The Sunday Round-Up on Soundcloud

Today’s roundup of tracks on Soundcloud is one part contemporary classical, one part experimental, and one part deep-house party.

We shall start with a new work by the Istanbul composer Mithatcan Öcal, the middle piece of a cycle he completed late last year, “Parachesis,” of which each portion was written for a single instrument. As the title itself suggests, all the pieces in this triadic work, in their different ways, explore what it may be possible musically to achieve with the various instruments through the compositional use of repetition, although decidedly not in the manner of minimal music, for, in his note to the piece, Öcal speaks of the second piece in his cycle as comprising something like a fugue. And so, bearing this remark in mind, to my ears it sounds as though what this piece gives one to hear, is a disconcerting description, in the most spatial sense of the term, of a few sectors of a city seemingly deserted, somewhat in the manner of a painting by Chirico, though bereft of even the shadows, which had afforded at least a bit of refuge.

The second piece in the “Parachesis” cycle is written for the piano, and in this recording it has been well played by Metin Ülkü.

The next of today’s tracks is a single from the upcoming album, Lanterns, by the New York composer, producer, and singer Son Lux, the moniker adopted by Ryan Lott; it is entitled “Easy” and as an experimental number, situated somewhere in an interzone between contemporary classical music, jazz, and hiphop, it flickers with eerie sounds. In fact, as the album is slated to be released late in the month, and in view of its title, while listening to this advance release one might well wonder how far this will be an LP keyed to the season – namely, music whose implicit setting is an urban Halloween.

A recording of “Easy” has also been made available on Youtube, and this I have added to the video playlist as well. Meanwhile, those who are entranced by this music (with at times voluptuous saxophone by Steven Temme and guitar by Rafiq Bhatia) and wish to purchase Lanterns, may do so via the website of the record label Joyful Noise.

Last of today’s tracks is a remix by the German DJ Marius Hörsturz of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” or indeed a thorough recreation of it as a deep-house tune. With his talented remixes, mixtapes, and podcasts, Hörsturz (the name is too good not to be an invention) is beginning to attract notice on the club circuit internationally, and he does not disappoint in this number. In his version the tempo is slower than the original’s and for her voice another has been substituted – or is it hers, but modified beyond recognition by some piece of computer artistry, such that when, towards the end, her own is introduced, she is actually singing both parts in what would in that case be a strange duet? It is hard to say with any certainty: but then, amidst the dance-floor tumult, at least for all those standing, or swaying and sweating, under his umbrella, the questions on people’s minds would pertain to other matters than this, wouldn’t they?