The full 29-track ‘@0’ compilation of new ambient recordings arrived in November and follows the recently released EP from Suzanne Ciani & Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. It features tracks from Steve Roach and A Winged Victory For The Sullen. The album is released via Coldcut’s Ahead Of Our Time, with the label/Ninja Tune donating our share (50% of net receipts) to three charities: CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), Mind and Black Minds Matter.
‘EP2’ is the second of three EPs to be drawn from the larger project which aims to highlight some of the pioneers of ambient music alongside those artists spearheading the genre today.
Speaking about his involvement in the project Steve Roach says: “I am excited and honored to be a part of this diverse collective of ambient-electronic innovators as well as knowing it’s supporting a worthy cause. Ninja Tune pulled out all the stops on the ambitious gathering and the presentation of the project across various formats. Hats off for this great accomplishment!”
Originally commissioned as part of BBC Radio 3’s ‘Beethoven Remixed’ series and released for the first time as part of ‘@0’, A Winged Victory For The Sullen said of their contribution: “A psychologist would have had their work cut out with our mood swings while working on this endeavor. It went from pleasure & joy at being asked by the BBC to be involved, to total despair & horror when we received the separate tracks & stems of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony & it sort of sank in. Essentially the weight & importance of this man & this piece of music over the past 200 years, and even imagining into the future all those extra terrestrials that find some of his music on the NASA Voyager Golden Record that is currently zooming through interstellar space somewhere in the universe. It is really a lot to take in. Generally speaking you can say art & music are subjective but not when you are referencing the great Ludwig Van. I suppose the moral of this paragraph is be careful of what you wish for…”
‘EP2’ follows the recently released ‘EP1’ comprising modular synthesis pioneer Suzanne Ciani’s “Morning Spring” alongside Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s “Mt Baker”, named after the glacier-covered volcano found in the Cascade Mountain range in Washington. The release will be followed by ‘EP3’ featuring legendary Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, with a new live-recording of his 1999 track “Aqua”, originally performed as part of his ‘Playing the Piano for the Isolated’, and James Heather with a new version of “And She Came Home”, with piano re-recorded on a Bosendorfer Grand and additional strings.
Curated and sequenced by Coldcut (on LP and Digital) and mixed by both Coldcut and Mixmaster Morris (on CD) the full 29-track ‘@0’ compilation was released 19th November (LP, CD and Digital).
Featuring an incredible lineup of new ambient and classical recordings, all released for the first time as part of the ‘@0’ compilation with music from: Ryuichi Sakamoto, Suzanne Ciani, Steve Roach, Juliana Barwick, Imogen Heap—whose ‘The Happy Song’ is remixed by Coldcut—A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Laraaji, Sigur Rós—with close collaborator of the band Paul Corley providing a ‘Liminal’ re-work of ‘Rembihnútur’—Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Helena Hauff, Skee Mask, Daniel Pemberton & FSOL, James Heather, Specimens, Nailah Hunter, Rovo & System 7, Ned Scott (The Egg), Noodreem, Mira Calix, Obay Alsharani, David Wenngren, ill-esha, Yak Herder, NDiPA X Flex Machina, Double Cushion, Irresistible Force, FRKTL, ANNA and Coldcut themselves.
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Compilation Artwork – Credit: Fefe Talevara