Hear Laurel Halo's mix for WQXR featuring Robert Ashley, field recordings and early electronic instruments

The Hyperdub artistt explores space, pause and the dynamics of recording.

Laurel Halo popped up on WQXR, New York’s classical music radio station, earlier this month with a fascinating mixtape showcasing her affection for avant-garde music of all stripes.

The spooky and unsettling mix features compositions that incorporate field recordings, radio broadcasts, early electronic instruments, creepy spoken word sections and other unexpected sounds from various musical traditions, including music by early electronic music composer Vladimir Ussachevsky, Japanese composer and theorist Toru Takemitsu and audio synthesis pioneer Robert Ashley, who died last week.

“Robert Ashley’s passing is very sad news,” Halo told the station. “His music changed the way I think about space and pause in composition and the dynamics of recording.

“I made this mix a few weeks prior to its broadcast on Q2 Music and it is fitting that ‘Purposeful Lady Slow Afternoon’ sets it off. I look forward to continued inspiration from his work.”

Halo’s remarkable Chance Of Rain LP was one of our favourites of last year. More recently she submitted an techno remix of Factory Floor’s ‘Turn It Up’. [via Self-Titled]

Hear the mix:


Robert Ashley – Purposeful Lady Slow Afternoon
Herbert Eimert – Klangstudie 2
Vivenza – Servomecanisme
Rashad Becker – Chants & Dances 3
Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan – Orbit Aurora
Vladimir Ussachevsky – Wireless Fantasy
Annea Lockwood – Vibrating Pane
Toru Takemitsu – Seasons
Jan Bark – Ach Chamberlin
Kuniharu Akiyama – Arcana 19 (Part 3)
Toshi Ichiyanagi – Music For Living Space
Poetics – Mr. Orgatron
Dada – Tuuen Inraaku Gaki
Laurel Halo – Melt
Tod Dockstader – Water Music Pt. 4
Paul Boisselet – Symphonie Jaune



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