What are you listening to?

Joe Pemberton's picture

If you like the Strokes, you'll like The White Stripes even more. Happy and delicious.

Jennifer E. Dahl's picture

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Arno Enslin's picture

There’s nothing quite like the sound of myriad acres of quiet.

I never was in the painted desert, but real silence is indeed something, that most citizens don’t know. Probably the painted desert is not totally silent, but quiet enough, only filled by noises, that point out the silence.

There are these mind-blowing salt water tanks. I have read the first time about them in a book by Stanisław Lem. The name of the story is the conditional reflex, as far as I remember. In the absence of stimuli you seem to loose orientation and your mind is filling the space, that normally is filled by the environment.

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Just now I am hearing Kaly. The name of the album is Electric Kool Aid.

nina's picture

"There are these mind-blowing salt water tanks"

Yes, floatation is quite amazing. Sensory deprivation. Done it quite a few times.
I've personally never heard nothing in the tank's total silence though. The nothingness can open doors. Some people fall asleep almost instantly, and very deeply, when deprived of sensory input; for many others, the mind (this beautiful thing) does fill the void, in different ways.

hrant's picture

Also, non-audible (and non-visible) frequencies can affect us significantly.

hhp

Arno Enslin's picture

@ nina

Lol, that does not look like the tank, in which Pirx was lying for so many hours (in my imagination – the story is absolute great as so many stories of Lem, although Lem has made a big logical mistake there). But thanks for the link!

nina's picture

Arno, I gave that link for background info about the principle of the isolation (or sensory deprivation) tank, which it sounds like Lem must have been talking about. The tanks come in different shapes and sizes; the ones I've used weren't shaped quite like the one in that image either, and yes they're certainly long enough to comfortably lie in them.

Arno Enslin's picture

@ hrant

I totally agree with you. Have you ever tried gamma radiation? It’s cool. It is so mind-blowing, that you really get an impression, how precious life is. And you never will do anything after that experience, that hurts yourself or anybody else. You leave the radiation tank as a better human.

@ nina

Floating costs round about 77 Cent per minute in Cologne. How long does one have to float for blowing up his mind? I am not sure, if sixty minutes are enough.

It would be nice to have such a tank at home. But I just see, that a tank costs 15000 Euro at least.

John Hudson's picture

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qyg0Ttx16uk

This is, of course, a piece of music all about our relationship to nature (and the staging takes this relationship into even more complex layers of meaning, interpretation and feeling).

I don't think one needs to consider this or any other music ‘idiotic’ in order to fully express the wonder of the soundscape of the natural world.

hrant's picture

Arno, actually I get blasted with gamma every day.
Just in very small amounts. :-)

hhp

nina's picture

Arno, yes it's not cheap; and it's also not guaranteed to «blow your mind», much less up. It takes time to get into. For a first-timer 60 minutes are plenty. You'd probably just fall asleep; not however if you keep worrying about your 77 cents per minute, which would presumably make the overall experience less enjoyable :-).
The tank is not a wonder drug of sorts; it's about relinquishing [conscious] control. That's what I mainly use it for; and deep relaxation.

BTW, some people listen to music in there, but in my view that's just diluting the experience.

Arno Enslin's picture

There are two soundtracks, that I really love: Dead Man by Neil Young and Stalker by Edward Artemiev.

From a certain point of view Stalker is also a movie about silence. It is such a great masterpiece. The partly synthesizered sound of the draisine, when it is rolling over the tracks, in the first quarter. Tarkowski was such an ingenious man, really, that are the people, which let me think: Yes, the human species is worth to survive. Some of you, Mario Feliciano for example, let me think this, too.

not however if you keep worrying about your 77 cents per minute, which would presumably make the overall experience less enjoyable :-).

I think I wouldn’t. And I doubt I would fall into sleep. Probably I would try to imagine a thought as a material thing or I would try to hear the music stored in my head. Something like that. I assume I would directly start with 90 minutes. The next floating station is not far away from here.

BTW, some people listen to music in there, but in my view that's just diluting the experience.

Yes. When I had edited my post, I had clarified, that I don’t plan to hear music stored in a MP3-player. A few times in my life, I have dreamed music in half-sleep-phases, which was very impressive, because I could not remember, that it was music, which I ever had heard before. And it was very real. I am fascinated by the power of the brain, when the consciousness is partly turned off. I mean the condition, in which your brain does not waste resources for existential things of everyday life. And I never was endeavored to extend my mind with the help of drugs. Well, I have tried hash, but I don’t like it to give myself into the hands of those substances. And somehow the effect of this soft drug was already too extreme. I never would try LSD or Psilocybin.

John Hudson's picture

Nina: …some people listen to music in there, but in my view that's just diluting the experience.

I'm sure you're right in terms of the full experience of sensory deprivation, but there are some pieces of music I would really like to listen to while all my other senses were minimally stimulated. Thomas Tallis' Spem in alium would be top of the list. The depth and complexity of the 40-part polyphony is so demanding and begs to be allowed to overwhelm all other senses: even closing my eyes immediately and completely changes the experience of the music, so I can imagine how doing away with awareness of my chair, etc. would probably intensify it even more.

Nick Shinn's picture

Was just listening to Master of Puppets CD in my car, and it started sticking.
An awesome effect, as the Metallica "unstressed meter" sounds a bit like that anyway.
So the artefact blended nicely with the recording.
Drain you of your sanity, face The Thing That Should Not Be :-)

DrDoc's picture

This Is Happening, LCD Soundsystem's new album, just started streaming on their website last week. It's been my go-to background music for design work.

Jennifer E. Dahl's picture

@Eric
Thank you! Streaming now.

babs's picture

Bonobo - Black Sands

Arno Enslin's picture

Uriah Heep – Salisbury

Just rediscovered.

dezcom's picture

I am listening to my wife playing Schubert. Far better than endless silence.

John Hudson's picture

Ha. Inspired by Arno's Uriah Heep mention, I'm off to dig up some Gentle Giant.

Santiago Orozco's picture

Toro y Moi -Lissoms

I could live in this song :)

mili's picture

Seagulls on the roof top of the next door building.
also
Villa Nah
Two Door Cinema Club
Travis

DrDoc's picture

Today I picked up The National's new album High Violet from Cactus Music, my second-favorite Houston record store (favorite for new vinyl — Black Dog's better for secondhand). I've been listening to it on stream for a few weeks now, but I've never been so excited about the physical release of an album. This is outstanding.

Arno Enslin's picture

Rhapsody in Pink – a sampler with great Pink Floyd live recordings. It’s my favorite Pink Floyd CD.

Arno Enslin's picture

Because of this guy I have not only heard Frank Zappa’s great song The Illinois Enema Bandit round about ten times since yesterday, but I also have learned the wordings “Just for the thrill of it.” and “shameless indecency” (which I would translate to schamlose Schamlosigkeit). The picture of Mr. Burden is so damn cool. If I am ever going to make a cover for Zappa in New York I am making use of his picture. He is almost as photogenic as Julian Assange, who is on the top of my hero list of this week.

ferfolio's picture

Mae, Destination Beautiful :)

.00's picture

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SuperUltraFabulous's picture

Nathan Fake “The Sky Was Pink” Holden Remix

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And, of course, I bought the EP in FLAC format because uncompressed audio is always best for the true love of music.

Mike Diaz :-)

hrant's picture

Eurotrash. (Arguably the optimal genre for testing sound systems.)

hhp

5star's picture

The Cult ...all!

Here's a track from their LOVE Expanded Version CD...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAdRCUsqg-U&feature=related

mili's picture

Mogwai
http://vimeo.com/18676619

Fran Healy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcqqJRv3npo

I'm looking forward to seeing both live soon.

quadibloc's picture

I experienced sensory deprivation once, when I had my tonsils taken out. The anaesthetic blocked all sensory inputs, so I was not in pain from the operation, but I was still able to consciously think.

As for the music I listen to,

There's pop music... ABBA, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66, Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, Al Hirt, Sandie Shaw, Mary Hopkin, Lesley Gore, Brenda Lee, The Beach Boys

Easy listening... Percy Faith, Bert Kaempfert, Paul Mauriat, James Last, Frank Chacksfield, Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, Felix Slatkin, Walter Wanderley, Horst Jankowski, Fausto Papetti, Geoff Love, Billy May, Enoch Light, Tony Mottola, Kiri te Kanawa, Linda Ronstadt

Jazz... Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton

Folk... Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, The Seekers, Celtic Woman, Harry Belafonte, Neil Diamond, Don Messer and his Islanders, The New Christy Minstrels

Big Band

Broadway (and also West End)... Elaine Page, Sarah Brightman

Soundtracks... Star Wars, Superman, Flashdance, Silent Running

Electronic... Gershon Kingsley, Hot Butter

Other... Leroy Anderson, Olivia Newton-John, Animusic, Nana Mouskouri (her early Hadjidakis material more than her later pop phase), Mason Williams, Mike Oldfield

Recently, I've been rediscovering a lot of forgotten minor one-hit-wonders in rock and roll, like the Murmaids, Merrilee Rush, Minnie Ripperton, Patience and Prudence, and some rather more successful, like Vanity Fare, Ian and Sylvia, The Three Degrees, Susan Jacks, and European artists, like Caterina Valente, Dalida, Vicky Leandros, Jeanette, France Gall, Laila Kinnunen, Pirkko Mannola, Brita Koivunen...

This is just a sampling, but I'm sure it's enough to convince many that my musical taste is execrable...

mili's picture

Quadibloc, fascinating to see Laila Kinnunen, Pirkko Mannola and Brita Koivunen on your list. Have they ever recorded in English? Or do just enjoy the beautiful sound of Finnish?

tourdeforce's picture

Nick Drake
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez
Elliott Smith
John Frusciante
Tori Amos
...

quadibloc's picture

@mili:
Quadibloc, fascinating to see Laila Kinnunen, Pirkko Mannola and Brita Koivunen on your list. Have they ever recorded in English? Or do just enjoy the beautiful sound of Finnish?
Actually, at least some of them have recorded a few items in English.
The reason I had even heard of them is because, since YouTube has reached an agreement with the music companies, I had been searching YouTube to listen to interesting items there.

So, first I searched for versions of Lesley Gore's hit song "You Don't Own Me" sung in other languages. In this way, I discovered Dalida, who sang the Italian version, "Va Tu Sei Libero".
Then I looked at some of her other songs, and found that she sang the novelty song "Itsy-Bitsy Teenie-Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" in a French version, "Un Tout Petit Bikini". I then went searching to discover how many other languages this song had turned up in.

At least this is one version of the story. Also, in searching for other versions of songs that Nana Mouskouri had sung, particularly her early material written by Manos Hadjidakis, I found one song by Hadjidakis that apparently she had not recorded. (Actually, she had done so, but only in a French version: "C'est Joli la Mer".)

I had not remembered that Brenda Lee's hit song, "All Alone Am I" was a modified version (an instrumental bridge became the chorus/refrain, the chorus/refrain became the ordinary part of the song, the ordinary part of the song was dropped) of one of Hadjidakis earliest songs, made famous in a movie about World War II.

Perhaps to the Greeks it is as strongly identified with Jenny Karezi and the movie, the way "As Time Goes By" is with Casablanca to English speakers, that Nana Mouskouri saw no need to sing "Min Ton Rotas Ton Ourano" in Greek. Later on, Anna Vissi would sing it.

In any event, my investigations into that song led me to other Greek artists, such as Vicky Leandros, and thus to the Eurovision Song Contest. So I might have encountered Dalida through that route instead of a search directly related to Lesley Gore.

Brita Koivunen recorded, or at least performed, "Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me" in Finnish, but I recognized the tune, as "Mamma, Tuo Mies Mua Tuijottaa".

Laila Kinnunen recorded a few songs in English, such as "Girl Don't Come", "I Will Follow Him", "Who's Sorry Now", "Who's Sorry Now", "You've Lost that Loving Feeling", and, in Finnish, she recorded "Everybody Loves a Lover" as "Kellä Kulta Sillä Onni".

Pirkko Mannola is the one who recorded "Pikku Pikku Bikinissä", which started me looking for other artists from Finland that turned up as related suggestions in her search results; she sang a duet with Brita Koivunen, and she also sang together with Laila Kinnunen and one other artist for a version of "Three Coins in the Fountain". Another rock and roll success in the English-speaking world she brought to Finland was "Kumipallo": "Rubber Ball".

On the other hand, I found "Det Finns Ingenting Att Hämta" in Swedish, sung by Anna-Lena Löfgren, and "Schuld War Nur der Bossa Nova" in German, sung by Manuela, but I haven't found the Finnish version yet.

mili's picture

Ah, good old YouTube!
Recording famous tunes in Finnish was very popular until about 1980's, and here in Finland we know most of the older songs better in Finnish than in their original versions. I don't think I've ever heard the original version of "Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me", but I could probably sing it by heart in Finnish.

Igor Freiberger's picture

Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

I thought my grandmother and me were the last living ones to like this! :-)

BTW, I'm listening to Chico Buarque, Chico Buarque and Chico Buarque these days.

quadibloc's picture

Incidentally, Carola Christina Standertskjöld-Liemola, who usually recorded just as Carola, sang in Finnish as well as Swedish, and as she did a version of "C'est Joli la Mer", that might also have been a route by which I found some of the other Finnish artists. Just now, I found her singing "Água de Beber" on YouTube as well.

Nick Shinn's picture

Just got Blue Cheer's Vincebus Eruptum (1968). I paid $40.
Not a band I was into at the time, but I quite like the longer tracks and the timbre of their heavy guitar sound in the low notes.
Cover is thick stock with three spot colours, one silver, which makes it real nice to take out the record and play it.

Also just picked up an original cast recording of South Pacific (Ezio Pinza, Mary Martin). I really like her inflections, just the way she sings "I"! That was $1. BTW, note Steinweiss script—I presume he designed the cover.

Speaking of Scandinavian singers — Alice Babs (Swe-Danes, 1960). Her "bub-a-dub" style of vocalese (not being particularly adept at English) was picked up by the Swingle Singers.

Paul Cutler's picture

Vincebus Eruptum is genius. Totally raw psychedelia, sort of like the first Alice Cooper album Pretties For You. And the cover is pretty darn cool. I remember listening to it over and over when I was a teenager, oops, I guess that's what happened to me. When I was on tour I went through a phase where all I would listen to is Pretties For You over and over again. Probably for a month or so. After a while it ceases to be music and becomes more like a mantra, a chant. Ear training indeed.

pbc

Nick Cooke's picture

Upon hearing of the death of Mick Karn I just had to search out Buoy.
I haven't heard it for over 20 years but it's still beautiful.

Small Craft on a Milk Sea - The new Brian Eno album is also fantastic.

quadibloc's picture

@mili:
Quadibloc, fascinating to see Laila Kinnunen, Pirkko Mannola and Brita Koivunen on your list.
By the way, although I found "Itsy-Bitsy Teenie-Weenie Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini" in many languages, and "You Don't Own Me" in a few, not having a copy of "Mitä Suomi Soittaa" at my elbow, I don't know if "You Don't Own Me" was ever recorded by anyone in a Finnish version.
If so, you wouldn't happen to know the artist or the title?

mili's picture

@Quadibloc,
Sorry to report, but "You Don't Own Me" hasn't been recorded in Finnish, as far as I can gather. Could be something to do with difficulties of translating the song so that it would fit the tune.

quadibloc's picture

Thank you. That's quite all right; now I can rest at ease on this.

It was sung in Swedish, but the title is a common Swedish phrase, and so several other completely different songs have been recorded with the same title, "Jag Vill Ha Dig". But this cover version by Marianne Kock hasn't been totally forgotten - it was included in a recent "best of" compilation available in Sweden.

dezcom's picture

I love Satelite Radio. I just listened to both Frankie Lymon and then Richard Tucker (2 different channels, 5 then 78

Té Rowan's picture

I've been listening to Candy Chang's Typography, snarfed from archive.org.

Nick Shinn's picture

@Paul Totally raw psychedelia…

Yeah, they were total acid heads.
But macho too, had to be the loudest, pushing the technology.
I guess blue cheer led to heavy metal, sunshine to prog rock.
Getting this album led me to pull out and play some examples of that other, mellow psychedelia— "philosophical" lyrics, folk/choirboy vocal harmonies, ethereal organs, eclectic instruments &c. Saucerful of Secrets is the ultimate trip track in that genre, IMO. But listening to HP Lovecraft II, my, how silly it sounds! XTC spoofed it as The Dukes of Stratosphear in the '80s. It's 25 o'clock, man!



Paul Cutler's picture

It is indeed totally muscular. Raw farm California take on the whole thing. Know the HP Lovecraft and haven't listened to it for ages. I'm sure it is quite dated. The other Pink Floyd that is outstanding are the live cuts from Ummagumma. Love it. Also the first four Grateful Dead albums are quite good but maybe the best is the first Quicksilver Messenger Service LP.

If you want to hear a really screwed up take that was actually made because they hated the hippies, the first Alice Cooper is more psychedelic than almost anything. Drunken anger from Phoenix Arizona mixed with a love for show tunes.

I saw Blue Cheer twice, once with the original lineup, and then with the next guitarist, who was a much better guitar player but the band wasn't nearly as good. They also played on the Steve Allen show back in the day - you can probably find the clip on YouTube.

pbc

Stickley's picture

Just picked up:
BurialBurial
Tom MiddletonHypnotizer
HecqScatterheart

Recently in the mix: Circulation, Clock DVA, Laibach, Seefeel, Ulrich Schnauss

...and occasionally my favorite Cuban singer: Video

cuttlefish's picture

Right now (and every Saturday 9am to noon, Pacific time) I'm listening to the Norman Bates Memorial Soundtrack show on http://www.kfjc.org/netcast/

dezcom's picture

I hope you are not in the shower as you listen, cuttlefish?

cuttlefish's picture

Mother wouldn't approve of that.

dezcom's picture

Yes, but she is dead in the basement with the swinging lightbulb ;-)

quadibloc's picture

Of course, Finland, like any other country, has a wide variety of musical genres that people enjoy.

In looking up modified versions of Christmas carols on YouTube that extolled Cthulhu, I found out about Hatsune Miko. And from Hatsune Miko, I found out about the Ievan Polkka. And clicking on related links led me to Kun Mun Kultani Tulisi.

When I first heard it, I mistakenly thought it must have been a traditional Irish song translated into Finnish, but no, it is an old traditional Finnish song (or an old traditional Finnish poem set anew to music by Loituna; I am not yet certain which one).

Nick Shinn's picture


My daughter gave me a Deadmau5 CD for Xma5, and I play it when I'm driving.
Now she needs to get me a subwoofer for my birthday, so I can really impress pedestrians.

quadibloc's picture

Given my question, I thought I should include, for the record, some information I have discovered through my extensive web searches.

A Finnish band, Raggars, recorded "Ei Oo Souli", which is a cover of a song whose English title is "You Don't Own Me"... but it isn't the one written by Madara and White that Lesley Gore recorded. Instead, it is a different song that the musical group Status Quo recorded.

dezcom's picture

That is the Finnish song my oldest son loves so much and plays incessantly "ou ee ou ee ou ee ou ee ou ee ou ee, OU-EE" at a fast rhythmic tempo.

Werfer's picture

Depends on my mood: It goes from Finntroll to Jamiroquai to Edvard Krieg :-)

1985's picture

Outer Space Suite - Bernard Herrmann (a shame it is not very long)

Also audiobooks (are they allowed?):

Walden - Henry David Thoreau (from Librivox)
1000 Autumns of Jacob de Zoet - David Mitchell

Té Rowan's picture

Nothing says it has to be music. In my case, it is, though: Renditions made from Polish MIDI files of Kraftwerk's Radioactivity and Tour de France, with instruments picked out by yrs truly.

1985's picture

Sounds great. Radioactivity - the only song I know of with lyrics in Morse code.

Radioactivity .. ... / .. -. / - .... . / .- .. .-. / ..-. --- .-. / -.-- --- ..- / .- -. -.. / -- .
Is in the air for you and me .-. .- -.. .. --- .- -.-. - .. ...- .. - -..--
Radioactivity -.. .. ... -.-. --- ...- . .-. . -.. / -... -.-- / -- .- -.. .- -- . / -.-. ..- .-. .. .
discovered by Madame Curie .-. .- -.. .. --- .- -.-. - .. ...- .. - -..--
Radioactivity - ..- -. . / .. -. / - --- / - .... . / .-.-.- .-.-.- .-.-.- -.- .-. .- ..-. - .-- . .-. -.-

(Or something like that, I'm not exactly fluent in Morse.)

Also, Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service if you are in the UK and can access BBC radio online.

quadibloc's picture

I've just discovered, due to a forum post in another place where music is discussed as an off-topic subject, a Dutch musical ensemble of an unusual genre.

Symphonic Metal.

Epica.

The music is impressive, and the lead singer, Simone Simons, is clearly very talented.

Also, as for my own personal quest, a more direct search on Google finally yielded up a 1989 Finnish-language cover of "It's My Party", titled Oon Sun Autos.

Ed_Aranda's picture

Just discovered "Bon Iver" and can't stop listening to them! I even did a cover of their song "Re: Stacks" and put it on Youtube. You can check it out here, if you're interested:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzgwTykdnQA

vilbel's picture

That Hungarian album of Venetian Snares.

dezcom's picture

1982 Met recording of Carmen with Marilyn Horne

CanwllCorfe's picture

Tommy Four Seven's new album Primate. Raw, uncompromising, and tribal. What an album.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxlI3NJKvLU

Arno Enslin's picture

@ Tim

At the moment I am not in the mood for Tommy Four Seven – it makes me nervous. But This bitter earth - On the nature of daylight is beautiful.

Té Rowan's picture

Right now, whatever's on Absolute Radio on 1215kHz.

CanwllCorfe's picture

@ Arno

Why thank you! :D I have quite an eclectic taste. I'm all over the place when it comes to music haha! Right now I'm listening to some Progressive House. It's unseasonably warm, so I think it fits nicely. It's such a sunny and bright genre.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_VJ1K_xLfg

FontPeter's picture

I listen: Grooveshark.com

Artist
Jorge Drexler
Durrty Goodz
Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild
Steve Reich

fontsy.com

BrettR's picture

Chris Garneau, The Black Keys, Death Cab for Cutie, The Rescues, Dan Mangan, Elvis, Regina Spekter, and Arcade Fire.

dezcom's picture

You know you are way too old for this thread when you don't recognize the names of bands or musicians mentioned 99% of the time :-)

BrettR's picture

I am going to go on a limb, and say the name of an artist, who's voice can soothe the soul and make certain hormones from males and females explode.

Barry White.

vilbel's picture

Kayo Dot - Choirs of the Eye

From Zorn's label, thought I'd seen that name before, Canwll.

CanwllCorfe's picture

The name of the song? Or Jamie Saft Trio? Or neither?!

Right now it's M. Ostermeier's Chasing Ghosts. Unfortunately it's not on YouTube, but Lakefront is. Does that picture look familiar? It should! :D

BrettR's picture

Todays Song:

Cold War Kids - Audience.

vilbel's picture

The name of John Zorn haha. The book of angels series is really good btw. But for now:
Brian Eno - An Ending (Ascent)

Té Rowan's picture

Radio Scotland on 810kHz.

CanwllCorfe's picture

The name of John Zorn haha.

Leave it to me to guess everything but what you were referring to! :D Haha! Yeah I'd heard of him on numerous occasions, but never sought him out. I finally got around to it!

Right now I'm listening to what very well could be one of my all time favorite songs. Dné - My Vitamins

elzosmid's picture

Sometimes I listen to the radio or http://3voor12.vpro.nl/luisterpaal/ which is great.
But when I'm really at it, working in a flow, only Michael Nyman cuts it.
The Kiss, The Claim, Gattaca are a few of his albums I like a lot.
Most ppl know him from the music for the movie 'The Piano' and a few Greenaway movies.

vilbel's picture

Nice, but very short haha. Reminds me a bit of Fennesz.

dezcom's picture

Brahms Requiem sung by one of our dear friends.

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