The Needle 034: #classical discoveries, "Freak Funktion" on #techno, mechanisms of world groove and more.

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For the week of January 24th, 2016

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The #classical channel isn’t always flooded with sounds, but when they do arrive, they don’t go unappreciated. Occasionally, most of us need a little #classical music to balance out the rest of the music that we consume and @sarita gave us something that may suit that need wonderfully. Turkish pianist and composer, Fazil Say, has been making music since 1984 and in 2009, he gave us a piece called “Oriental Night” performed by the Istanbul Symphony.

Fazil Say - Istanbul Symphony Op.28: VI.Oriental Night

Changing speeds quite a bit, it’s worth knowing that #techno may have gotten the most action last week. One of the latest tracks was brought to us by @cmyk and goes by the title “Freak Funktion”. It was released on the B-side of an EP called “Knob Exploitation” and fans warn that the sound is ‘so brutal it may break your neck’.  The man behind the music goes by Literon and gave us this track fresh of a 3 year hiatus. Feel for yourselves:

What else is going on?

 

Back on the #classical side of things, NPR put out a cool story last week about a young pianist from Afghanistan. What makes this special is that there were only around 30-35 pianos in all of Afghanistan at the time that Elham Fanoos (young pianist) was getting his start. To further complicate things, the Taliban had banned music all together and took action on that rule. In the end, music prevailed and Elham conveyed to us that whatever excuses we have for not making music, they may need reconsidering.


If you’re trying to take #classical to the next level, the folks at Open Culture have reconstructed the sound of Ancient Greek music and they claim to be 100% accurate.

Don’t sleep on…


UMOJA...a duo from Netherlands whose music has one common denominator: sunshine. If any non-natives have an understanding of world rhythms (specifically afro and latin), it would be these guys who produce, remake, and spin anything that falls in between those two musical geographies. Not to mention the ‘mechanisms of groove and contemporary electronic beats’ they bless the authentic root of any track they touch. This edit of Les Mangelepa’s gem “N’kimba” has been on repeat.
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