Throwing Snow Makes Us a Mix of ‘Long and Challenging Music’

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I’ve been wanting to include some of these tracks in a mix for quite sometime. It’s a collection of music that really moves me. Long music means that themes and ideas have time to morph and evolve, or change very little, which gives your mind time to impose its own patterns. I could have included so many pieces in this mix, but decided to base it around the works of Giacinto Scelsi and James Tenney….

Chewy Benson – The Existential C-Hip S-Hop
This was released on my label A Future Without. Chewy’s spoken word about a mundane but profound event is a fitting opening to an hour of weird soundscapes.

Everything Falls Apart – SOMN#6
This is an improvised piece by Otto Lindholm and myself. It’s an experiment in how double bass and FX can create a conversation between two musicians.

Giacinto Scelsi – Anâgâmin (For 11 Strings)
Scelsi is my favourite composer. I’m not an overtly emotional person, but this track actually makes me well up nearly every time I hear it. It’s beauty comes from the moments of pure light surrounded by darkness.

James Tenney – Glissade for Viola, Cello and Tape Delay System
Challenging, yes, but this piece never gets boring. It’s an experiment in Shepard Tones.

Will Plowman – Mulavegur (Extract)
Will is an amazing composer and musician that deserves more recognition (but I am biased, as I run a record label with him). This is an extract from a piece he wrote while on a creative residency in Ólafsfjörður, Iceland. In the winter the sun never rises above the surrounding hills; this piece captures the feeling perfectly.

Giacinto Scelsi – Pranam 1
This was my gateway into Scelsi. It’s so haunting and visceral.

James Tenney – Beast
A study on how one note can be complex and interesting. I found this composition by researching the topic of microtonal one-note music, an obsession Tenney shared with Scelsi.

Emptyset – Skin 1
Emptyset’s work really intrigues me. The track comes from the processing a rhythmic bass pattern, and it’s heavy as hell.

Mai Mai Mai – Nel Sud A2
I met Toni when we shared a stage at Kode_1 in Italy. Forty-five minutes of noise felt like 5; I just closed my eyes and lost myself. His music is undoubtedly terrifying, but also has a harsh beauty.

P.S. Congratulations if you survived that!

Throwing Snow wrapped his series of ‘Loma’ singles last week. Stream ’em all below, and check out a breakdown of his last proper LP here.