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File Under?’s December 2012 Mix (streaming at our MixCloud site here).


File Under ? December 2012 Mix by Christian Carey on Mixcloud

Selections by some of our favorite artists and composers: a sampling of those who graced our listening in 2012 (live or or via recording) and filled the year with many adventurous, multifaceted delights. Stay tuned for more mixes in 2013.


Track list

1 – Kenji Bunch: “Porch Picking”

Alias Chamber Ensemble

Boiling Point: the Music of Kenji Bunch,

Delos CD


2 – John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes. Sonata VII

Vicky Chow, piano

Cage Unlocked, Avant Media (via BandCamp)


3 – Poul Ruders: Offred Suite I. My Story

Susanna Phillips, soprano;

Odense Symphony Orchestra, Scott Yoo, conductor



4 – Christian Carey: Gilgamesh Suite. I. Heroes’Journey

 Locrian Chamber Players

 Gilgamesh Suite EP, File Under Music (via BandCamp)


5 – George Crumb: The Ghosts of Alhambra IV. Paisaje

Crazy Jane (Patrick Mason, David Starobin, Daniel Druckman)



6 – Vivian Fung: excerpt from Violin Concerto

Kristin Lee, violin;

Metropolis Ensemble, Andrew Cyr, conductor


Naxos Canadian Classics CD 8.573009


7 – Ben Broening: Traces (i)

eighth blackbird



8 – Robert E. Thomas: “there dwells the child that was”

Robert E. Thomas, electronics



9 – Aaron Cassidy: “What then renders these forces visible is a strange smile”

Tristram Williams, trumpet

 Neos CD 11201


10 – Elliott Carter: Figment IV

Hsin-Yun Huang, viola



11 – Stefan Prins: Fremdkörper Pt. 1


Klangforum Wien and electronic

Sub Rosa SR 352 2xCD


12 – Judah Adashi: Songs of Kabir (2005) IV:

“O Friend! This Body is his Lyre”

Arc Duo

Azica CD 71275


13—Luigi Nono: excerpt from “La Lontanza” …

Miranda Cuckson, violin and voice; Christopher Burns, electronics

Urlicht Audiovisual


14 – Antoine Brumel: excerpt from Mass for the Dead


New York Polyphony



15 – Christopher Cerrone: How to Breathe Underwater

previously unreleased



16 – Bryan Jacobs: “Do You Need, Do To Me, 18 Me, 18 Mean”

live recording



Mix Curator – Christian Carey

Engineer – Robert E. Thomas

More information about Gilgamesh EP

Over at my BandCamp site, we’re offering “Gilgamesh EP,” which features Gilgamesh Suite for prepared piano and ensemble, for sale to benefit Locrian Chamber Players’s future activities. I’m doing this not to fund my own work, but as a thank you to the group for premiering the piece, and for their continued advocacy for a wide variety of contemporary composers. Locrian’s programming aesthetic is catholic, and the criterion crystal clear: pieces must be a decade or younger.

File Under ?’s Tumblr page has a stream of the first movement from the Suite.

Listen here.

Hurray for Haas

The scuttlebutt around Columbia University’s new senior composer hire seems to be true. As Alex Ross reported on The Rest is Noise yesterday, Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas will be joining Columbia’s faculty sometime during the 2012-’13 academic year, replacing Tristan Murail, One revels in the possibilities, not only for graduate students in composition, but for the rest of us too; we’ll likely get to hear some terrific programs during his time stateside!

The Wellesz Theatre is streaming Haas’s 2011 opera Bluthaus in its entirety via YouTube (embed below).

Our friend Thomas Bjørnseth has some terrific musical selections by Haas on his Atonality.Net website.

“How Does Kevin Costner Keep Getting Work?”

Out now via Hooker Vision (HT to Steve Smith for mentioning it), a new tape from Kevin Costner Suicide Pact. And yes, this is much better than the band’s name might suggest!

Dinosaur Jr.: “Pierce the Morning Rain” (Stream)

Yesterday, Spin premiered “Pierce the Morning Rain,” a track from the new Dinosaur Jr. album, I Bet on Sky. The LP is out today via Jagjaguwar and, as this lead off track demonstrates (embedded below), it is both shredding and catchy as all get out.

“Ballad of Big Nothing” alternate version (BandCamp)

Kill Rock Stars is offering several alternate takes of the late Elliott Smith’s songs via their BandCamp site. Below is an embedded stream of a more spacious and vocally distant rendition of “Ballad of Big Nothing.”