never-the-less allows us to select a range of tracks by contemporary composers and musicians employing traditional orchestral instruments and the piano.

21:00 Floating/Sinking – Peter Broderick
21:03 Opaque – Hildur Guonadottir
21:06 Drift – Mica Levi
21:09 Autumn Music 1 – Max Richter
21:13 Gardermoen – Julia Kent
21:17 Golden Times I – Ben Lukas Boysen
21:23 Barok Main – Mica Levi & Oliver Coates
21:26 Violin Solo, No. 1 – Peter Broderick

Persian Psych – Jeremy Lewis

The Golden Age of Persian Psychedelic Pop refers to the music scene in Iran from the 60s up to the Islamic Revolution in 1979, after which pop music was outlawed. The genre encompasses early western-influenced psych-pop, underground garage bands, psych-funk and emerging heavy rock, … all with a distinctly Eastern twist. Only relatively recently available in the West, the music variously incorporates traditional folk tunes and instruments with heavy basslines, disco-funk grooves, sitars and psychedelic guitar riffs.

21:30 Helelyos – Zia
21:31 Raks Raks Raks – Moha Jamin
21:37 Talagh – Googoosh
21:41 It’s Alright – The Rebels
21:43 I Saw Her Standing There – The Rebels
21:45 Dokhtar-E Darya – Group Takhala La
21:48 Hadjme Khali – Kouroush
21:51 Soul Raga – Mehrpouya
21:55 Mosem-E Gol – Parva

Progressive D&B – Simon East

Drum and Bass emerged out of the UK Jungle scene in the 90s. The more Jazz and Ambient influenced Progressive version emerged in the mid 90s. LTJ Bukem (and his Logical Progression compilations) and Photek were two of the scene’s prime movers during this period.

22:00 The Hidden Camera – Photek
22:03 Music – LTJ Bukem
22:05 Sleepless (Exclusive Mix) – Optical
22:08 Soul Beat Runna – Boymerang
22:11 Skylab – Ed Rush
22:14 Motions (Vip Mix) – Intense
22:16 Black Domina – Source Direct
22:20 Vocal – Peshay
22:23 PAC 3 – Override
22:26 Act 3: Radio Start Point [Fade at Will] – T Power

Geir Jenssen – Tom Beesley

Under the moniker ‘Biosphere’, Jenssen has often been cited as one of the originators of electronic ambient music. Based in northern Norway he has been releasing records since 1990 and has also produced film soundtracks and field recordings. The film work features part of ‘fish story’ by the American artist Allan Sekula, along with other similar footage.

22:29 CORONA – Biosphere & Higher Intelligence Agency
22:35 WHITE LIGHTNING – Biosphere & Higher Intelligence Agency
22:39 City Wakes Up – Biosphere
22:45 Path Leading to the High Grass – Biosphere
22:48 Daphnis 26 – Biosphere
22:54 Freeze-Frames – Biosphere
22:56 Departed Glories – Biosphere
23:01 Warp/warpable – Biosphere & Deathprod

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All Ears 003 – 16th Mar 2017

These are the tracks we played:

For those of you on Spotify most of them are in this playlist: All Ears 003 Playlist

Gamelan – Tom Beesley

Gamelan is the traditional ensemble music of Bali and Java in Indonesia. Using mainly percussive instruments, the music for religious and formal ceremonies dates back nearly 1000 years. There are a range of tracks tonight from different traditions both old and new.

19:58    Dhungchen – Field Musicians
20:01    Prayer For The Bride And Groom – Gentra Pasundan
20:03    Trance Gong – Gamelan Pacifica
20:11    Gondang Haro-Haro – Gondang Sabangunan
20:16    Gilak – Gong kebyar
20:25    Gamelan – Maggi Payne
20:28    Dhungchen – Field Musicians

Sound As Art – Gary Winters

This selection considers work where sound is the medium for artworks. Is it visual art or experimental music? Maybe both. Surveying the last 100 years pieces emerge in absurd spoken form from the Dada, Surrealist and Fluxus movements, explode through technology in conceptual art, minimalism and site-specific works, and find form in wry and ironic ditties from contemporary experimental theatre and performance.   

20:30    Understanding – Martin Creed
20:33    Printer Concert – Baktruppen
20:34    Voice Piece For Soprano – Sonic Youth
20:34    Let’s Get Brutal – Williams Fairey Brass Band
20:37    What a Day – Throbbing Gristle
20:41    John Cage Excerpt N.6 – John Cage
20:41    Border Control – Martin Creed
20:42    Piano Piece #13 – Sonic Youth
20:46    My Beer – David Shrigley
20:46    Please Come Back – Baktruppen
20:49    A Short Hop From Sarajevo – Project Dark
20:50    Ursonate: III. Scherzo – Kurt Schwitters, Christopher Butterfield
20:53    John Cage Excerpt N.9 – John Cage
20:53    One Thousand Cycles – Christian Marclay
20:55    Sketch 2 – Basil Kirchin
20:57    California Dreamin’ – Alexi
20:58    Let Them In – Martin Creed

Bristol Sound – Tom Beesley

The Wild Bunch were a dancehall sound-system established in Bristol in the mid 80s by Nellee Hooper (who went on to form Soul || Soul with Jazzy B) and Robert Del Naja (who went on to form Massive Attack). Vocalists Tricky and Horace Andy, producers Smith & Mighty and sound engineer Geoff Barrow (Portishead) were all connected to the sound-system.

20:59    Aftermath – Tricky
21:05    Spying Glass – Massive Attack
21:10    6 Underground – Sneaker Pimps
21:14    Safe From Harm – Massive Attack
21:18    Wandering Star – Portishead
21:23    B Line Fi Blo – Smith & Mighty

Hendrix Anniversary – Duncan Cooper

Jimi Hendrix’ rise from session guitarist to the world’s hottest festival act took a mere 12 months. Pure showmanship and a string of distortion fuelled classics guarantee his rock immortality to this day. His musical evolution over 4 years as a solo artist contributed greatly to the 60’s psychedelic movement. Sunday was the 50th anniversary of Jimi playing in Ilkley, on March 12th 1967, at the Troutbeck Hotel.

21:28    Alexis Korner Introduction (BBC Sessions) – Alexis Korner
21:28    Third Stone From The Sun – Jimi Hendrix
21:34    Up From The Skies – Jimi Hendrix
21:36    If 6 Was 9 – Jimi Hendrix
21:41    Freedom – Jimi Hendrix
21:44    Little Wing – Jimi Hendrix
21:47    Ezy Ryder – Jimi Hendrix
21:51    Hey Joe (alternate take, BBC Sessions) – Jimi Hendrix
21:54    Voodoo Child (Slight Return) – Jimi Hendrix
21:59    Traveling With The Experience (BBC Sessions) – Jimi Hendrix

~Scape Label – Tom Beesley

Following five years working as a sound engineer for Basic Channel, Stefan Betke established and ran ~Scape records in Berlin between 1999 and 2010. Betke also recorded tracks under the name Pole and built the label into a pioneer of ‘glitch and click’ electronica.

21:59    Do Dekor – Jan Jelinek
22:05    Warum – Pole
22:10    half sleep – BUS feat. MC Soom T
22:13    The Way Things Change – Mapstation
22:18    Slow Rot From Rhetoric – Deadbeat
22:24    Stadt – Pole
22:27    Tendency – Jan Jelinek

Desert Blues – Duncan Cooper

Desert blues is a musical tradition emanating from the Western Sahara. In the 90s Ali Farka Toure brought the distinctive guitar style out of the dunes and to international attention. The civil war that followed in Mali meant that tapes of new bands were passed furtively around at Tuarag rebel camps. From this a new groove emerged, mimicking the sway of the camel and popularised by the likes of Tinariwen and Terakaft.

22:30    Penda Yoro – Ali Farka Toure
22:36    Sa Golo – Boubacar Traore
22:40    Tisnant an Chatma – Tamikrest
22:45    Ka Moun Ke¨ – Rokia Traore
22:49    Alghalem – Terakaft
22:53    Bazani (Mali) – Djime Sissoko, Djama Djigui
22:56    Cler Achel – Tinariwen

 

 

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All Ears 002 – 16th Feb 2017

These are the tracks we played:

For those of you on Spotify most of them are in this playlist: All Ears 002 Playlist

Matthew Herbert – Simon East

Matthew Herbert is a British electronic musician. He releases music under a large number of aliases: Herbert, Doctor Rockit, Radio Boy, Mr. Vertigo, Transformer, Wishmountain, and his Big Band. He often samples sounds from everyday items and then loops these to produce tracks. When playing live he will build entire tracks up from scratch based on samples.

20:00 Turning Pages – The Matthew Herbert Big Band
20:08 So Now – Herbert
20:14 Radio – Wishmountain
20:20 Roman Candle – Doctor Rockit
20:23 Hollywood – radio boy
20:27 Rude – Herbert

Gil Scott-Heron – Tom Beesley

An American soul singer, jazz poet and musician who first came to prominence through his spoken-word performances in the 1960s. Scott-Heron fused soul, jazz and blues with a lyrical content addressing social and political issues. Tonight’s selection draws together some of his more personal recordings concerning his family and his battle with addiction.

20:31 On Coming From A Broken Home (Pt. 1) – Gil Scott-Heron
20:33 Grandma’s Hands – Gil Scott-Heron
20:38 Pieces of a Man – Gil Scott-Heron
20:43 The Get out of the Ghetto Blues – Gil Scott-Heron
20:48 Home Is Where The Hatred Is (Live) – Gil Scott-Heron And Brian Jackson
20:58 Your Soul And Mine – Gil Scott-Heron

Krautrock – Simon East

Krautrock is a genre of music that developed in Germany in the late 1960s. It was more influenced by electronic music and jazz than traditional rock influences and is often characterised by fast driving drum rhythms and melodic synth or lead guitar lines. The term “krautrock” was coined by English-speaking music journalists as a humorous name for the genre.

21:00 One More Night – CAN
21:05 Almost – Harmonia and Brian Eno
21:10 Hallogallo – NEU!
21:15 Jennifer – Faust
21:20 Ho Renomo – Cluster and Brian Eno
21:25 Amboss – Ash Ra Tempel

African Beats – Tom Beesley

A selection of dance-oriented tracks that have emerged from various parts of Africa recently, with sounds from Senegal, Uganda, the DRC and the South African club scene. There are two tracks of ‘Congotronics’ together with a remix and a collaboration between a group of Dakar based musicians and Mark Ernestus of Basic Channel in Berlin.

21:30 Bosamba Ndeke – Bolya We Ndenge
21:43 Jigeen – Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force
21:47 Fula Fula – Konono No.1
21:52 Afrika – Osborne
21:56 Wa Muluendu – Kasai Allstars

Nordic Soundtrack – Simon East

A selection of tracks by bands, many of Nordic or Icelandic origin, that produce the kind of evocative music that could be the soundtrack to a film.

22:01 Violent Lights – Nordic Giants feat. Alex Hedley
22:05 Sinking Friendships – Jonsi
22:10 Intro – the Soil & the Sun
22:10 Are You? – the Soil & the Sun
22:15 Bats In The Attic – King Creosote and Jon Hopkins
22:19 Muscle – Gwilym Gold
22:22 Chemical Trails – M. Craft
22:25 Peace for Earth – Four Tet

Gondwana Records – Tom Beesley

Gondwana Records is a small independent jazz label based in Manchester. Established in 2008 by saxophonist Matthew Halsall, the label is home to GoGo Penguin, John Ellis and The Gondwana Orchestra among others. Matthew Halsall is playing at the Wardobe in Leeds on 5th April.

22:30 The Land Of – The Gondwana Orchestra
22:35 Murmuration – GoGo Penguin
22:39 A Far Away Place – Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra
22:46 Kamaloka – GoGo Penguin
22:51 The Ladder – John Ellis
22:57 Longshan Temple – The Gondwana Orchestra

 

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All Ears 001 – 19th Jan 2017

These are the tracks we played:

For those of you on Spotify most of them are in this playlist: All Ears 001 Playlist

Ambient Outdoors – Tom Beesley

As a statement of intent the opening set mixes field recordings of bird song, winter landscapes and some violent weather with acoustic instruments and electronica to create a quietly atmospheric soundscape.

19:59 Spring Fever – Biosphere
20:02 Starling Song – Chris Watson
20:03 Studies for Thunder – Robert Henke
20:08 Meroo Forest – Seaworthy + Matt Rosner
20:11 Corncake – Chris Watson
20:11 Meroo Stream – Seaworthy + Matt Rosner
20:14 Sift – Matt Rosner
20:19 Male Capercallie Display – Chris Watson
20:21 February 21, 2013 – Seaworthy & Taylor Deupree
20:23 Massed Knot Roost – Chris Watson
20:25 Studies for Thunder – Robert Henke

Hansa Studios – Simon East

The Hansa Tonstudio is a recording studio located in Berlin. It is perhaps best known as the studio where Bowie recorded Low and Heroes in 77 during his Berlin phase, but in the 80s was used to record many influential records, many by British bands. Here is a selection of some tracks recorded there.

20:31 Always Crashing In The Same Car – David Bowie
20:34 Cloudburst Flight – Tangerine Dream
20:40 Sie – Einstürzende Neubauten
20:46 Say Goodbye to the Little Girl Tree – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
20:51 Point Of Collapse – Wire
20:53 Everything Counts – Depeche Mode
20:55 Eighties – Killing Joke
20:57 Velouria – The Pixies

Contemporary Piano – Tom Beesley

Gathering together a collection of more recently recorded tracks where the piano features strongly and that might perhaps best be described as Modern Classical (with a bit of Jazz).

21:00 Written On The Sky – Max Richter
21:02 Hands – Bugge Wesseltoft
21:07 Fragment – Max Richter
21:08 Re – Nils Frahm
21:12 Hammers – Nils Frahm
21:16 Aurora – Alva Noto & Sakamoto
21:24 One Percent – GoGo Penguin

Lounge Journey – Simon East

Lounge music is hard to characterise and has come to encompass many different subgenres. This is a journey through the Easy Listening sounds of the 50s, to the Exotica, Space-age and Bossa Nova music of the 60s and 70s.

21:30 Theme from The Thief Who Came to Dinner – Henry Mancini
21:32 Who’s Sorry Now? – Esquivel
21:35 I Wish You Love – Arthur Lyman
21:38 Star Fire – Bob Thompson
21:40 Desiree – Robert Drasnin
21:43 Quiet Village – The Surfmen
21:46 Tidal Stream – Piero Umiliani
21:48 Constant Rain – Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66
21:51 Tide – Antonio Carlos Jobim
21:55 Los Jibaros – Cal Tjader & Eddie Palmieri

Rock Steady – Tom Beesley

Rock Steady emerged from the vibrant Jamaican music scene in 1966 with Alton Ellis’ ‘Rock Steady’ (opening tonight’s set). Influenced by R&B, latin and African sounds Rock Steady slowed down Ska’s frenetic beat introducing the ‘one-drop’ off-beat drum pattern.

21:58 Rock Steady – Hopeton Lewis
22:00 Stop That Train – Keith & Tex
22:04 Real Cool – Tommy McCook and the Supersonics
22:07 That Girl – Lloyd & Glen
22:09 No Sympathy – Bob Marley & The Wailers
22:12 No Sympathy (Dub) – The Upsetters
22:14 Tonight – Keith & Tex
22:17 Sidewalk Killer – I-Roy
22:20 Jah Jah Me No Born Yah – Cornell Campbell
22:23 Four Hundred Years – Bob Marley & The Wailers
22:25 Step Softly – Bobby Ellis

Carsten Nicolai – Simon East

Carsten Nicolai is a German musician who releases recordings mostly under the name Alva Noto. He is known as one of the pioneers of glitch electronic music. As well as his own recordings he often collaborates with other musicians including: Ryoji Ikeda, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Bryce Dessner.

22:29 C7 – Cyclo
22:33 Hawk Punished – Alva Noto & Bryce Dessner
22:35 Lines – Signal
22:36 Mm – Alva Noto
22:41 Module 4 – Alva Noto
22:44 Mikro Makro – Ø + Noto
22:47 Uoon I – Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto

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