Our first classical release. Ghostly International and Wordless Music present the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble’s exemplary performance of Terry Riley’s ‘In C’, recorded live at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge on November 8th, 2009. The 16-person ensemble—including special guest NY electronic producer/composer Dennis DeSantis on laptop and effects—plays “In C” in a trim 65 minutes, filling the room with pulses, note clusters, and undulating walls of sound. As DeSantis’ electronic noises dance around the periphery, Riley’s masterpiece has never sounded more otherworldly.
They say some of the best art is born of struggle, but in the case of Shigeto’s Semi Circle EP, that struggle began more than 50 years ago, when the artist’s grandmother was a prisoner in her own country, locked in a Japanese internment camp in the US. Half a century later, her diminutive, half-Japanese grandson fought to forge his own identity as a musician and bi-racial American, ultimately taking the name Shigeto (his middle name) as a tribute to his great grandfather. The Semi Circle EP, Shigeto’s first release for Ghostly International, is a deep, vividly beautiful suite of electronic music—the opening salvo of Shigeto’s ode to family, melody, and the art of the beat.
Jason Amm’s new single as Solvent is the first taste of Solvent’s upcoming full-length Subject to Shift, and a sterling example of what happens when classic pop songwriting meets analogue circuitry. In ‘Loss for Words’, buzzing synths, crisply understated drum programming, and an air of gentle melancholy prevail. The tune is also a significant step forward for Amm, as his singing has matured into a clear, organic tenor and sweet orchestral sings dominate the song’s climax. “Loss for Words” is a robotic ballad with a human heart.
Across 11 cuts from as many artists, the Spectral Sound compilation captures the most recent essential output from Ghostly’s continuously evolving dancefloor imprint. Includes Lee Curtiss’ “Smoking Mirrors”, Bodycode’s “Immune”, Seth Troxler’s “Hurt (feat. Matthew Dear)”, and Audion’s “I Am the Car”. One-stop shopping at its best.
Ghostly International has spent our first decade in constant motion, building a catalog of category-defying music that pushes forever forward, forging new stylistic connections and breaking new artistic ground at every juncture. The Horizon Line / Ghostly By Night double-disc compilation is a state-of-the-label address featuring ten remixes and reinterpretations of Ghostly classics and ten new, forthcoming, and unreleased songs from artists including Lusine, School of Seven Bells, Deastro, Shigeto, Pale Sketcher (aka Jesu), and Matthew Dear.
[The two-CD physical edition of Horizon Line / Ghostly By Night comes in a special DVD-style wallet, and drops on May 4th, 2010.]
The Music for Creatives compilation is a joint effort between longtime admirers Ghostly International and Behance. Its release coincides with The 99% Conference, Behance’s yearly summit on creativity and productivity. Music for Creatives is built to inspire deep dives into the dark waters of creativity.
Music for Creatives features tracks from The Sight Below, Christopher Willits, Tycho, Lusine, and more, and is completely, 100% free.
In the year since the 2008 release of Glider, The Sight Below honed his craft and traveled the world, toting his equipment to distant cities and festivals, playing breathtaking audio/visual performances, and wandering off into the night. Evidently, this was time well-spent. With his new album It All Falls Apart, The Sight Below expands upon his strengths at every turn, collaborating with Slowdive’s Simon Scott and crafting a paean to impermanence, an ambient meditation that uses the sounds of sadness in the service of sweet emotional catharsis.
The original 1999 edition of Dan Sicko’s Techno Rebels is one of techno’s defining documents, a social and critical history of an oft-misunderstood genre with worldwide relevance. This 2010 edition of Sicko’s techno tell-all—copies of which are now available at the Wayne State University Press—focuses more deeply on Detroit as an incubator for the music’s creative heroes and biggest proponents (including, full disclosure, a nice spotlight on Ghostly International) and fills in the history up to the present day’s kaleidoscope of styles. [Buy a copy of Techno Rebels at the Wayne State University Press.]
We recently sat down with Mr. Sicko to discuss music, Detroit, and, well, mostly Detroit actually. After the clickthrough, Five Questions with author Dan Sicko…
1. In exactly 13 words, how would you describe Techno Rebels to a stranger?
Simultaneously demystifying and celebrating techno’s Detroit origins. Don’t flip straight to the index.
2. What was your most meaningful techno-related musical experience?
The first time my friend Hassan brought me to the Music Institute. I was very lucky to experience this small, very dark club, ridiculously alive with sound. In 1980s Detroit, this was a real anomaly.
3. What are you doing at this exact moment, and what will you be doing one month from now?
Working in New York; recuperating in Detroit.
4. What’s the one record you can’t live without, and why?
I still go back to R-Tyme’s ‘R-Theme,’ which is still this amazing collision of melancholy and joy to me. It’s hard to describe and very representative of Detroit techno.
5. How about a piece of sage advice for the younger generation?
nice interesting, nuanced things about Detroit.