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Words just cannot express how amazing this guy is
He's dire. So boring, monotonous and cliched. There's far, far better people who write pretty piano music out there who are worthy of your time.
He makes some of the most amazing simple Piano music I'v ever heard
Saw him at Cargo as part of Stag & Dagger couple years back was great.
Probably if you are an efficianado he's not very cool to like I guess.
A lot of the piano music I like is definitely as uncool to serious piano music fans. And sometimes even just as simple as Einaudi, if not more so.
It's more the fact he makes music that is so clinical and boring. He's basically what Classic FM is to most classical music listeners - a weak, watered down, inadequate alternative, made to appeal to the masses. He's promoted as being some kind of minimalist genius despite being ridiculously average.
Fair enough if he's your kind of thing. But if it's the 'most amazing simple piano music' you've heard you definitely need to broaden your horizons a lot and listen to some different stuff...
I'll list artists and the albums worth checking out:
Peter Broderick - Docile, Float, Glimmer - all great albums and very piano based, very simple, extremely well executed.
Nils Frahm - The Bells, Wintermusik - both sublime. He is the king of this sort of thing. Check out this live video here too, magical stuff: http://victoryrosemusic.blogspot.com/2011/02/nils-frahm-la-route-dy-rock-22022011.html
Olafur Arnalds - Found Songs, Euology for Evolution, Variations of Static - all three are great and largely accessible. EoE is my favourite of the three and more piano based.
Dustin O'Halloran - Piano Series Vols 1 & 2 are both worth a listen, as is his live album Vorleben which can be streamed here: http://soundcloud.com/sonic-pieces/sets/dustin-ohalloran-vorleben/
Goldmund - The Malady Of Elegance - A really beautiful album, very understated and minimalist, bit quirky in places and also a little more tonally interesting in places.
Library Tapes - Entire back catalogue! - All of this is incredibly short, simple and sweet. He uses a lot of interesting found sounds and stuff to flesh out the piano melodies. Fragments is possibly my favourite album.
Eluvium - An Accidental Memory in the Case of Death - a really good collection of improvisations, you can feel the passion burning beneath his fingers.
For Erased Tapes there!
But people like Nils Frahm and Peter Broderick I knew about before they signed to ET in fact - Wintermusik was originally released by Sonic Pieces, and Docile by Kning Disk.
fan of Johann Johannson and Motoro Faam? i think you might be.
Finlandia especially is an awesome album. My Dad even had the pleasure of working with him on a film score he did last year which is being released this month - The Miners' Hymn, well worth checking out.
Motoro Faam are cool, as is Ryuichi Sakamoto in fact. Forgot about them!
got a copy through from fat-cat. good stuff.
what does your dad do? sounds interesting.
there's a new motoro faam track coming out soon. i'm immensely excited.
Interesting film too, mainly footage of the mining industry near Durham though so perhaps I only enjoyed it as it's where I grew up.
He's the sub-organist at Durham Cathedral, where the premiere of the film was and the CD was recorded. Johann recorded him playing chord clusters on the organ and manipulated them to include in the score - they were turned into the low, rumbling, electronic bass sounds as far as I remember!
I'll look out for that new song too.
great stuff :)