Sweet Things from Alex Overington’s Electro-Acoustic Composition Class

by Rachel Cantrell on August 6, 2011

After four very busy weeks at the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) music program, I’m now at home on my laptop trying to catch up with all of the music that was shared with me over the course of this past month. Though I was exposed to a wide variety of music from every teacher I worked with, perhaps the most eclectic variety of music came from Oberlin student (Or graduate? Not completely sure.) and New York City-based composer/producer Alex Overington. While we sat on comfy bean bag chairs in the dimly-lit Sound Lab, Alex clicked through Powerpoint slides and Youtube videos, sharing with us everything from Luigi Russolo to Jaga Jazzist. Here’s just a bit of it:

1. Miguel Atwood Ferguson feat. Flying Lotus/“Drips/Take Notice”

2. Fieldwork (Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman, Eliot Humberto Kavee)/“Headlong”

3. Colin Stetson

4. Dirty Projectors feat. Bjork/“When The World Comes to an End”

5. Battles/“Atlas”

6. Little Dragon/“Constant Surprises”

Thanks to Alex Overington and the rest of the CSSSA music staff for a wonderful summer!

CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: Town Business/Das Racist/Sit Down, Man

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