Sound Sunday features free music downloads from independent artists. In this edition, the spotlight is on contemporary classical music. It’s all you’d expect, yet filled with surprises. Give it a spin!
Soft As Air
Genre: ambient, instrumental, piano, classical
Ben Woods began writing music intended for release in 2008 whilst studying at the University of Plymouth in the Southwest, UK. (…) His style shifts between an ambient and piano sound achieved with processed MIDI instruments.
You Know This Guy
Genre: ambient, electronic, instrumental, classical
You have heard the music of Dexter Britain before. One of his albums was featured in the Soundtrack Edition of Sound Sunday. Even if you missed that one, you have likely heard his music elsewhere. Dexter is a composer who gives all of his music away for free and has been picked up quite a bit.
Interview: You’ve Heard This Man’s Music Before, You Just Don’t Know It: Interviewing Dexter Britain
Genre: indie, instrumental, classical, orchestral, soundtrack
This album is the original soundtrack of the video game Aarklash Legacy.
Intense Piano Solos
Genre: instrumental, classical, piano
The songs are meant to be loud and more in your face. The album is a reflection of my battles, successes and determination to move forward. There is a lot of venting exemplified with intense and heavy notes throughout the songs. I’m not scared anymore. The “Woods of Chaos” will always be there, but I’m able to overcome the beasts and find peace. Create your own experience with each song.
Soft Piano Solos
Genre: instrumental, classical, piano
After a quite long time, here finally is my next album “New World”. This album just contains solo piano tracks and sounds a bit different to the other piano albums I released. My new songs offer a wider range of harmonics and chords. After several piano albums, I try to develop the level and style of my songs more and more which is a must for instrumental music. There is just this one piano that can convay the mood and the feelings of each song which actually is the challenge of this kind of music.
Genre: instrumental, classical, piano, orchestral
Karim Kamar is a south London based pianist who composes original pieces, as well as renditions of popular tunes. The Covers contains solo contemporary classical piano renditions of his favorite pieces.
Genre: electronic, instrumental, classical, piano
Electric Grandma is the on-stage and real persona of Lucia Aurora Garcia, the multi-dimentional mastermind responsible for igniting the fire that is Electric Grandma. Lucia sings lead vocals, plays piano, performs synth and programs the live shows along with Grandpa Fractal. (…) Throughout the years of pursuing music, dance, performance, and studying classical piano, she can be considered a modern day Renaissance Woman.
Short Songs Without Words
Genre: electronic, instrumental, classical, piano, strings, soundtrack
Pianos, strings, guitars, and synthesizers have all been used in ways I hope you enjoy. ~Nick Logan
Improvised Piano Pieces
Genre: acoustic, instrumental, classical, piano
Debs is a painter and photographer as well as a maker of music. (…) She has had 15 group and solo exhibitions in recent years including shows in London, Canada, Japan and San Francisco. (…) Debs music is acoustic and moves between folk pop, folk rock, indie and instrumental styles. (…) Her recent music focuses on solo acoustic work. (…) Debs has played live in session for the BBC and received multiple plays on [many international radio stations] since August 2012.
Energetic Electronic & Classical Fusion
Genre: alternative, avant-garde, electro-acoustic, instrumental, classical, piano
Composer and musician Rebecca Brandt mixes electro-acoustic, contemporary classical and electronic sounds. Numbers & Shapes is Rebecca’s debut album. She also scores a variety of film projects.
Minimalist Classical Drone
Genre: ambient, drone, minimalism, instrumental, classical, piano
Crane’s Dreams is a music project formed in 2011. Based in Russia, the unknown artist uses nature sounds, voices, and various noises to create his ambient, drone, classical music.
Music & Poetry
Genre: poetry, spoken word, classical, piano, strings, orchestral
Seattle natives Troy Osaki and Ariel Loud combine classical music with spoken poetry to form their art.
Genre: instrumental, drone, pop, classical, cello, soundscape
Oliver Barrett is a musician and illustrator currently living in London. Having played in various bands, Oliver has most recently put out several releases under his ‘Petrels’ moniker on various labels internationally including Denovali, Tartaruga, and Patient Sounds. As a composer he has had work commissioned by the BFI, London Word Festival and the Southbank Centre amongst others, and as a performer has played with artists ranging from Duane Pitre to Steve Beresford to Damo Suzuki. A multi-instrumentalist, Oliver’s musical practice ranges from solo electronics, acoustic improvisation, band work, and sound art, to orchestral arrangements and song, drawing influences from a broad spectrum.
Source: Floating Limb Homepage
The Grand Finale
Was that the kind of classical music you expected? Which album did you enjoy most? Which one surprised you the most? What else were you looking for?
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