December 6, 2016

[Mix for NTS Radio] Getting Warmer Episode 7: Voices Special

I made a two hour mix for NTS Radio of songs with vocals that are significant to me. I had originally set out to focus on experimental vocals, but I realized that so much of what might sound experimental to western ears—Tibetan chant, Inuit throat singing, Chinese folk—is deeply traditional, not experimental at all. Instead, I approached this as two hours of vocal milestones, be they from technical, stylistic, or emotive standpoints. It’s not possible to make a two hour comprehensive survey of strong vocal traditions, nor of the most important singers, though there are quite a few of both categories in here. Putting this together was hard, and while I could easily have spent years digging and rethinking, I set a month time limit to ensure that I would finish it at all.

As I was making this I also thought a lot about how Björk framed her almost entirely vocal record Medúlla as a response to September 11th--both the event itself and the subsequent wave of patriotism and xenophobia that she experienced as a foreigner living in New York. Making an all-vocal album was, for her, a coping mechanism and a means of trying to reconnect with what it means to be a human.

Lastly, a note that this isn’t as listenable or poppy as the mixes that I typically make, though I did try to arc it in a way that feels good. I’m not really sure what its ideal listening environment is--it probably involves headphones--so I hope that you enjoy it all the same! If you'd like an mp3 version you can download it here. Thank you for listening 💜

1. The Impressions - For Your Precious Love
2. Meredith Monk - Strand (Gathering)
3. Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Genesis (abridged)
4. Bessie Griffin & The Gospel Pearls - Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
5. Philippine Madrigal Singers - Pamugun (comp. Francisco Feliciano)
6. Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes - Jusqu'à Ce Que La Force De T'aimer Me Manque (excerpt)
7. Emma Kirkby & Gothic Voices - O Euchari (comp. Hildegard von Bingen)
8. Björk - Pleasure Is All Mine
9. The Ronettes - Baby I Love You (Isolated Vocals) (excerpt)
10. David Hykes & The Harmonic Choir - Arc Descents
11. Unknown Artists - Sumi Yeinyo (Hani Crying Song) (Southern China)
12. The Beach Boys - Surfer Girl (Alternate Version)
13. John Jacob Niles - Go ‘Way From My Window
14. The Tallis Scholars - Spem In Alium, Motet for 40 Voices (comp. Thomas Tallis)
15. Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Doll’s Polyphony
16. Young Thug - All Over
17. Ghédalia Tazartès - Une Voix S’en Va
18. Yma Sumac - Taita Inty (Virgin Of The Sun God)
19. Arthur Miles - Lonely Cowboy, Pt. 2
20. Angkanang Kunchai With Ubon-Pattana Band - Isan Lam Plearn (excerpt)
21. The Hilliard Ensemble - Viderunt Omnes (comp. Pérotin)
22. Ustad Ghulam Ali & Asha Bhosle - Salona Sa Sajan Hai Aur Main Hoon
23. Patti Page - Confess (excerpt)
24. Monks of Gyütö Tantric College - Sangwa Düpa (excerpt)
25. Amália Rodrigues - Gaivota (excerpt)
26. Unknown Artist - Akazehe Par Une Jeune Fille (Burundi)
27. Anna Homler & Steve Moshier - Sirens (excerpt)
28. Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir - Stani Mi, Maytcho (Get Up, My Daughter)
29. David Hykes & The Harmonic Choir - Rainbow Voice
30. Lucy Amarualik & Mary Sivuarapik - Song Of A Cooking Seal Flipper
31. Dr. Octagon - Halfsharkalligatorhalfman
32. Judy Henske & Jerry Yester - Rapture (excerpt)
33. The Hilliard Ensemble - Sabbato Sancto - Responsorium 5 (comp. Carlo Gesualdo)
34. Linda Jones - Your Precious Love (excerpt)

1 comment:

  1. A glorious mix. Pure bliss. A great curator you are, you sorceress you!