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Pharoah Sanders - Greeting To Saud
Geoffrey Chandler - Celestial Divine
Seesaw - Flap
Alice Damon - Waterfall Winds
Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid - Left Handed, Left Minded
Aphex Twin - Ptolemy
Karen Gwyer - Waukon
Robert Turman - Flux 1
The Boy Lucas - On A Day When I Wake Up
Constance Demby - Om Mani Padme Hum
Philip Glass - Closing
Karl Schaffner - Pacific Moonrise
Lukid - Park It Low
Koreless - Nosun
RA.427 Luke Abbott
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4 Aug 2014
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Luke Abbott likes mistakes. They give his music the additional depth of
a human touch. He's the type of artist who allows his drums to drift out of time
. His notes are sometimes off, and you can often hear the hiss of tape noise in
his tracks. Abbott once found the MIDI controllers he was using unsatisfactory,
so he built his own. (He's also fond of assembling synthesizers.) At the heart o
f his music is a modular systemAbbott values its versatility and unpredictability
. On two albums and a handful of EPs, Abbott has brought all of this to bear, cr
eating a catalogue of rich and unconventionally pretty music that's best describ
ed as modern kosmische. It's a sound him and James Holden, whose Border Communit
y label has released both of Abbott's albums, specialise in. Abbott's latest alb
um, Wysing Forest, which was released in June, was written during a musician-in-
residence programme he completed at the Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridgeshire. Th
e record is mostly based on live recordings and improvisation, an approach that
yielded nine deliciously freeform tracks that rank among his most unique and per
sonal work.
Abbott has never been a DJ, but that hasn't stopped him creating a strik
ingly beautiful podcast for us, blending his influences with some of his like-mi
nded contemporaries.
What have you been up to recently?
Since my new album came out I've been doing a few gigs, a couple of remi
xes, working on some new stuff and tidying up my studio. I just got back from Ho
wlin' Fling festival on the isle of Eigg in Scotland, which was totally magical,
we even saw dolphins.
How and where was the mix recorded?
I recorded the mix at home in my living room over a couple of afternoons
, drinking tea and drifting off listening to records.
Can you tell us about the idea behind the mix?
It's my version of a meditation tape or some kind of spiritual healing m
usic. A peaceful summertime afternoon at home, where time moves more slowly. It'
s also just music I like listening to.
You've said before that your live shows are always in a state of flux. H
ow have the most recent gigs worked out?
I did a small tour in the UK the week that my album came out, which was
a lot of fun. I took a bunch of equipment with me mostly to experiment with, but
since that I've been refining things a bit. Right now I've got a neat little mo
dular case + laptop set up that is a lot of fun to play with. I saw Charles Cohe
n at Cafe OTO earlier this year and it was really inspiring. Since then I've bee
n chaining my setup a lot, trying to find the sort of magic he has.
What are you up to next?
I'm about to leave for a couple of gigs and a collaborative project I'm
doing with Jack Wylie in France . Then in a few weeks I'm playing at Green Man F
estival, which I'm really excited about!
Photo credit: Kmeron