Playlist (overbooked in Ojai).

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A weekly tally of memorable things National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears, including recordings featuring Noah Creshevsky, Robert Rich, AMM, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and Steve Roach.

Hildegard Profile: X. Lee

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Composer X. Lee, one of three winners of National Sawdust's inaugural Hildegard Competition, discusses their work with the groundbreaking German electronic musician Alva Noto.

Hildegard Profile: Emma O'Halloran

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Composer Emma O'Halloran, one of three winners of National Sawdust's inaugural Hildegard Competition, discusses her work with composer and performer Angélica Negrón.

Hildegard Profile: Kayla Cashetta

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Composer Kayla Cashetta, one of three winners of National Sawdust's inaugural Hildegard Competition, discusses her work with composer, performer, and media artist Pamela Z.

Charlie Looker: Complex Ideas and Simple Answers

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On his orchestral-metal debut solo LP, Simple Answers, Charlie Looker contemplates difficult philosophical issues with some of his most intricate and complex writing to date.

Playlist (D'un soir triste).

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A weekly tally of memorable things National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears, including recordings featuring Lili Boulanger, Vanessa Rossetto, Cecil Taylor, and James Ilgenfritz.