This came from Molly Sheridan, managing editor of NewMusicBox, the American Music Center‘s new music webzine. It’s her response to the fabulous pop music playlist I posted here a while back. Many readers of the blog won’t know the music Molly picks, but check out how she presents it. Molly’s in her late 20s, and knows more about reaching a young audience than most of us. Her approach reminds me a bit of The Ring and I, the lively and engrossing introduction to Wagner’s Ring that WNYC (New York’s public radio station) broadcast a year ago. (More on that elsewhere.)
My favorite genre—since it doesn’t really have a name—suffers from a serious identity crisis. I need a mix to show people that even if you can’t program it properly into an iPod playlist, it still should get an invite into your six-disc CD changer.
My mix tape request:
Who says you can’t dance to it? I’ve never had much coordination anyway.
“Acrobatic Dancers” from The 23 Constellations Of Joan Miró: Bobby Previte
858 Quartet-4: Bill Frisell
No Crime: Elliott Sharp
Hey, I hear vocals. I thought this was all violins and shit.
As We Know (Three Rumsfeld Songs): Phil Kline
“Frozen Warning” fromKiss: John Cale
Gotham Lullaby: Meredith Monk
Actually, can I get more violin in the monitor.
Fog Tropes II for String Quartet and Tape: Ingram Marshall
Lost Signals And Drifting Satellites: Annie Gosfield
Lachen Verlernt for solo violin Esa-Pekka Salonen
Wait, I think I saw that guy with the composition degree play the Knitting Factory.
Stereo Music for Serge Modular Synthesizer: Keith Fullerton Whitman
The Ice (Feels Three Feet Thick Between Us): Aarktica
Bonus tracks: Damn, I think I’m addicted. You call this “challenging”? Bring it on.
Superscriptio: Brian Ferneyhough
Workers Union: Andriessen