Sunday, July 31, 2011

Three of the Best

This Thursday (August 4) on SoundScape, we will hear some pieces by three modern ambient artists.

Tune in to Yarra Valley FM 99.1 from 9 pm or get it streamed live from the website.

Our first artist is Woob. Woob is the stage name of Paul Frankland, an acclaimed British ambient musician of the 1990s. Woob’s albums combine elements of ambient, dub and world music, with samples from field recordings, movies and television. Frankland has also recorded under the names of Journeyman and Max & Harvey. Woob's first full length album, Woob 1194, was released by Em:t in 1994 and was immediately regarded as a milestone in ambient music.

We will hear Odonna, Fourteen Thirtythree and On Earth.

Our second artist is Boards of Canada. First off, Boards of Canada aren't Canadian, they come from Scotland! BoC are a Scottish electronic music duo consisting of brothers Mike Sandison and Marcus Eoin.

Boards of Canada's music is reminiscent of the warm, analogue sounds of 1970s media and contains themes of childhood, nostalgia and the natural world.

We will hear Twoism, Tears from the Compound Eye and Music is Math.

Our thirad artist will be Riley Lee, an American-born Australian-based shakuhachi player and teacher. In 1980 he became the first non-Japanese person to attain the rank of Dai Shihan (grand master) in the shakuhachi tradition. He is a recipient of two of the most revered lineages of shakuhachi playing, descending from the original Zen Buddhist 'priests of nothingness' of Edo. From 1973 through 1977, he toured internationally as a fulltime performer of taiko (festival drums) and shakuhachi with Ondekoza (now called Kodo), a group of traditional Japanese musicians. They performed with such groups as the Boston Symphony Orchestra

We will play Return of the Fishermen and San'an.

This week's Goon Show will be 'Operation Christmas Duff'.

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