On the Record rounds up details about new and pending recordings of interest to the new-music community: contemporary classical music and jazz, electronic and electroacoustic music, and idioms for which no clever genre name has been coined, on CD, vinyl LP, cassette, digital-only formats… you name it.
This list of upcoming release dates is culled from press releases, Amazon and other online record stores, social-media posts, and similar resources. Dates cited correspond to U.S. release of physical recordings where applicable, and are subject to change. (Links to Amazon, where used, do not imply endorsement.)
These listings are not comprehensive—nor could they be! To submit a forthcoming recording for consideration, email information to email@example.com.
New This Week
Eluvium – Virga 1 (Temporary Residence) Terry Fox – Linkage (Superior Viaduct; reissue of 1982 Kunstmuseum Luzern release) Catherine Lamb/Erika Bell – Pulse/Shade / 1- (Steady Hand) 9 Horses – Blood from a Stone (Sunnyside) Wendy Richman – vox/viola – compositions by Christian Carey, Stephen Gorbos, Lou Bunk, David Smooke, Arlene Sierra, José-Luis Hurtado, Jason Eckardt, Everette Minchew, and Ken Ueno (New Focus) Erin Rogers – Dawntreader (Relative Pitch) Shasta Cults – Shasta Cults (Important) Speaker Music – of desire, longing (Planet Mu)
(☆ – newly listed this week)
a.pe.ri.od.ic – for a.pe.ri.od.ic – compositions by Billie Howard, Kenn Kumpf, Nomi Epstein, and Michael Pisaro (New Focus) James Ilgenfritz – You Scream a Rapid Language (Infrequent Seams)
Various artists – Modulation Necklace: New Music from Armenia – compositions by Artur Avanesov, Ashot Zohrabyan, Michel Petrossian, and Artashes Kartalyan (New Focus)
David Cieri – La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc (original film score) (Ropeadope)
Charles Curtis – Performances & Recordings 1998-2018 – compositions by Charles Curtis, Éliane Radigue, Terry Jennings, Morton Feldman, Anton Webern, Olivier Messiaen, Alison Knowles, Richard Maxfield, and others (Saltern) Robert Haigh – Black Sarabande (Unseen Worlds)
Ross Goldstein – Timoka (self-released) ☆ Alex Hills – OutsideIn – performances by Aisha Orazbayeva, 12 Ensemble/James Weeks, EXAUDI/James Weeks, Jacob Brown, and 4|12 Collective/Adam Hickox (Carrier) ☆ Pauline Oliveros/Stuart Dempster/Panaiotis – Deep Listening (Important; vinyl reissue of 1989 New Albion release, with bonus material) Dan Rosenboom – Absurd in the Anthropocene (Gearbox/Orenda)
Exclusively on National Sawdust Log, watch a gorgeous animated-collage video for "My Magic Dreams Have Lost Their Spell," the title track from a forthcoming LP by composer and cellist Nick Storring.
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This week's tally of memorable things National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears includes selections featuring Carla Bley, Dave Douglas, Riot Ensemble, and Ludvig Forssell.
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This week in On the Record, the ingenious composer and vocalist Jennifer Walshe evokes the early history of Western music, aided by artificial intelligence. Plus dozens of listings for forthcoming releases.
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This week's tally of memorable things National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears includes selections featuring Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays, Jasmine Guffond, Vanessa Rossetto, and Reinbert de Leeuw.
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