Stephen Whittington — Music for Airport Furniture
(Cold Blue CB0038, 2013, CD Single)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-10-26Consider the airport, the fact that it’s essentially a lonely place animated by your inward thoughts and seeming props called people who move around from gate to gate; you don’t know them, and they don’t know you, it’s just a motion picture of strangers moving about. The furniture is the only constant; the airport is a place of goodbyes and contemplation, where one is always leaving something behind, saying goodbye and pondering the unknown ahead. I will never forget sitting in Spokane airport on my way home from a business trip, accidentally learning that my plant was about to be closed and that I would be losing my employment shortly, buried in my thoughts and apprehensions. The furniture was there, listening to my mentations. And so it was and is, never a happy place, just a temporary zone filled with thoughts and emotions. Australian composer Stephen Whittington has captured this state of emotion and pensive reflection perfectly in this 23 minute piece played by the Zephyr Quartet (two violins, viola and cello), the title a nod to Erik Satie’s Furniture Music, a gentle piece of wandering musical thoughts and ruminations, and melodies that never seem to resolve. It could have been five or ten minutes long and captured the same emotional content, but it is what it is, a musical statement that conveys a single feeling, and does it very well.
Related artist(s): Stephen Whittington
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more