WARMER MIXTAPES #1194 | by Colin Vallon of Colin Vallon Trio
1. The Bulgarian State Radio And Television Female Vocal Choir | Trenke, Todorke (Bulgarian Folk Song from Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares Volume 2)
It has a very profound archaic sound to it and yet very light and childlike. Moves me like no other songs.
2. Radiohead | Jigsaw Falling Into Place
+ Videotape... Those two songs are closing the In Rainbows album which is one of my favorite ever. Jigsaw’s pulse and Videotape’s dreamlike simple revolving harmonies are two side of the same coin to me. The urgency of Making Sense and the haunting of Nostalgia.
3. Björk | Unravel
It seems I have a feeble for strong simple melodies of broken beauty. I am a great admirer of Björk’s Music. But even a greater fan of her voice that like the Bulgarian choir combines a child’s innocence with a kind of archaic wildness.
4. John Coltrane | Out Of This World (Jo Stafford with Paul Weston And His Orchestra Cover)
Sheer power. This is like a tsunami!
5. Johann Sebastian Bach | Goldberg Variations: Variation 25 (Played by Glen Gould, The 1981 CBS Masterworks recording)
Glenn Gould captures the essence of Bach’s composition in his interpretation. He manages to underline the compositional elements in a very clinical way and keep the emotional beauty of it. Bach is the master anyway.
6. György Ligeti | Études: L’Escalier Du Diable (Played by Konstantinos Papadakis)
The spirals of endless repetitions. I love Ligeti, one of my favorite contemporary composers. His Piano Music is one of the most interesting of the 20th Century and wether it’s very complex like in the Études or very simple like in Musica Ricercata, it always has a strong musical purpose, emotionally very dense.
7. Alva Noto | U_07
+ Autechre - Gantz Graf... Two tracks of Noise Glitch Electronica Music. As Alva Noto's Unitxt album is more Minimal and features French vocal artist Ann-James Chaton that reads credit cards bills in rhythmic cold yet hypnotizing tone, Autechre’s track is totally busy and brutal in it’s ever changing timbres. Those two pieces share the same energy that I really like. One in the reduction, the other in the overload.
8. Hasna El Becharia | Djazaïr Johara/Ah Oueja
I love Gnawa Music of Morocco. It allies the complexity of West African Rhythm with the strong solemn North African desert-melodies. And Hasna’s voice has this beautiful-broken quality that I keep mentioning.
9. Miles Davis | The Buzzard Song (with George Gershwin's orchestra under the direction of Gil Evans)
God, I wish one day I will be able to play only one note like Miles' first tone on this tune.
10. William Basinski | dlp 1.1
Mr. Basinski created basically some loops of 30 seconds or so in the 80s, recorded on magnetic tapes. He then went into a studio to record them on a digital format. He let them loop and went to have some coffee. As he came back, he realized that through this process, the tape were changing progressively being erased through the repeated playing. He decided then to let the recording run until the tape would be completely erased. For the story, his studio was in Brooklyn and he finished the recording of those tapes the morning of September 11th 2001. So he saw the towers get down with this Music playing in the background. The first loop goes on for over an hour and if you go through the whole process, it does something to you. These loops, it’s like seeing a person or an animal that you get to know very well, be born, grow old and die. I just listened to this for the first time recently on a train trip through Holland with this crazy march light and huge skies. The ever rolling though never changing landscapes seemed to give answer to this sound. It was one of the strongest experience I’ve had listening to Music…