If you’re struggling to find the right Christmas present for the person that already has everything, why not compile a playlist for them? Browse previous editions of Sound Sunday for music genres you know they like and create a mixtape. Transfer your selection to a shiny new USB thumb drive or burn it to a DVD and create a nice label and wrap it up nicely. It’s a handmade and personal gift that doesn’t require a lot of skill, but tons of thought.
Do use the comments to share your thoughts on this week’s edition or suggest genres and artists. You can also drop me an eMail [tina at makeuseof dot com] anytime. Now enjoy this week’s eclectic mix.
Rise of the Masters – 24 Supreme Classical Masterpieces
|The album 24 Supreme Classical Masterpieces provides a compact overview over some of the greatest classical compositions ever made. The album includes recordings from the London Philharmoic Orchestra and David Parry, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and Eduardo Marturet, and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Magnus Ericsson. A great album to get a taste of the classics from Bach (Ave Maria) via Mozart (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik), HÃ¤ndel (Hallelujah Chorus), Tchaikovsky (Swan Lake Suite), and Chopin (Minute Waltz), to Beethofen (Moonlight I. Adagio Sostenuto).
Get the compilation album 24 Supreme Classical Masterpieces from the homepage. And keep an eye on their website for future releases of individual composers.
Twelve – Twelve:03
Genre: alternative, indie, cosmic, electronica, instrumental, rock
Twelve is an instrumental project of Chris Olley, the singer of Six.By Seven, whose 2004 album six.byseven:04 was featured in a previous edition of Sound Sunday. The present album is an instrumental that Olley released in 2007. Each song represents a painting by Escher, hence the German names.
Download the album free from.
French Horn Rebellion – The Infinite Music
Genre: alternative, electro, indie
The Infinite Music is a three piece album sampler that provides an overview of the works of this US-based band. The band was founded in 2007, when French Horn player Robert, frustrated by trying to master this challenging instrument, asked his elder brother David to start a rebellion with him. The electrifying sound of French Horn Rebellion was born. It’s hot! You must give their MySpace a spin!
You can download the album from the Left side of their. To be honest, I couldn’t quite figure out the right side.
French Horn Rebellion MySpace and .
Wisdom+Logic – Broken English Vol. Under Surveillance
Genre: hip hop
Wisdom & Logic is the band project of Austin Eugene Brown (BlackLogic) and Just Wise. The language on this mixtape is not broken at all. The 18 tracks album features classic hip hop rhymes on a base of pushing beats and mellow melodies.
Broken English Vol. Under Surveillance is a mixtape
Slow Burn Records – Label Compilation 2010
Genre: metal, mixed
|Slow Burn Records is a Russian post metal label. In November they released a free label sampler featuring 11 of their finest artists from 2010, including upcoming releases for 2011.
Download the album for free from the Slow Burn Records Homepage. Discovered via .
Slow Loris – Extra Colors
Genre: rock, pop
Wes Doyle, the man behind Slow Loris, records all his tunes in a bedroom in Madison, Wisconsin. The voice has this distant echo, that gives the songs a heavy sound of melancholy, lightened up here and there by a guitar solo.
Get the album from Bandcamp.
Slow Loris Homepage.
Drunken C – Dreamville
Genre: indie, minimalist, rock
|Drunken C is the one woman project or French artist Cecile Raynaud. From Facebook: “Take minimalism, post punk, post rock all mixed together with a very personal approach and you’ll get the “home” of Drunken C. She invites you to its sonic world of noise and words and no doubt that you will be seduced.”
The album download is provided by Zorch Factory Records.
Paul Baribeau – Unbearable
Genre: acoustic, folk rock, punk, pop
The brief profile on his homepage reads: “My name is Paul Baribeau. I write songs.” I guess that says it all.
Unbearable is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
New Beats Media – Inspiration Ispiratio
|Inspiration Ispiratio is a compilation of New Beats Media, a hub for professionals and consumers in the music industry. NBM provides a platform for everyone to unite and interact better, faster, and cooler. The goal is to reshape the Entertainment industry. Their E-CD contains songs from ten different artists and a beautiful PDF booklet.
Download the album from New Beats Media.
Juj – Slack
Genre: jazzy, lounge, lo-fi, electronica, hip hop
Juj is part of the Wedidit Collective and can also be found on the Huh What & Where (HW&W) roster. This album is a beat tape like no other. If you don’t like mainstream Hip Hop, but do appreciate creative, lounge-type music with beats and a twist, then give this album a spin. It’s wild!
Slack can be downloaded from Bandcamp.
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