Category: Contemporary

  • Jon Hopkins: Monsters theme

    Jon Hopkins: Monsters theme

    Monsters is a 2010 British independent science fiction film written and directed by Gareth Edwards with a wonderful soundtrack by Jon Hopkins. The film chronicles the journey of an American journalist and her fellow citizen from alien-infected and quarantined Mexico to the American border. Filmed…

  • Sam Jackson: The Gramophone

    Sam Jackson: The Gramophone

    Sam Jackson is a Dublin based pianist, but when I heard “The Gramophone” for the first time on the radio, I mistook it for what could have been a track from an early recording from the Esbjörn Svensson Trio. Sam Jackson’s music is of the same calibre.…

  • Gerry Diver: Music for Tape Loop

    Gerry Diver: Music for Tape Loop

    Multi-instrumentalist Gerry Diver based the Speech Project on several interviews of Irish musicians and singers such as Shane MacGowan, Christy Moore, Damian Dempsey, Martin Hayes and Danny Meehan. It also features archival recordings of Galway accordion player Joe Cooley. The various musical pitches of the musicians’…

  • John Cage: In a landscape

    John Cage: In a landscape

    Referring to classical Indian thought and influenced by Gita Sarabhai, the Indian musician he was tutoring in the mid-1940s, John Cage formulated the idea that the purpose of music was to “to sober and quiet the mind, thus rendering it susceptible to divine influences”. Written…

  • About Spellbinding Music

    About Spellbinding Music

    Why is it that a particular piece of music, a tune or a song will move us in such a way that it will stop us in our tracks, send shivers up our spine or give us goose bumps?  Spiritual or secular musical traditions such…