“Instrumental” (Used 328 times)
bronwynbishop on 07/12/2013 at 08:30PM
Monk Turner is a Los Angeles-based composer and musician best known for the concept albums he’s been putting out for over ten years. These include Kaleidoscope (2012), an album about color that Monk produced in collaboration with over 40 artists from all over the world, and Calendar (2007), which features a song for every month of the year. He also won a little contest we held trying to overtrow the most popular song in the world.
For his latest release, Instrumental Friends Part 3 (2013), Monk wrote and performed twelve instrumental pieces about twelve of his friends. We caught up with Monk to chat about the album and his inspiration for the project.
Fill in the blank: ____ Monk
Are the people in the track titles (eg. Demented Dustin and Kind Katie) inspired by real friends of yours?
They are friends of mine who took the time to fill out a questionnaire about themselves. They were asked to choose their adjective and musical selections. Other information biographical obtained from the questionnaires has been listed on my blog. On every post is a YouTube playlist for each Instrumental Friend that includes the tunes that their song is based on.
How does being a musician affect the friends and relationships in your life?
I have a joke amongst my friends that if you know me long enough, you’ll end up on a concept album. Many of those close to me have ended up on my albums including my parents! Also, many of my friends are gifted musicians and I see this as a fun way to showcase their talents.
ange on 12/29/2012 at 10:00AM
For our latest Music for Video selection, we offer a wintery mix of instrumental tracks perfect for your projects. The first half features a light dusting of gentle piano sounds full of nostalgia As the mix grows into a full on blizzard, the tracks turn more dissonent and stressful, like a tree heavy with ice leaning over your roof. We hope this free mix helps kick off an exciting new year of projects.
1. Plurabelle (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - Synth music for watching the snow fall. Plurabelle is a Bucharest musician who finds inspiration in books, and his latest album is inspired by the Tom McCarthy novel Remainder.
2. Dexter Britain (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - A song so epic and full of feelings that it elevates the emotional significance of any footage or dialoge you place alongside it. This track is a producers 6-minute long fantasy, and the tour de force of a true soundtrack master. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available on Britain's website.
3. Aestrid Byrne (website, CC BY-SA) - An elegant and thoughtful song written and performed on toy piano from Byrne's room in a Santiago clinic. Because her room could not accommodate a baby grand or upright piano, the toy piano was a tool-of-circumstance. She died in 1998, one month after making her album Laterna.
NeoBrazilians on 11/20/2012 at 03:45PM
"Quincas" is part of the soundtrack of Brazilian film Quincas Berro Dágua, based on a novel from Brazilian author Jorge Amado, originally named "A Morte e a Morte de Quincas Berro d'Água." I've never seen the film, but the book... actually, the author, is one of my favorites.
The story happens in the Northeastern state of Bahia - from where the writer is from; a place full of beaches and known for a society of very calm and easy-going people. Quincas, the main character, lives a low-profile life until one day, fed up of his own style, decides to let loose and enjoy life. He dies twice, and that's basically all I can say without spoiling it.
I came across this soundtrack from well known Brazilian composer and producer Beto Villares and thought this song was beautiful. Very representative for those who know the character. Very easy to listen to if you're just browsing around, searching for some new music.
NeoBrazilians on 11/15/2012 at 01:41PM
The key for listening to this November Compilation of Brazilian songs is to... wait for the unexpected.
Even though there are a lot of different styles in this group of tracks (rock, trip-hop, electronic, hip-hop, cumbia, carimbó, experimental, instrumental), we can say that almost all of them do a great job of playing around with the rhythm and order of things. If the first 20 seconds of the track are not exactly your style, wait for the next 20 seconds, and it will probably change drastically.
La_bl_netlabel on 09/08/2012 at 02:35AM
Here is the Return of Adam Radmall (aka PlusPlus), Plantman’s guitarist
(WHO HAVE A NEW ALBUM COMING OUT ON ARLEN RECORD IN EARLY 2013).
After the extraordinary album “Evils” released in March 2011,
here is eight new electro-acoustic tracks with a subtle melancholy that characterizes the PlusPlus’s compositions.
Also available in limited CD edition with four extra bonus tracks.