A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears.

Spotify jukebox does not correspond precisely with the selections listed, but maintains the playlist’s continuity and personality.

KitaroSacred Journey of Ku​-​Kai, Vol. 3 (Domo Music Group; 2007)

Dennis González & Derek RogersCathedral: Ambient Sound Structure for Museum Courtyard (self-released; 2017)

Andrew SmileyDispersal (Astral Spirits; 2017)

Kevin DrummLive Last Week (self-released; 2017)

Bootsy CollinsBootsy? Player of the Year (Warner Bros., 1978)

La TèneVouerca/Fahy (three:four; 2017)

The Residents80 Aching Orphans (Cherry Red; 2017)

Robert AshleyTap Dancing in the Sand – Ensemble MAE (Unsounds; 2008)
> Tap Dancing in the Sand; Outcome Inevitable; Hidden Similarities; In Memoriam Esteban Gomez; She Was a Visitor

Bruno Duplant & Pedro ChambelAll we have learned and then forgotten (ÉTER; 2017)

The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Apple; 1967/2017)

King CrimsonLive in Chicago (DGM; 2017)

Annea LockwoodA Sound Map of the Danube (Lovely Music; 2008)

Valentin Silvestrov – Symphony No. 5; Postludium – Alexei Lubimov, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/David Robertson (Sony Classical; 1996)

Valentin Silvestrov – Symphony No. 6 – SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra/Andrey Boreyko (ECM New Series; 2007)

EnslavedE (Nuclear Blast; 2017)

Insub Meta OrchestraArchive #1 (insub; 2012)

Joda Clément & Mathieu RuhlmannKindred (Marginal Frequency; 2017)

Johann Sebastian BachSuites for Solo Cello – Thomas Demenga (ECM New Series; 2017)

fraufrauleinheavy objects (Marginal Frequency; 2017)

Èliane RadigueOccam Ocean 1 – Rhodri Davies, Julia Eckhardt, Carol Robinson (Shiiin; 2017)
> Occam River I; Occam I; Occam III; Occam IV; Occam Delta II

Valentin Silvestrov – Symphony No. 3 (“Eschatophony”) – Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music/Bruno Maderna (YouTube)

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