10846241_582170961883908_1189681911026258476_nKarlheinz Stockhausen – Montag aus Licht, Spiral, Mikrophonie, Stimmung, Ceylon/Prozession
John Luther Adams – the Light That Fills the World
John Williams – the Great Paraguayan Guitar Music of Barrios
Jean Michael Jarre – Oxygene, Equinoxe
Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge
Gov’t Mule – Sco-Mule
Steve Kuhn Trio – Mostly Coltrane

71gyNVYbZhLYou need to chill out. Listen to this.


Time-stretched version of the album ‘Ambient 1: Music For Airports’ by Brian Eno.

‘Music for Airports’ was the first of four albums released in Brian Eno’s ‘Ambient’ series- a term which he coined to differentiate his minimalistic approach to the album’s material and “the products of the various purveyors of canned music”.

The music was designed to be continuously looped as a sound installation, with the intent to diffuse the tense, anxious atmosphere of an airport terminal. Eno conceived this idea while being stuck at Cologne Bonn Airport in Germany in the mid-1970s. He had to spend several hours there and was extremely annoyed by the uninspired sound atmosphere.

It was installed at the Marine Air Terminal of New York’s LaGuardia Airport for a brief period during the 1980s.

edgar-froese-aqua-lp-14698-MLB3408420783_112012-FBack in 1973, I was fascinated with Tubular Bells, the album by Mike Oldfield. One of my first album purchases, I listened to it a lot. On the way home from a trip to Berlin in ’74 with my parents to visit relatives, we stopped in London for a few days. I made it point to check out some record stores and found copy of Phaedra by Tangerine Dream. It was on the same label as Tubular Bells. It had synthesizers. It had a cool cover. I bought it and listened to it a lot when I got home.

My friends and I bought more albums. We went to Korvettes at the North Brunswick Shopping Center and Crazy Eddies in East Brunswick. Cheap Thrills in New Brunswick (used records, one flight up). We checked the import bins and bought more albums with synthesizers and cool covers.

As the synthesizer technology changed, so did the bands sound. I kept listening to Tangerine Dream until Force Majeure and then got interested in other things. I kept listening to those early purchases for years, I still think they’re magic. Phaedra, Rubycon, and then Aqua by leader Edgar Froese. Flutes, analog synths, mellotrons and the music was a bit more mysterious and dark before the band became increasingly more commercial. Single minded sequencers repeating a simple riff while someone played a melody.  The earlier albums were ok, but not as interesting. The Virgin years were the golden age for that band.

Edgar Froese (June, 6 1944 – January 20, 2015)


Edgar Froese – Aqua


Tangerine Dream – Phaedra


Tangerine Dream – Rubycon

John Luther Adams – Four Thousand Holes
John Luther Adams – in the white silence
Kyle Gann – Nude Rolling Down an Escalator
Africa Express Presents… Terry Riley’s In C Mali
Mother Mallards Portable Masterpiece Co., 1970-1973
Frank Zappa – Uncle Meat
Frank Zappa – the Yellow Shark
Bjork – Vulnicura
John Abercrombie – While We’re Young
Norma Winstone – Mirrors
Gary Bartz – Juju Man
Pat Metheny – Question & Answer
Brand X – Unorthodox Behaviour, Moroccan Roll, Masques
Soft Machine – Live in France, Floating World Live
Allan Holdsworth – Blues for Tony

The video to accompany the latest album from Africa Express – the first African version of Riley’s minimalist classic – recorded in Bamako, Mali in October 2013.

Director Roland Hamilton takes us on a journey through the streets of the Malian capital and into the makeshift studio at local youth club Maison Des Jeunes, offering glimpses of the creative process behind ‘Africa Express Presents… Terry Riley’s In C Mali’ with local and Western musicians plus musical director André de Ridder.

I included Nels Cline and Julian Lage’s Room in my Notable releases of 2014 list. It’s quite a stunning album of guitar duets. Here’s an audience video and a Fretboard Journal interview.


Nels Cline and Julian Lage
Ottawa Jazzfest 06/25/14

Fretboard Journal Live: Nels Cline and Julian Lage

“On January 14, 2015, the Fretboard Journal welcomed guitarists Julian Lage and Nels Cline (Wilco) to our headquarters for this installment of Fretboard Journal Live. Lage and Cline discuss how they met through jazz legend Jim Hall; they talk about the gear they’re using for their duo gigs (a Gibson Barney Kessel Custom for Cline; a Linda Manzer archtop for Lage); and they discuss the art of improvisation.

Cline and Lage perform three tunes from ‘Room,’ their debut album together.”

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