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GONZALES

Manifesto

GONZALES

Manifesto

A standout moment from one of the loveliest and simplest solo Piano albums...

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HAUSCHKA

Fernpunkt

HAUSCHKA

Fernpunkt

Beautifully sentimental prepared piano from Volker Bertelmann.

156

PAN AMERICAN

Het Volk

PAN AMERICAN

Het Volk

A submerged lullaby from Labradford's Mark Nelson..

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HAROLD BUDD + ERALDO BERNOCCHI

One

HAROLD BUDD + ERALDO BERNOCCHI

One

Now in his 70's, Budd is still one of the most compelling characters in music...

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Ólafur Arnalds

1440

Ólafur Arnalds

1440

Only 21 years old, but Iceland's Arnalds has already made quite an impression...

156

PIANO MAGIC

There´s No Need For Us To Be Alone (Future 3 Remix)

PIANO MAGIC

There´s No Need For Us To Be Alone (Future 3 Remix)

The piano only plays a small part - but the motif perfects this amazing track.

156

PETER BRODERICK

Diverge

PETER BRODERICK

Diverge

Another young'un with seemingly un-ending talent...

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PORN SWORD TOBACCO

Don't Quit Your Dayjob

PORN SWORD TOBACCO

Don't Quit Your Dayjob

Piano & Hum, recoded deep in the Swedish forests...

156

ERIK SATIE

Sylvie

ERIK SATIE

Sylvie

Timeless understated symphonic drama from the father of modern Piano composition

156

Loren Connors and David Grubbs

Blossom Time

Loren Connors and David Grubbs

Blossom Time

Stripped down Piano sketches from two experimental figureheads.

156

ALIAS

watching water

ALIAS

watching water

Clever and incredibly moving piano plunderphonics from Anticon's Alias.

156

JACASZEK

Martwa cisza

JACASZEK

Martwa cisza

Dense, almost harrowing textured layering from this reliably amazing label.

156

GOLDMUND

Door of our Home

GOLDMUND

Door of our Home

A Piano Solo masterclass from Keith Kenniff...

156

GAVIN BRYARS

My First Homage

GAVIN BRYARS

My First Homage

A 15 minute exposition from Gavin Bryars - truly incredible stuff.

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This time on 14tracks:

“14 tracks that make you wish you played the piano”

Welcome to another 14 track selection - and thanks for the overwhelming response to our launch last week. Please note that there are several selections up on the site - you can navigate these using the arrows on either side of the main window. We are also currently implementing a number of changes, fixes and improvements so keep your eyes peeled and keep those comments coming! And onto the lastest selection...... Piano music has gone in and out of fashion at the independent end of the spectrum more times than we'd care to count. The tidal wave of solo piano music that hit us as soon as Aphex Twin released his "Drukqs" album a few years back was at times a little hard to stomach, but also gave us some truly incredible music that's gone on to soundtrack many a late night and quiet gathering, as well as numerous adverts and films edited with a keen ear for exceptional new music. This selection collects some of those remarkable tracks, as well as standout material spanning classical music, hip hop and modern day experimentation - all revolving around the piano...

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On 01 Jul 16:38 david said:
http://myspace.com/dubwarnyc

“yes!”

great idea, great design, great experience all around, and the music on here is fantastic. thanks!

On 01 Jul 19:14 Olly said:
http://www.webooks.co.uk

“Another fine selection”

I like the whole idea of the 14 tracks - so much music to sift through and so little time...

On 01 Jul 19:57 ema said:

“seduced”

this newsletter seduced me totally..i bought 5 piano laden, exquisite tracks...x

On 01 Jul 20:04 andy said:

“lovely recommendations”

but why no discount price for buying all 14?

On 01 Jul 21:13 Mo Whiteman said:
http://www.berlinerposterverlag.com

“A newsletter I look forward to”

Very well done. With love and dedication. Keep it up.

On 01 Jul 21:15 garry said:

“boomkat big shovel”

you have to dig deep for the treasure.these selections are a massive shovel.

On 01 Jul 22:28 pelvey said:

“14 smackers”

so simple, a lovely thing to find in your mail box...
however i think the tracks need a bundle price like £6.99. upto now all i have done is listen.
at a better price i would just buy the lot.

On 02 Jul 00:12 Charlie said:

“Yum!”

But what's the thing about a discount? I don't remember ever seeing a discount for an iMix in iTunes (- but then who ever bought one of those hideous things?!) This is designed to either be bought at top dollar as a cool ready-made record, or to get us to follow the links and dig deeper and support artists and labels. If you just bought the 14 'as is' for £6.99, you'd probably just leave it at that and play your half price music all the while...

On 02 Jul 02:15 good shepherd said:

“Wind your neck in....”

Great selection (again) ....top tracks. I would get the discount on board for all 14 and watch your sales flock in. Keep hearding...

On 02 Jul 14:47 Gene Onegin said:

“Fantastic!!”

Love all of 'em! A music fan's dream.

On 02 Jul 20:26 Russ said:

“What I have been looking for”

I have just found this and am loving it. Having been a Boomkat customer for a while this is great, opens me up to new music and saves me hours I don't have looking for new music.
Keep those 14's coming through....

On 03 Jul 00:46 trompurple said:

“bleep”

The bleeps come way too often and are often louder and clearer than the tune. Really irritating. Interfere with the sample, put me of listening. As it used to be, every 30 seconds or so, regular and more subtle worked better for me.

On 03 Jul 10:31 Matt said:
http://14tracks.com

“Bleep bleep”

Yeah, there’s an issue with the bleeps at the moment that’s causing the timing to go out of whack. Once we sort it they’ll be heard every 30 seconds as they were. The volume’s slightly more tricky as what’s intrusive for one track can be inaudible for another, but we just have to find the sweet spot.

On 03 Jul 12:01 Joey Bananas said:
http://betting.betfair.com

“Top Idea”

Love the 14 tracks - just need an Ipod now and I'll get purchasing!

Shoulders with the others about the discount, I'd definitely be tempted to buy the lot for a tenner (or less).

One other thing, who is putting in the noises that tell you you're listening to a track? They're every five/ten seconds or so on my comp ... and it's quite annoying.

On 06 Jul 11:41 Absense said:
http://absensemusic.com

“Great Idea...”

First off great site and great music selection. The security beeps have to be there, they don't bother me too much.

One thing though, the design of the site has side scrolling! Nice looking site but side scrolling is a huge no no!

On 08 Jul 19:10 Eduardo said:

“FURTHER SELECTION”

Great idea, i love suggestions..
It would be nice if you (Boomkat...) made a selction of the best tracks(all styles) of the semester or the year.
And the best of the last years too..
Come on,,, classics aren't made to be hidden or lost..
Lets bring them to light!

On 08 Jul 19:35 Eduardo said:

“That why i'll Give some further Suggetions(check it out!)”

Richard Hawley : Last Orders
Richard Hawley: The Light at the end of the tunnel
Moondog: High on Rocky Ledge
Harold Budd:The flowered Room
Tom Middleton:Sea of Glass
The Year Of : alone
Future Sound of London: Go Tell it to the Trees Egghead
For Stars:In the End
Terence Blanchard:Playground
Richard Javerling : Ice Princess
M Ward:Chinese Translation
Blue States:Red and Shine
SCSI 9:Mini
Michael Gordon:Light is Calling
Tunng:It because weve got hair
Nouvelle Vague: Waves
Cosmo Vitelli:Perfect Lies

On 12 Jul 18:44 Briano said:

“cracking stuff”

Very well chosen songs, best mail I've opened in a while

On 17 Jul 19:34 Jeremy said:

“Good, but....”

Firstly I really enjoyed all of these songs. I already owned one or two of them, but all of the new ones are really beautiful songs, that I am glad to own. I also bought the Narcotic House collection, which I am listening to now.

However I agree with several other users that £13.86 for 14 tracks is a little on the expensive side. For this money I'd expect a full CD or even double CD with liner notes, photos and some kind of coherent narrative tying the tracks together. If I had paid say £6.99 then I would find the current form a lot more acceptable.

Finally the presentation of the mp3 could have been a bit better. There was no proper tracklisting. I think the very least that could have been done was to put them in some kind of a proper order.

On 16 Aug 17:32 cyprien rose said:
http://www.houz-motik.com

“in your next 14 about piano”

think about Yaron Herman !
great selection by he way
peace
c

On 17 Aug 22:27 Dirk Geurs said:

“NSI”

Another great piano recommendation would be "NSI. - NSI. plays non standards".

On 02 Sep 18:34 Eduardo C Santalena said:

“Suggestions better this way to visualise:”

"Richard Hawley - Last Orders"," Richard Hawley- The Light at the end of the tunnel ",Moondog- High on Rocky Ledge"," Harold Budd-The Room of Oracles"," Tom Middleton-Sea of Glass"," The Year Of - alone" ,"Future Sound of London- Go Tell it to the Trees Egghead" ,"For Stars-In the End", "Terence Blanchard-Playground"," Richard Javerling - Ice Princess"," M Ward-Chinese Translation"," Blue States-Red and Shine"," SCSI 9-Mini"," Michael Gordon-Light is Calling"," Tunng-It because weve got hair", "Nouvelle Vague- Waves"," Cosmo Vitelli-Perfect Lies ","Desmond & The Tutus-kiss on the cheek(King of Town Remix)","Noveller-entering"