October Light Playlist

Wolfgang Mitterer, Music for Checking e-mails

Alvin Lucier, Almost New York; There are some lovely drone/tuning pieces on here from Lucier. “Twonings” sets cello against piano, the stringed instrument at times matching the piano note while at others the cellist plays a sharp or flat microtone, setting up Lucier’s characteristic sonic beating. Having two live musicians playing, rather than one against an oscillator, adds both extra tension and expressive beauty.

Tom Hamilton, Off-Hour Wait State; Ever wait for the subway at 4:00am? A classic, mesmerizing.


Sonic Youth, Goodbye 20th Century; Is it a classic punk rock album, a classic of rock improvisation, or a classic set of 20th century experimental music? Yes to all, and one of The Big City’s Essential recordings.

Stay Awake and September Songs; two of producer Hal Willner’s finest collections, the first interpretations of songs from Disney movies, the second some exceptionally fine ‘covers’ of some of Kurt Weill’s greatest songs, like “Youkali Tango” and “Lost in the Stars.” This in honor of Robert Wilson’s production of The Threepenny Opera, which I’ll be seeing tonight. Stay Awake, with it’s humor, intelligence and beautiful narrative, is another Essential recording.http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=thbicibl-20&o=1&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=B000002GFM

London Chamber Orchestra, Minimalist; this collection has gone through several releases, and even if you know the music is worthwhile for the exceptional performances.

London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble, From the Steeples to the Mountains