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Gang Violins came into existence on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Gang Violins make wordless music that speaks to you. Personnel includes current and ex-members of An Emerald City, Stray Theories and Sora Shima.
The artist and producer duo Aliquo from Surrey, England, present a special guest mix that’s full of little surprises. We also managed to get a quick interview with them. Streaming Now
Jessica Elizabeth Kelly is a singer/songwriter and soundtrack composer based in London and York, England. Jessica presents her playlist for spacesfm. Streaming now and on demand
Any thoughts behind your track choice and placement for your mix?
“For this mix in general, I wanted to utilize deep, melodic, atmospheric and progressive breaks with a bit of a pyramid shape and form. I wanted the mix to start slow and deep and gradually move towards a more progressive and aggressive territory, then gradually wind back down.”
What inspires your best music creation moments?
What’s the latest exciting project you’re working on?
“Trukers and I just finished a remix for the band The Panic Division, which is a rock/electronic group. The stems were super fun to play with and it was a bit different moulding a rock song into a progressive breaks track. All and all, we are really happy with the end result and the feedback has been great.”
Favourite composers, producers or DJs at the moment and why?
This is a hard one as there are so many talented artists out there… I would say BT, Trukers, Beta, Clandestine, Under This, Schodt, Geon, Abdomen Burst, Colombo and many more. As for why, well these artist all have signature styles of electronic music and to be honest, they were the first to come to mind.”
What tracks are getting the most rotation in your sets at the moment?
“When it comes to progressive breaks, I would say Trukers, Alfoa, Digital Department, Schodt, Evgeny KoTT & Abdomen Burst. When it comes to playing live and or more aggressive breaks, I would say Beta, Clandestine, Under This, Geon & Colombo”
Any words of inspiration for the people out there?
“Do what you love and love what you do!”
Maddie Hanover the Australian born composer amazed us with her compositions, entertained us with her mixtape if that’s not enough she then answered a few questions for us. Here’s the results.
Whats your name?
Where do you currently reside, live?
How long have you been composing and how did you get into it?
I’ve been writing my own music since I was small. I learnt the piano on and off throughout my childhood, but classical repertoire never interested me too much – I was much more happy listening to music that I loved and learning to play it by ear on the piano. This then translated into composition, as I wanted to be able to play the music I heard in my head all the time! I had a break from the piano for 8 or 9 years when I formally learnt the flute, but I came back to the piano and began to play more seriously and frequently. I was a bit of a movie buff when I was younger, and I loved listening to the scores. For me, scores make more sense musically and emotionally than classical music. Looking back, I think I composed in this way because I lived in my head a lot. I had so many creative ideas for music at such a fast pace that film music, which can be quite fragmented, was a perfect fit.
What inspires your best music creation moments?
When I sit down at the piano, I usually just start playing whatever comes into my head. Sometimes I’ll walk past the piano and just think I’ll quickly play something – and then I’m there for hours. Often I will go on and on repeating things or changing from one piece to the other. I’ll suddenly realise that I’m playing something new or different and have no idea how I got there!
What was the thoughts behind your track choice and placement for your playlist?
I tried to create a playlist that flowed well. I’m a huge Thomas Newman fan, so I included a lot of his work. I wanted a strong opening, and ‘Orchard House’ is a beautiful, joyous track. I wasn’t conscious of creating any particular narrative or story, but I wanted each piece to flow on from the previous one in a way that made sense musically. A lot of the music I’m fond of is very minimal or subtle, or has its own ascent and descent, beginning and ending on a pensive, thoughtful note. I tried to work up to a peak point around the three-quarter mark with some faster-paced music, such as Hans Zimmer and Clint Mansell, who both combine electronic elements with classical instruments really effectively. I then wanted to come down from the extreme tension in ‘Summer Overture’ and release some emotion with ‘Locke’d Out Again’ (anyone who is a Lost fan will understand just how heart-wrenching that track really is!). Then ‘Finale’ works up again but in the last 30 seconds or so just releases all that tension and finishes with that beautiful Vaughan Williams-like theme that we heard earlier in ‘Balloon Music’.
It wasn’t as hard as I expected finding places for my pieces in the tracklist. ‘A Call to Open Spaces’ worked well in between ‘Cathedral’ and ‘Angels in America’ as they all have religious themes in their composition or context of the films/scenes they’re from. I placed ‘Submergence’ following ‘The Cannery’ because there is a strong water theme running through the ‘In The Bedroom’ soundtrack and I felt they fit well together. Finally I put ‘On the Shore’ as the penultimate piece because it’s very meditative and pensive – working really well before the last bit of excitement in ‘Finale’.
Warsaw based Scottish musician Neil Milton – whose music is described as a “snowdrift of ambient soundscapes, electronic experiments and haunting, elegant modern-classical compositions” – will release a pay-what-you-like, Creative Commons licensed double e.p. set on Manchester’s Valentine Records on August 13th 2012. The double e.p. is available from the label’s bandcamp website, valentinerecords.bandcamp.com.The first e.p. is titled ‘Skies’ and contains 4 modern-classical compositions including longtime favourite, ‘Elegy for Tramway’; a lullaby written for Neil’s 1 year old niece, Charlotte, called ‘As You Sleep’; and a new song called ‘Taiwan’. ‘Skies’ predominantly features piano and string quartet, though on the