Buke & Gase on Finding Perfect Musical Moments
Coloring "traditional technique" with pedals, amplifiers, foot percussion and various DIY inventions, Brooklyn duo Buke and Gase has developed a unique approach that's at once jolty pop and abrasive experimental music.
Tristan Perich on Connections Across Structure, Genre & Style
Sound, visual and installation artist Tristan Perich is fascinated with the sound of 1-bit electronics – low fidelity tones generated with the least possible amount of digital information. His Mixtape features music where "each piece is in dialogue...
Dawn of Midi on Tightropes and Intelligible Shapes
Though New York City's Dawn of Midi resembles a jazz trio, their mechanical, textured music has more in common with post-rockers Tortoise or the pensive electronica of Squarepusher than, say, Miles Davis.
Beyond the Limits of Language with John Supko
Combining electronics and found sounds with more conventional orchestration, the music of John Supko often carries an otherworldly quality. Not surprisingly, his Mixtape features music with similar qualities.
David Harrington's World of Music
For this week's mixtape violinist David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet offers a playlist that jumps freely across time periods and continents, from Erik Satie to Nam June Paik to traditional Scandinavian folk music.
The Sound of the Road with Jolie Holland
The music of California-based singer-songwriter Jollie Holland shares music by Morton Feldman, Harry Partch and Egyptian singer-composer Mohammed Obdel Wahab.
Music to Leave this World with John Luther Adams
The music of John Luther Adams seethes with the serenity and savage violence of his Alaskan home, particularly in works like In the White Silence and Earth and the Great Weather. Listen to his Mixtape.
The Bad Plus's Ethan Iverson on Living Piano Music
Pianist for the adventurous jazz trio The Bad Plus, Ethan Iverson has performed with such legends as Fred Hersch, Lee Konitz and Charlie Haden. His Mixtape streams features piano music from Rzewski to Birtwistle.
Profound Simplicity with Caleb Burhans
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans has become a truly ubiquitous figure in the New York new-music scene. His Mixtape includes music by Jóhann Jóhannsson and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
Visceral Connections with Jóhann Jóhannsson
The music of Iceland composer and producer Jóhann Jóhannsson draws from a palette of ambient music, post-rock and orchestral music. His Mixtape includes visceral music from Mahler, Messiaen and Stockhausen.
Exploring Musical Communities with Vijay Iyer
Grammy-nominated composer and jazz pianist Vijay Iyer defies genre both with his own solo and collaborative releases. His Mixtape highlights styles within and outside "classical" music.
Conrad Tao on Subverting Sonic Expectations
At only 19, composer-pianist Conrad Tao already has an enviable career. He recently released his debut album "Voyages" and, earlier this month, curated UNPLAY, a three-day new-music festival.
Steven Mackey's Music for Sleepless Nights
The music of Grammy-winning composer and guitarist Steven Mackey has been performed by an extensive roster of orchestral and chamber groups. His Mixtape features selections to get you through sleepless nights.
Deerhoof's Bite-Sized, Mullet-Grabbing Mixtape
Over the course of their twelve album career, Deerhoof has proven itself one of independent rock's most consistently inventive and eclectic ensembles. For their Mixtape, each member contributes 15 minutes of their favorite classical music.
Captivating Sound Worlds with Daniel Wohl
Electroacoustic composer Daniel Wohl has collaborated with a growing roster of ensembles including So Percussion, Eighth Blackbird the ensemble TRANSIT, with whom he'll release the forthcoming record "Corpus" later this month.
"Who is This?" with People Get Ready
People Get Ready has been honing its unique mix of music and modern dance since its inception in 2009. The band recently performed at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry. Hear their Mixtape.
Eighth Blackbird's Rough-and-Ready Free-for-All
Grammy-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird keeps a busy concert schedule, including premieres from Aaron Jay Kernis, Bryce Dessner and Steve Mackey in 2013 alone. Listen to their "free-for-all" Mixtape.
Mark Dancigers with Music that Moves
Composer and electric guitarist Mark Dancigers is Artistic Director of the New York-based NOW Ensemble. His Mixtape includes music by Paul Lansky, Jan Gabarek as well as fellow composer-guitarist Steven Mackey.
Olga Bell with Music that Challenges
Composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Olga Bell has collaborated with Osvaldo Golijov, Philip Glass and the hip hop group Das Racist. Bell appeared as part of last weekend's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival at BAM.
Julia Holter: Music to Hear Now
Today's mixtape comes courtesy of Los Angeles-based experimental singer/songwriter Julia Holter, a featured artist in this week's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, a festival that blurs the boundaries of indie rock and contemporary classical music.
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