Coming up on the next Echoes it’s new music by singer Sharon Van Etten We’ll hear something from her new EP called “I Don’t Want to Let You Down.”
Clarinet isn’t an instrument you often hear in electronic music, but it’s a central part of the sound of Digitional the English ambient chamber music band headed up by Andrew Dobson. Along with violinist Samy Bishai, Dobson creates a music of haunting melodies and luxurious moods. Their latest album is Beautiful Broken, where they find a common ground between chilled electronic grooves and the modern classicism of Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt.
Hearing Air performing on Jean-Michel Jarre’s forthcoming album, E-Project, reminded me of the great performance they played for us back in 2004. We first interviewed Air back in 1998 when their first album, Moon Safari came out. They’ve been on since then in 2007 with a Blindfold Test in the Echoes Chamber and again in 2012 when we talked about their last album, Le Voyage Dans La Lune. Here’s a couple of pictures from their 2014 session.
In the world of space and ambient music, the German group called Cluster are eccentric wizards, musical alchemists who defied traditions, even the ones they helped create in 1970s Berlin. One half of this influential band, Dieter Moebius, died on July 20 at the age of 71. We listen back to an interview with Cluster from 1997, and hear some music from Cluster, Harmonia, and Cluster and Eno.