Nocturnal is a freeform radio show delivered Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. EDT through an ominous cloud full of sounds & sarcasm. Modern composers, indie sounds and electronic hubbub from then and now. I will be back after the quarantine and COVID-19 pandemic comes to a close, hopefully sooner than later.
Until we’re back live on air, I created this unique playlist made specifically for days spent indoors during these quarantine times. The aural environments you’re about to hear feature infinitesimal soundscapes throughout. You’ll also hear gorgeous ambient tones and timbre, field recordings and electronic synths. Find a good listening environment in your abode, grab a cup of tea and listen to these majestic modern composers when you can. If you feel like supporting them, every song in this playlist is from Bandcamp, where you can access more info about each artist and download these songs for as little as $1.00 each. Do it. You’ll be glad you did. 🎧
Claire M Singer is a composer, producer & performer of acoustic & electronic music, film and installations. This track was recorded at Union Chapel in London on an organ built by Henry Willis in 1877. Violin extracts from “Land of the Standing Stones” composed & performed by Paul Anderson.
Fennesz uses guitar and computers to create shimmering, swirling electronic sound of enormous range and complex musicality. His lush and luminance compositions are anything but sterile computer experiments. They resemble sensitive, telescopic recordings of rainforest insect life or natural atmospheric occurrences, an inherent naturalism permeating each piece. This is from an album based on piano compositions/ improvisations which Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto and was recorded while touring Japan.
Composer Eraldo Bernocchi created an evocative soundtrack for a documentary film on artist Cy Twombly. The soundtrack is suitably atmospheric, underscoring the life and times of the American painter-sculptor-photographer, who influenced many. All music composed, arranged, produced and mixed by Bernocchi.
This piece is from a film score composed by Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, with Sigur Rós contributing two pieces. Hilmarsson, also known as HÖH, was once a member Psychic TV and has composed over 20 soundtracks. He is one of my favorite composers.
Michael Deragon is a film composer and visual artist based in Los Angeles with roots in New Hampshire. Deragon’s music is looming haunting waves and pulses, heart-breaking melodies and new emotive experiences. This track features cello, guitars, and voice.
Modern composers Yair Elazar Glotman and Mats Erlandsson have been collaborating for about 5 years and are about to release their second album together. The new record is called, ‘Emanate’ and it explores their idea of a ‘displaced sound’ by combining both electronic and acoustic sounds through analog and electronic methods. It’s a cross between the classical and electronic world.
Glåsbird’s new music is a peaceful description of the cold Norwegian fjords. There are familiar modern tones of both piano and strings throughout, but these sounds are paired with field recordings and interesting noises that are imagined, not necessarily collected onsite.
Fuller was born in the U.S. but raised in Japan. He’s a musician and multimedia artist currently based in Tokyo. Originally composed for an installation in Tokyo with visuals by Synichi Yamamoto, Sanctuary is a new long form composition and it’s at times ethereal, but very beautiful. Like many artists, he’s had shows and tours canceled, so he is offering this track as pay what you like via Bandcamp to assist with income.
Franck Zaragoza is the artist behind Ocouer. He creates extraordinary synth ambient music full of mystery and melancholy with plenty of emotion and added bliss.
Michigan based duo Windy Weber & Carl Hultgren have been making mesmerizing, dreamy ambient guitar music since 1992 and I’ve been a fan since probably 1995. I was lucky enough to see them perform live at Terrastock in 1997. Their new album ‘Allegiance and Conviction’ is now available and this track is my favorite.
Scott Morgan is the Vancouver-based electronic/ambient music composer known as Loscil. He recently released Baychimo, which is based on the SS Baychimo, a ship that sailed the Canadian arctic becoming trapped in 1931 from ice. The vessel was left adrift for over 30 years in the north… In 2015, Loscil originally released this as an app/album called, “Adrift.” When Morgan is not creating music as Loscil he is the drummer for Destroyer.
Sometimes psychedelic, this drone music is always captivating and mesmerizing. Based out of Brooklyn, NY Growing have released more than 15 albums, but this is my favorite piece from 2004.
Gavin Miller is worriedaboutsatan and his forthcoming album will be available on May 8th. Miller is from Bradford, England and has been recording music and performing this type of electronic-glitch-rock since 2005. Fans of post-rock will absolutely love this, but I included it here for it’s opening serene sounds and it’s slow, but fantastic build. Turn it up.
David Pearce has made some amazing albums over the last 28 years recording as Flying Saucer Attack. Beautiful guitar loops and tranquil overdub sounds lead to a wide open atmosphere full of gloomy, yet enjoyable resonance. I’ve been a fan since the mid-90s, having seen him perform live only once. Please enjoy.
• Jason Boucher is the host of Nocturnal, a freeform radio show heard Tuesday evenings at 8PM on WSCA and streaming online at wscafm.org