Last month, the music series Music We’d Like to Hear was due to hold a concert in celebration of two other great institutions of the UK experimental music scene: the ensemble Apartment House, celebrating its 25th anniversary, and record label Another Timbre, celebrating its 150th release.
Of course, that concert couldn’t take place. But in its stead, the curators at Music We’d Like to Hear have produced a two-and-a-half-hour podcast, offered for sale through Bandcamp, to raise funds for the musicians affected. The podcast is available for download by voluntary donation, and all proceeds will go directly to the musicians who were supposed to have played at the April concert.
Presented by Mira Benjamin, violinist with Apartment House, and Tim Parkinson, co-curator of Music We’d Like to Hear, the podcast features a playlist of works curated by Apartment House’s founder Anton Lukoszevieze and Another Timbre’s Simon Reynell. Included are alternate takes of pieces from Another Timbre’s catalogue and rarities from Apartment House’s recorded archive by Morton Feldman, Ryoko Akama, Christopher Fox, Luiz Henrique Yudo, Louise Bourgeois, and more. There are also interviews with Lukoszevieze and Reynell: both men are some of the most thoughtful and committed actors in British new music, and their thoughts on sound, performance, recording and music are well worth hearing. Purchase the whole collection through Bandcamp here.
In addition to this, Another Timbre has produced a pair of playlists – again downloadable through Bandcamp – compiled to raise funds for musicians affected by the Covid-19 crisis. The first is a five-hour compilation of tracks from Another Timbre’s back catalogue, compiled to raise fund for musicians who have played for the label; the second is a one-hour mixtape, produced to raise funds for London’s leading experimental music venue, Café Oto.