I decided to start this list on 17 October 2014 while driving home after hearing Rie Nakajima play at Cafe Kino in Bristol. Originally I was building it on a separate site but have decided to move it here as it makes more sense. For some time I’d been formulating a view that there has been a real shift in new music over the past ten years towards a more communicative and immediate type of work. It’s hard to define, and in a sense this list does that without needing to explain I hope. The work is engaging for me, provokes a response (normally positive), and changes my view of the world. It often makes me smile. The pieces and people listed here are personal selections, representing work which is important to me and has left a deep impression. Some of it was experienced live, some of it via recordings or online. Most of the work is relatively recent, although there are a number of older pieces which anticipate what I see as the current intent from some performers, composers and sound artists to communicate in a more immediate way without compromising the rigour of the work. Of course, there’s a lot of music I love which is not included here, but it tends to communicate in a different way. Some of the entries are for specific pieces, while others are for people: this tends to be where their general practice transcends concerns found in a particular piece of work.
I’ll start transferring a few pieces across in the next week to see how it works. Very excited about all of the music here.