modern classical

Thomas Ragsdale – Bait

Elegant, diverse and distinct, the arctic vitality of Thomas Ragsdale’s ‘Bait’ – whose origins arose as the soundtrack to the Dominic Brunt film of the same name – tells a solemn and in places disquieting tale that stands well on its own, riddled with delicate nuance and a hyperborean conviction.

With tracks such as ‘Who Holds The Devil, Hold Him Well’ acting as a somewhat blissful introduction to the inevitably weighty and emotive chronicle that is to follow, immediately from the launch of this sonic anthology we are met with an intricacy and persuasion inclined towards that of rapturous energy. We are enticed deeper into the mellifluous warrens of Ragsdale’s dulcet environment as ‘Warning Mass’ seeks to lock our attentiveness with denser noisescapes and lacunar chords of pensive sureness, thus demonstrating the perfection of temper held throughout the album’s entirety.

M&Ms – Lumina Mix

  “Today I want to Honour my Soul, may that always be my first choice, my first dream and first Love. I finally understanding why I am here, I am here so that I might Love. Love my Mind, my Heart and my Body allowing my Soul to Manifest unconditional Love.” 00:00 – “Requiem For The Static King Part Two” by A WINGED VICTORY FORr THE SULLEN – 05:34 – “Mr. Smarty Man” by THOMAS NEWMAN – 06:42 – “Arabian Dance” by SVEN KACIREK – 09:32 – “The Journey” by GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA – 12:13 – “Workfield” by

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Leah Kardos – Three Preludes EP

Leah Kardos & Ben Dawson – Three Preludes

A fascinating presentation, Three Preludes contrasts the natural with the artificial, juxtaposing a trio of hand played piano pieces with derivative electronic-based abstract interpretations, commenting on music’s changing states by showing it’s progression and origins. The final recordings of Leah Kardos’s three original compositions are informed by recordings of the process that preceded them, from the first sight read with all it’s mistakes to ambient noise from the rehearsals. By considering this the listener becomes acutely aware of not only the process that is behind a recording but also the human element of the pieces; one can imagine Ben Dawson sitting down at the piano to play, warming up his hands and adjusting his seat before putting his fingers to the keys and beginning to navigate the bars in front of him, his understanding of what he is performing growing with each note played.

The longest of the three piano pieces, Draw, plays on moments of intense sadness and passages of uplifting hopefulness echoing the idea of process that underpins the Ep. It begins somewhere in between the two extremes with a strong nostalgia that casts a rose tinted lens over ones memories, summoning happy moments from the past. Then rather suddenly the melody lifts, rising and cascading with all the flurry of activity and aspiration, no longer looking back but carving a path into what is to come. Before long it settles once again but now the joyful sense of retrospect has been lost and the listener is left in the cold, unforgiving preset. The music starts to drag and falter like aspirations that have been crushed.

Steve Gibbs – Ambient Modern Classical

This mix of Ambient Modern Classical is Steve’s second mix of this type featuring some of his favourite Modern Classical and Ambient artists.

New Steve Gibbs & Cyrus Reynolds – In Passing EP

On the playlist this week: new EP from Steve Gibbs & Cyrus Reynolds.

Lights Dim & Endless Melancholy Soft Steps EP

Endless Melancholy is a music project from Kiev, Ukraine, producing minimal piano and ambient sounds.

Zuurb Guest Mix

Host of web radio Polarlichter shares his love of Ambient and Alternative music with spacesfm. Starting 12.04.13 8pm & 2am

A Strangely Isolated Place SpacesFM Guest Mix

This mix has gone through so many edits but I finally landed on something i’m really happy with. It’s a little different from my usual mixes in its approach, as i’ve been a little more creative with the transitions and inclusions. The artists who are featured are overall, pretty well known so I tried to mix it up a little in terms of style and atmosphere to always keep the listener on the edge. Looking at the tracklist it’s quite easy to look over a mix like this as the inclusions are somewhat a little obvious in places, and so it ended up being a hall-of fame when it comes to many of my big influences, both old and new. We are proud and honoured to present Ryan Griffin of ASIP.

In Conversation with Endless Melancholy

After the amazing 4 hour set he provided for us we spoke to Oleksii Sakevych to find out more about Endless Melancholy. Read the full interview inside.

1.What is Endless Melancholy?

During the first months of the project existence it was fun for me to describe Endless Melancholy using a Wikipedia quote, edited by me and semi-serious: “Endless Melancholy – (from Greek μελαγχολία – melancholia, “endless sadness”) , in contemporary usage, is an endless mood disorder of non-specific endless depression, characterized by low levels of both enthusiasm and eagerness for activity”. Later I changed it into – “Endless Melancholy is the solo-project of self-taught musician, Oleksii Sakevych, from Kiev, Ukraine, started in November 2011. Endless Melancholy was launched to express the passion and love to minimal piano and ambient music.” Basically, it says everything one needs to know about the project. It’s not meant to be neither pretentious, nor innovative. It’s just a reflection of my personality in simple instrumental tunes.

2.Which part of the world are you from and what’s so good about it?

I am from Ukraine, a country in Eastern Europe, but I never wanted my music to be tagged as Ukrainian. This definitely does not mean that I don’t love the place where I live, it’s just because music should not be limited with anything, especially geographical borders. As for Ukrainian independent music scene – there are tons of good musicians of various genres here, but only few of them have enough eagerness, dedication and luck to get recognition. I won’t list any names, maybe in a year or two you will hear all of them.

3.Where is you’re favourite place to find new music. website? magazine?

Aaaaaand, the first place goes to….! Seriously, I remember myself being a child and recording weekly charts of my favourite tracks and artists on pieces of paper. Who knows, maybe that’s how was born. Its creators have just put into life the ideas they have been dreaming of since their childhood. Number one website for discovering new music and promoting your own. is quite good for these purposes, too. I also like reading about albums, not only listening to them. There are myriads of great music blogs on web – A Closer Listen, The Sirens Sound, to name just a few. Sorry for not listing all of them, because it would take forever.

4.What’s an exciting or interesting thing your working on at the moment?

Well, there are a couple of them. First one is a collaborative EP with a Polish musician, recording music as Lights Dim. This is not the first experience of collaborating with people from other countries for me, but definitely the most exciting one. As I noticed, we share some common views on music, that’s why I expect this EP to be many times better than stuff I could have ever produced on my own. And working on internet, sending each other recordings via mail is interesting experience, too. The other thing I always dreamed to try is running my own label, making physical releases. You know, physical release is a kind of fetish nowadays. It is not necessary to own a CD to listen to it, you can easily download it in digital, either legally or illegally (everyone choses his own way). Buying a physical release has become a way to show your support to the musician and to what he is doing. I am among those people, who cherish sounds in physical, and especially some limited editions in original handmade packaging. That’s what I totally love, and that passion was the incentive for me to launch Hidden Vibes, my own small physical releases label. First two releases already scheduled and hopefully the debut one will see the world late December. Another work in progress is a new solo album for Endless Melancholy. Have no idea, when it will be done.

London – DC Electronic Composer

A mix by London-DC Electronic composer based in London. Streaming now and On Demand.

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