Modern Love (2 a.m.)


These two asleep . . . so indrawn and compact,
like lavish origami animals returned

to slips of paper once again; and then
the paper once again become a string

of pith, a secret that the plant hums to itself . . . .
- Albert Goldbarth , 27,000 Miles


Modern Love/Über die Wasserscheide

01. Kammerflimmer KollektiefÜber die Wasserscheide
Cicadidae (Temporary Residence, 2003)
02. Susumu YokotaGong Gong Gong
Laputa (Skintone, 2003)
03. LunasighThe Multicoloured Coral Formations Upon Her Skin
via download.com (Lunasigh, 2004)
04. Bill FriselSummer Song
In His Own Sweet Way: A Tribute to Dave Brubeck (Avant Japan, 2000)
05. Otomo YoshihideAnode 2
Anode (Tzadik, 2001)
06. The VerveA Man called Sun
Verve E.P. (Vernon Yard Records, 1992)
07. Explosions In The SkyDay Five
The Rescue (Temporary Resident Limited, 2005)
08. Ground ZeroNull & Void: Continued
Null & Void (Tzadik, 1995)
09. Sergei RachmaninovVocalise Op.34 No.14
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg – It Ain’t Necessarily So (1992)


Note: A simple list, MdM downtempo standard with experimentals. It’s actually a padding I made for another experimental list that quickly gotten out of control. It was supposed to be a small list but becomes full night list. At least this one is listenable. Tracks inside. MdM favorite: Kammerflimmer Kollektief, Susumu Yokota, and Explosions In The Sky. As well as well known experimentalists: Bill Frisel (jazz), Otomo Yoshihide (free jazz turn turntablist), Ground Zero (free jazz) and lastly Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. (She has one of the best violin bowing. Her vocalise interpretation is very haunting with long continuous phrases almost no breathing between stroke. It gives impression of long suspended melody, haunting.) Small tip: since I made this with a headphone, it has a lot of delicate texture. It might sound very boring on small speaker, try it on something more sensitive for full deep night ambient effect. k. enjoy.

image: Ali K.

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Category: Bedroom playlist, Experimental

3 Responses

  1. angeles says:

    Very nice list I like it very much, pretty interesting the continuous tunes no beginning no end of the themes

  2. squashed says:

    forget to add this.


    (Interview with groundzero/OTOMO YOSHIHIDE)

    PSF: When you started making music, you were doing tape collages. What led you to doing this?

    Most influence comes from French musique concrete, Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry. Also, there was some kind of rock stuff like Pink Floyd, always tape effects. Mostly contemporary composer’s tape work, also Japanese ’60′s music. I really loved music when I was a teenager but I had no idea about how to play any instruments. My father is an electric engineer. Naturally, I knew how to make an analog system from my father. My mother was a big fan of jazz and rock. So, between my mother and father…


    In the 1980s Frisell lived in New York City and was an active participant in the city’s thriving music scene. He forged an early partnership with John Zorn—including as a member of quick-change band Naked City—and performed or recorded with many others. He also became known for his work in Paul Motian’s group – originally a quintet, but which slimmed down to an unusual and influential bassless trio of just Motian, Frisell and Joe Lovano. In 1988 Frisell left New York City and moved to Seattle, Washington[2].

    blog. surprisingly she isn’t all that geeky on her blog.

    Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

The song makes its imprint
in the air, making itself felt,
a felt world. Here, there,
the stunned silence

of knowing I will not remember
what I heard;

futures that will never happen,
a fluidity we cannot achieve
except as a child
creating possibility.

This is the untranslatable song
hidden in the earth.

-Untranslatable Song [1]