The Moon And The Melodies

Chiller Cabinet – Cocteau Twins

I can’t find any info on this mix from the time I made it. But here is some blurb about the brilliant album the show is wrapped around. From Last.fm:

“The Moon and the Melodies (1986) is the product of a one-off collaboration between the Scottish group Cocteau Twins and the American composer Harold Budd. The Cocteau Twins refused to sign the album with the band’s name and used their individual names instead.

“The album has the characteristic style — heavily-treated guitar sounds and strangely euphoric vocalising — that can be heard in the group’s other work from the same period, for example on the EP “Echoes in a Shallow Bay” or the album Victorialand. Harold Budd’s stylistic piano tonalities and phrasing on this project are echoed in his solo album, Lovely Thunder, from the same year.”

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Chiller Cabinet – Philip Glass

I stole this from Last.fm as I couldn’t find the original show info. It’s basically a selection of some fine Philip Glass moments.

Philip Glass music is frequently described as minimalist, though he prefers to describe himself as a composer of “music with repetitive structures”. He is considered to be one of the most influential composers of the 20th century, and is described by his biographer, Tim Page, as “the first composer to win a wide, multi-generational audience in the opera house, the concert hall, the dance world, in film and in popular music — simultaneously.”

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Chiller Cabinet – Moondog

Moondog was the nom de plume of Louis T. Hardin. He was a New York City street musician and former beat poet who was blinded as a young adult. From the late 1940s until 1974, he was a permanent fixture on 54th Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan. He was known not only for his music and poetry, but also for the distinctive Viking garb that he wore, including a horned helmet. In a search for new sounds, he also invented several musical instruments, such as the “Oo”, a small triangular shaped harp, and the “Trimba”, a triangular percussion instrument invented in the late 40s.

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Chiller Cabinet – Johann Johannsson

Jóhann Jóhannsson is an Iceland-born musician, composer and producer. Jóhann´s stately, slow-building and hauntingly melodic music, which frequently combines electronics with classical orchestrations, has been quietly bewitching listeners since he released his first solo record Englabörn in 2002 on the well respected British label Touch. The record was re-released in 2007 by 4AD, by which time its reputation had grown as an influential recording in the burgeoning field that has been variously called post-classsical or neo-classical.

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Chiller Cabinet – Chants, Hymns and Dances

The philosopher Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff developed his music originally to accompany the dances and movements that he taught to pupils. The sources for his melodies came from music heard in childhood or on his prodigious and now famous travels, documented in the book (www.gurdjieff.org) he wrote. A lot of explanation for something so beautifully simple, tonight we play tracks from the album Gurdjieff/Tsabropoulos “Chants, Hymns and Dances”, a beautiful album we love on the show.

The Moon And The Melodies

Chiller Cabinet – Cocteau Twins

I can’t find any info on this mix from the time I made it. But here is some blurb about the brilliant album the show is wrapped around. From Last.fm:

“The Moon and the Melodies (1986) is the product of a one-off collaboration between the Scottish group Cocteau Twins and the American composer Harold Budd. The Cocteau Twins refused to sign the album with the band’s name and used their individual names instead.

“The album has the characteristic style — heavily-treated guitar sounds and strangely euphoric vocalising — that can be heard in the group’s other work from the same period, for example on the EP “Echoes in a Shallow Bay” or the album Victorialand. Harold Budd’s stylistic piano tonalities and phrasing on this project are echoed in his solo album, Lovely Thunder, from the same year.”

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Chiller Cabinet – Iceland

Iceland has remained one of the world’s last larger islands uninhabited by humans until it was discovered and settled by Norse immigrants from Western Norway in the late 9th century. Hear music tonight from groups such as Mum, Slowblow, Bjork, Johann Joahnnsson, Sigur Ros, Aminna. We also have some artists from near-ish by Norway and some tracks which sound like they should have come from Iceland!

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Chiller Cabinet – Trunk Records

Trunk Records was founded by Jonny Trunk ten years ago and has made a name for itself releases of much sought-after material from scores for cult films such as Deep Throat, Kes, The Wicker Man and George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. Other releases include soundtracks for cult UK Television series such as The Tomorrow People, UFO, Bod and Vernon Elliot’s much-loved score for The Clangers. So with this decade anniversary comes a 23 track best of CD (all for a fiver) and there are even some unreleased gems to discover. The Chiller Cabinet raises a glass and sings ‘for he’s a jolly good fellow’ to Jonny and all at Trunk Records, nostalgia, cult tv, and library music doesn’t get much better than this….