Music

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Exploring Levels of Musical Complexity

In this video, starting with a simple melody, Happy Birthday, Nahre Sol leads the viewer through 16 techniques to create increasingly complex variations on a theme.

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The Best Albums of 2018

A disappointing year as far as I'm concerned, but the three albums that I do like are outstanding.

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Gyorgy Ligety: Mysteries of the Macabre

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Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise

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The Best Albums of 2017

Some of my favourite albums of the year and the ones that I expect to listen to for some time to come were classical recordings.

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Kein Licht

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The Best Albums of 2016

My favourite albums of the year.

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The Best Albums of 2015

An excellent year with many albums that I expect to play for some time to come.

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The Best Albums of 2014

A short list this year, but Aeriality by Anna Sigríður Þorvaldsdóttir is one of the best contemporary classical albums I've heard in a long while.

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The Best Albums of 2013

A solid year with good albums by Nick Cave and Arcade Fire and a return to form for the Arctic Monkeys and Daft Punk.

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The Best Albums of 2012

The Kindred EP by Burial is probably the album that I played most often this year. The Japanese CD also contains the Street Halo EP. Fin by John Talabot is another album that I listened to a lot.

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Jonathan Harvey 1939-2012

I only discovered his work some two years ago but Jonathan Harvey has since become one of my favourite composers.