The Rich History—and Present—of Latin American Prog

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

The “classic prog rock” category usually contains heavy hitters like King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Can, and possibly Le Orme—bands hailing from Britain, Germany, and Italy making complex, technical concept albums about themes like madness and alien invasion, or taking rock down improvisational paths into new worlds. Less storied are the tales of Latin American bands, even though the prog scene in Latin America has a long history and a surprisingly vital present.

The Scientific Benefits Of Exercising With Sun Ra

English: Sun Ra at New England Conservatory, F...

Source: The Quietus.

When you begin a slow-twitch exercise like running or cycling, your body naturally enters a state of indecision. It’s establishing whether you’re trying to escape from something and will therefore require a lot of stamina-boosting blood and oxygen in your legs, or if you’re going to have to fight something, in which case it’ll send blood to the muscles that control your limbs for explosive action should you need to fell an assailant. As a consequence, warming up is essential. It’s time your body spends working out where might be the best place to send all that blood and oxygen. You can’t just start a sprint and expect the best results. For anyone mildly interested in efficient exercise, this is all entry-level stuff. So why, then, do we not make the same allowances for listening to music while we exercise?

The aforementioned parallel, and I think it’s a perfect one, struck me when I thought of the music of Sun Ra.

AMN Picks of the Week: Cinchel / Ruairi O’Baoighill / Ross Feller / Scot Ray and Vicki Ray / Sophia Vastek

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Cinchel – Temporary Radiance (2017)
Ruairi O’Baoighill – The Faceless One (2014)
Ruairi O’Baoighill – Walpurgis (2012)
Ross Feller – X/Winds (2017)
Scot Ray and Vicki Ray – Yar (2017)
Sophia Vastek – Histories (2017)

AMN Picks of the Week: Ager Sonus / Mariel Roberts / Barbiero & Moore / Masaoka, Parkins, & Melford / Penderecki / Beresford & Musson / No One

Krzysztof Penderecki – Festival of Stars in Gd...

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Ager Sonus – Book of the Black Earth (2017)
Mariel Roberts – Cartography (2017)
Daniel Barbiero / Ken Moore – Lunge (2017)
Masaoka, Miya / Zeena Parkins / Myra Melford – MZM (2017)
Krzysztof Penderecki – Kosmogonia (1974 / 2017)
Steve Beresford / Rachel Musson – Hesitantly Pleasant (2017)
No One – 11 (2017)