FEATURES FOR THE WEEK
ZOE KEATING: CELLO REFRACTIONS
Infinite cellos on an ambient chamber music plateau
Zoe Keating plays cello, but she's never really followed the classical path. Instead you'll find her wearing a bustier and playing with the cello-gothic rock band, Rasputina or accompanying techno-pop siren Imogen Heap. But on her own, she dresses down and creates cello echoes in a real time looping system to build layered compositions with up to 16 cello lines. Born in Canada and until recently a resident of San Francisco's Natoma Street, Zoe Keating talks about her cello deviations and her latest CD, named NATOMA, for her former residence. View the Playlist
SAUL STOKES: HUMMING HARMONICS AND SOLDERED SOUNDSCAPES
Electronic explorer gets melodies from humming voices, not circuits.
Saul Stokes is a willful experimenter, but much of his music comes from humming around the house and playing piano. When he puts those melodies and themes through his homemade electronics and computers, it becomes a world of spinning orbits and galactic slides. After years on the avant-garde fringe, Stokes has put out his most accessible and sonically captivating album yet, called VAST. Saul Stokes takes our hands and wanders into the electronic landscape of VAST. View the Playlist
EDGAR MEYER: SOLO BUT NOT ALONE
Classical country bassist goes the Mike Oldfield route
Edgar Meyer is a virtuoso bassist and a composer who's as likely to write a classical concerto as a country tune. We've heard him with Bela Fleck and Yo-Yo Ma among many other musicians. He could've gotten anyone to play on his new album, but instead, he did it all himself, multi-tracking bass piano and strings from classical to country. Edgar Meyer talks about his one man fantasy. View the Playlist
A LIVING ROOM CONCERT WITH MARK JENKINS
English retro-space musician plugs in and takes off
in the Echoes Living Room
Mark Jenkins has a house full of vintage synthesizers, but when he comes into the Echoes Living Room, he just plugs up a laptop and a keyboard to get sounds that took Tangerine Dream a stage full of equipment to achieve 30 years ago. Jenkins has been on the English electronic music scene for years, as a music editor of some of England's biggest electronic music magazines, starting his own record label, and making retro-space music in his spare time. Mark Jenkins crossed the pond to visit the Echoes studio and play his music live.View the Playlist
Playlists for previous weeks can be found at our Playlists Archive.
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