Throughout, he continued to run club nights (A Love From Outer Space insisted that no DJ play a record any faster than 122 BPM), helm a succession of independent record labels, and release remixes that displayed an unerring ability to get inside a song, retaining or even amplifying its essence no matter how much he chose to alter the original. The eclectic nature of his own music taste meant that he was as capable of doing this to a track by expansive US psych band Wooden Shjips as he was leftfield pop duo Confidence Man or a deep house artist. As a DJ, he was as at home playing a rapturously-received guest slot at London’s Horse Meat Disco as he was playing what he colourfully termed “absolutely full-knacker, proper panel-beaters-from-Prague-’ere-we-go techno”. … [Read more...] about Andrew Weatherall: lone swordsman who cut new shapes for British music
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Paul Hartnoll, keyboards and sequencers I was in a garage band called Noddy and the Satellites. It was very easy to drift away and do something else. I’d seen Gary Numan performing Are “Friends” Electric? on Top of the Pops, but I only really got into electronics when Phil bought himself a drum machine. I got myself a synthesiser and came up with the basis of Chime in a spare two hours between finishing work washing dishes and going to the pub. … [Read more...] about How we made Orbital’s Chime
Robert Levin, pianist It is impossible for me to limit Schubert works that I cannot live without. Even if I were willing to shed those that beguile (such as the 3rd, 5th or 6th symphonies, the Trout Quintet or the A major sonata), and focus on Schubert the visionary, who peers into the abyss and reveals to us life's most shattering truths, it would be impossible to choose among the G major string quartet, Winterreise, the E-flat piano trio, the C major Cello Quintet, the late A major piano sonata… all indispensable chronicles of the human condition to which certain works (the Adagio from Mozart's Adagio and Fugue comes to mind) are harbingers, but exist in lonely and supreme intensity.Robert Levin performs with Steven Isserlis at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, on 27 and 29 April. … [Read more...] about Schubert: Ferocious, tender, sublime
Incidentally, Bengal was one of the first states to take a forward-looking step when the CAB put in a place an ambitious Vision 2020 plan. It was launched in 2014 and was Ganguly's brainchild - he was the CAB's joint-secretary then, with Dalmiya still the boss. The plan was to get the cricketing greats from across the world to nurture young talent. "We want to help players in Bengal. I realise the need of having the expertise to take Bengal players ahead. These youngsters need special guidance and we can't have better persons than Waqar [Younis] and Murali [Muttiah Muralitharan]," Ganguly had said at its inception. … [Read more...] about What is ailing Bengal cricket?
In addition to a guitar workshop, New York City-based guitarist and composer Xander Naylor will be in India for a special performance alongside guitarist Vinay Kaushal and drummer Shreyas Iyengar at the Blue Room this week. Naylor, who can blend into a hardcore jazz-fusion space as well as post-rock territory in his guitar playing, will present groove-heavy tunes this time around. He is also likely to add a bunch of Hindustani classical influences into the mix, considering he has extensively studied the form under tabla artist and veteran Pandit Samir Chatterjee. He released his latest composition, ‘Pursuit’ last December, terming it “calculated chaos” in his notes. Expect experimental, free form jazz, atmospheric rock and meditative Indian classical music. While Naylor is a teacher at a music school in New York, his guitarist counterpart for the show, Vinay Kaushal, is also a music educator and alumnus of the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. … [Read more...] about Bengaluru gigs this weekend: Xander Naylor, Iseo and Dodosound and Seedhe Maut