Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Mix of the day

FACT Mix 152, by Max Richter.

Max Richter has just produced an eight-hour piece of music entitled "Sleep", designed to be listened to, presumably osmotically, during that process (and a one-hour distillation of same for those of us who prefer to listen). Not satisfied with that, he has also, and apparently for the first time, tried his hand at putting together a mix. He is, as it turns out, a dab hand at that, too.

How is it possible to combine the likes of, on the one hand, Boards of Canada and Cat Power (themselves not necessarily comfortable bedfellows) with, on the other, Old Skool composers like Bach, Purcell and Byrd (that's William, not Donald) and youngsters such as Berio and Golijov, and end up with a seamless listen?

There's only one way to find out.