Unclassified

Elizabeth Alker with music by a new generation of composers who defy classification.

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0101Let's Slow Things Down20180408Elizabeth Alker presents music by an exciting new generation of composers.

Elizabeth Alker takes listeners on a sonic exploration into uncharted musical territory, delving further into an emerging scene of composers and performers who feel at home in both a traditional concert hall and a grimy basement venue.

These artists are unburdened by tradition and genre and they're meeting the demands of a growing international audience who have eclectic tastes and open minds. Join Elizabeth as she follows musicians such as Gabriel Prokofiev, Johann Johannsson, Flying Lotus, Bonobo, Nils Frahm and Christina Vantzou from electronic dance clubs onto windswept Nordic landscapes, into the world of art house cinema and on stage in some of the world's most reputable concert halls.

Disconnect from all devices and escape into soothing ambient soundscapes, rewire your brain for gorgeous electronic experimentation and let surprising collaborations transport you into as yet undiscovered sound worlds. We're hoping to get completely lost. This is music by composers who are rewriting the rules and changing the way we think about contemporary and traditional forms of music.

Elizabeth Alker takes listeners on a sonic exploration into unchartered musical territory, delving further into an emerging scene of composers and performers who feel at home in both a traditional concert hall and a grimy basement venue.

Elizabeth Alker introduces music by an exciting new generation of classically trained composers and performers who are breaking free of the constraints of practice rooms and concert halls and finding new international audiences for their brand of seriously engaging music. They are part of an innovative, emergent scene which defies categorisation.

Over the last decade new tech has empowered these artists and their fledgling record labels, driven by the confident demands of internet savvy audiences, to independently create and distribute this music.

Some of the artists covered include Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds, Oliver Coates and Valgeir Sigurosson each developing armies of listeners hungry for new sounds. These artists, with their classical backgrounds, glide with ease from being, say, a soloist with the BBC Philharmonic to improvising in a club with an electronic DJ, or writing soundtracks for film and theatre.

Elizabeth traces the composers' artistic journeys, and looks at the labels, promoters, characters and venues they connect with. She looks at how this new contemporary music scene has taken shape and puts the spotlight on brand new artists, introducing Radio 3 listeners to an eclectic mix of exciting new music.

010288 Keys - 88 Days2018041520190526 (R3)Elizabeth Alker looks back at some of the highlights of this year's Piano Day.

In part two of Unclassified, Elizabeth Alker looks back at some of the highlights of this year's Piano Day.

Piano Day was started in 2015 by Nils Frahm but it has since taken on a life of its own, becoming an international phenomenon with special one-off events and recordings happening all over the world. Since there are 88 keys on a piano, Piano Day is always celebrated on the 88th day of the year, and from Leeds to Lisbon, Shanghai to Shropshire and St Petersburg to Seoul, musicians and composers of all different disciplines came together this year on March 29th.

Elizabeth will celebrate and explore the possibilities of the piano, whether that's covering strings inside the piano with paper, hitting them with a £1 Ikea toilet brush or arranging new music for as many as eight pianos and tape loop. Expect the strange and the blissful, music that is freaky and gorgeous and definitely some sounds you've never heard before. There'll be brand new beautiful and experimental recordings from artists such as Nightports with Matthew Bourne, Poppy Ackroyd, Laurence Crane, Peter Broderick, Four Tet and Simeon Walker.

Elizabeth Alker looks back at some of the highlights of the 2018 Piano Day.

Piano Day was started in 2015 by Nils Frahm but it has since taken on a life of its own, becoming an international phenomenon with special one-off events and recordings happening all over the world. To celebrate the 88 keys on a piano, Piano Day is always celebrated on the 88th day of the year, and from Leeds to Lisbon, Shanghai to Shropshire and St Petersburg to Seoul, musicians and composers of all different disciplines came together last year on March 29th.

This is a repeat of a programme first broadcast last year.

Elizabeth will celebrate and explore the possibilities of the piano, whether that's covering strings inside the piano with paper, hitting them with a £1 Ikea toilet brush or arranging new music for as many as eight pianos and tape loop. Expect the strange and the blissful, music that is freaky and gorgeous and definitely some sounds you've never heard before. There'll be brand new beautiful and experimental recordings from artists such as Nightports with Matthew Bourne, Poppy Ackroyd, Laurence Crane, Peter Broderick, Four Tet and Simeon Walker.

0103Women Of Perfect Ambience20180422Elizabeth Alker with music by classically inspired composers.

Elizabeth Alker takes listeners on a sonic exploration into uncharted musical territory, delving further into an emerging scene of composers and performers whose music reaches beyond old fashioned and established ideas of classification.

These artists are unburdened by tradition and genre. They are meeting the demands of a growing international audience with eclectic tastes and open minds by taking a fresh approach. Elizabeth will glide seamlessly with them between the sounds of electronic dance music clubs, art house films, grimy basement venues and classical concert halls. Expect ambient soundscapes, electronic experimentation, surprising collaborations and brand new sound worlds to get completely lost in. Discover composers who are rewriting the rules and changing the way we think about contemporary and traditional forms of music.

If girls really do rule the world then they especially rule the quiet, contemplative, strange and beautiful corners of it. Elizabeth introduces Unclassified music by an all female line-up of composers daring to plough their own unique furrow. Hear Hannah Peel's journey to space transformed into a slow dance by Hinako Omori, experience the weather-beaten west coast of Scotland through the organ music of Claire M Singer; Lara Sarkissian gives ideas of memory and recognition a different beat and the sound worlds of Bruckner and Bjork collide in the music of Lucy Claire. All that plus an exclusive sneak preview of Julia Kent's forthcoming album and brand new music from Sophia Jani and Anna Meredith.

0104The Inner Margin20180429Elizabeth Alker shares music from a new generation of composers who defy classification.

Elizabeth Alker takes listeners on a sonic exploration into uncharted musical territory, delving further into an emerging scene of composers and performers whose music reaches beyond old fashioned and established ideas of classification.

These artists are unburdened by tradition and genre. They are meeting the demands of a growing international audience with eclectic tastes and open minds by taking a fresh approach. Elizabeth will glide seamlessly with them between the sounds of electronic dance music clubs, art house films, grimy basement venues and classical concert halls. Expect ambient soundscapes, electronic experimentation, surprising collaborations and brand new sound worlds to get completely lost in. Discover composers who are rewriting the rules and changing the way we think about contemporary and traditional forms of music.

0105Let Go20180506Elizabeth Alker shares music by a new generation of composers who defy classification.

Elizabeth Alker takes listeners on a sonic exploration into uncharted musical territory, delving further into an emerging scene of composers and performers whose music reaches beyond old fashioned and established ideas of classification.

These artists are unburdened by tradition and genre. They are meeting the demands of a growing international audience with eclectic tastes and open minds by taking a fresh approach. Elizabeth will glide seamlessly with them between the sounds of electronic dance music clubs, art house films, grimy basement venues and classical concert halls. Expect ambient soundscapes, electronic experimentation, surprising collaborations and brand new sound worlds to get completely lost in. Discover composers who are rewriting the rules and changing the way we think about contemporary and traditional forms of music.

0106 LASTSlow Motion Closing Party20180513
0201This Magical Hour20180916Elizabeth Alker with a new series of music by composers who defy classification.

Following the great success of the first series of her late-night show “Unclassified ?, Elizabeth Alker returns with another run of six programmes trawling the underground world of genre-defying composers with roots in both pop and classical music. Unclassified is about music being made right now and will feature exclusive first plays from artists including Bryce Dessner, Richard Reed Parry and Edmund Finnis. Elizabeth will bring the latest news and brand new recordings from live events such as the recent PEOPLE festival at the Funkhaus in Berlin, the Erased Tapes Neon Workshops showcase and the Hexagonal Experiment at the Great Exhibition of The North. “Unclassified ? will also feature a special celebration of a pioneer of this music Johann Johannsson, featuring music made by a new generation of artists he inspired and there'll be the chance to hear all the latest releases from the likes of Aphex Twin, Anna Meredith, Olafur Arnalds, Four Tet, Daniel Avery and many more.

Following the great success of the first series of her late night show "Unclassified", Elizabeth Alker returns with another run of six programmes.

Settling back into this magical last hour, the last one of of the weekend, Elizabeth will usher listeners past midnight with more blissful, brand new and unconventional music.

The first ever radio play of a brand new work for solo violin by Edmund Finnis, performed by Daniel Pioro brings shimmering, cyclical patterns of sound moving in and out of focus, James McVinnie creates a musical trick with a 17th Century organ, Anna Meredith's response to Vivaldi's The Seasons results in a sublime call and response through the centuries and new work from Aphex Twin whets the appetite for a rare performance in Bilbao.

"Unclassified" is a home for composers who are exploring new musical terrain and bringing back all kinds of shimmery, glitchy, expansive and joyful sounds from their sonic travels. Musicians who might have formal classical training or who are inspired by traditional classical music but who are blurring the lines between what is classical music and what is pop, rock or new experimental music.

0202Disappear Into The Night20180923
0203Our Sonic Adventure20180930
0204The Blue Hour20181007Join Elizabeth Alker on another journey into a whole new world of sound and music.

This week's edition features the exclusive first play of a gorgeous brand new work for solo violin by Bryce Dessner from American band The National. The piece is called Ornament and Crime and it was recorded in August by violinist Tim Fain during the PEOPLE event at the Funkhaus in Berlin.

Elizabeth also brings you an exclusive first play of a new work by Manchester composer Joe Duddell. There'll be wintry cello music by Zoe Keating, experimental saxophone music by Daniel Thorne, sounds that ripple and sparkle by the electro-jazz supergroup Szun Waves and the spirit of Daphne Oram channelled through composer, academic and instrument creator Tom Richards.

Group Listening perform a creation by Euros Childs, we look ahead to the excellent Organ Reframed festival at Union Chapel Islington with music by electronic duo Darkstar and Irish and Nordic cultural traditions collide in the work of Slow Moving Clouds

0205Slow Beats, Sweeping Strings20181014
0206 LASTThis Scenic Journey20181021In the last episode of this series, Elizabeth Alker completes this scenic journey by shining a torch into some of the less well-lit corners of contemporary music and lingering in its contemplative quiet places.

The kaleidoscopic piano playing of Anne Lovett collides with soaring cello from Oliver Coates, Phil Selway from Radiohead writes emotionally stirring music to soundtrack the film Let Me Go, Dada Meets Disco on the brand new album from Sone Institute, the shape and flow of Bach's cello suites are infused with new energy thanks to cellist Peter Gregson and Four Tet remixes Daniel Avery.

Elizabeth Alker with music by a new generation of composers who defy classification

0301Systems Align20190414Unclassified returns for a third series with a soothing soundtrack for the end of Sunday and a blissful bundle of brand new sonic treats to see us into the middle of the night, setting us up for a new week.

Unclassified is for curious ears and composers who want to nudge their audience into strange and serene new sound worlds.

This edition features an exclusive first play of music from the forthcoming album 'Orange' by Pullitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw. Orange is a collaboration with the Attacca Quartet which Shaw describes as having colours that are "vivid and familiar" and the shapes which "follow a pattern that you seem to know until you don't". It comes out April 19th.

American composer and guitarist Sarah Louise takes us to the hills of North Carolina with her contemporary take on the American primitive guitar style, which sounds both rootsy and otherworldly. Caroline Eyck marries the bonkers sound of the theremin with the brilliant strings of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble and the British producer Raven works with the limitations of analogue technology to create a sound for the dance floors of now.

Also, an unlikely but joyful collaboration from one of the biggest names in UK Techno, Joy Orbison, with composer, improvisor and saxophonist Ben Vince sounds perfect alongside new music from Nils Frahm.

Unclassified runs for six weeks and then returns later in 2019 in a new, regular slot on Thursday evenings.

Elizabeth Alker is back with genre-exploding new music for curious ears, hearts and minds.

0302Fade To Black20190421As the weekend fades to black join Elizabeth Alker for this hour long sonic exploration.

Tonight's episode features the first ever play of music from Daniel Elms's forthcoming album Islandia, inspired by The North Sea, the post-industrial landscapes of the North of England, the people the ocean brings us and the places it takes us.

We celebrate the work of Adrian Henri with Thurston Moore and the Whitechapel Gallery, Rafiq Bhatia blends avant-garde jazz and electronic composition and we chase the drone from New York to Manchester with William Basinski.

Also in this episode, Erland Cooper transports us to the beautiful and bleak Orkneys and on a musical journey around it's sheltered bays and coves which look out over deadly sea mists. And we look forwards to a tour by American composer and multi-instrumentalist Julia Holter and back to a very special live performance of new music by Bryce Dessner.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

0303Thom Yorke - Minimalist Dream House20190428This edition of Unclassified is an exclusive first play of Thom Yorke from Radiohead's first ever classical composition, a three-part work for two pianos, electronics and modular synthesizer called Don't Fear The Light. This is a recording of the live premiere in Paris.

Alongside this piece we'll also hear (for the first time on the radio) Thom's live premiere of his brand new solo track Gawpers, and a performance by him of the song Suspirium, taken from his recent soundtrack for the film Suspiria.

All these recordings were made during a live show at the Philharmonie de Paris, which was part of a concert called Minimalist Dream House, devised by sisters Katia and Marielle Labeque. As well as Thom's piece, the new classical work, Haven, by The National's Bryce Dessner plus new pieces by French composer and producer David Chalmin were performed. We'll also get to hear those in this episode.

Special thanks to the Philharmonie de Paris.

Programme

David Chalmin: Particule no 5 – Particule no 6 - (feat Thom Yorke vocals)
Bryce Dessner: Haven
Thom Yorke: Don't Fear the Light
Thom Yorke: Gawpers
Thom Yorke: Suspirium
David Chalmin: Distant Places

Thom Yorke (vocals, electronics and modular synthesiser)
Katia & Marielle Labeque (piano)
Bryce Dessner (guitar)
David Chalmin (guitar)

Exclusive first play of Radiohead frontman's classical composition - Don't Fear The Light.

0304Ancient Techniques, Futuristic Sounds20190505In this episode we'll scour the chalk heaths of Buckinghamshire for strange new sounds with Hannah Peel and poet Will Burns. Daniel Wohl defies time and space; merging ancient techniques with futuristic electronic sounds, and we have a music from a very important album for now by Matthew Herbert.

Also in this programme, a Norfolk folk song as you've never heard it before in an interpretation for double bass, brand new music by Plaid, violinist Galya Bisengalieva reaches for her roots and turns her violin into a winged horse of Kazakh mythology, and we find out what happens when an accordion, a celtic harp, marimba, vibraphone and musical saw walk into a village chapel. Elizabeth Alker presents.

Programme:
Stephen O'Malley: Sometimes
Adrian lan: As Sand With Salt
Hania Rani: Esja
James Joys: A Constellation Of Bargained Parts
Koreless: 4d

Elizabeth Alker scours chalk heaths for strange new sounds with Hannah Peel and Will Burns

0305Hushed And Heady20190512Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

As the weekend fades to a whisper Elizabeth Alker has more hushed and soothing sounds to see it out. We'll head to Kentucky where the Appalachian folk and post rock heritage inspires a rootsy and ambient sound in the music of JR Bohannon. There'll beats made by JLin for the Royal Ballet and a spacious and moving tribute to the workers of the pearl river factories in Hong Kong by David Fennessy.

Bjork collaborator Manu Delago takes 7 musicians on a hike in the Alps to capture everything that is breathtakingly beautiful and unforgiving about that landscape, Alex Mills adds reverb and processing to Liam Byrne's Viola da Gamba and Tim Hecker sculpts new sounds out of wood, wind, strings and mist.

We also look back to a blissful and immersive live show from Rakhi Singh and Vessel and find out what happens when Andre de Ridder's Stargaze ensemble teams up with Minneapolis synth pop band Polica.

As the weekend fades to a whisper, Elizabeth Alker has more soothing sounds to see it out.

0306 LASTMusic For The Long Night20190519In this episode we head to the snow covered volcanic plains and characterful theatres and concert halls of Iceland for a look back at this year's Dark Music Days festival. There'll be live performances by the excellent cellist Zoe Martlew of music by Daniel Bjarnasson. A new project called Remains of the Commonwealth sets samples of Greenlandic folk song and prose against an electronic backdrop in quadrophonic spatialisation. Also, the eccentric Lithuanian artist Arma Agharta bring eruptions of chaotic noise and hypnotic psychedelic ritual, dadaist humour and glossolalia. We also hear new music by María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir and Icelandic duo Duplum Duo sing about the perils of modern life.

And away from the festival, we have the exclusive first play of music by Thomas Farnon, a gem from the collaboration between Neil Cowley and Ben Lukas Boysen, brand new Four Tet and a look ahead to a show from the Scottish Ensemble with music by Anna Meredith.

This is the last in the current series of Unclassified although next weekend will feature the repeat of an episode from a previous series.
Unclassified will be back in a new regular, weekly Thursday night slot in the autumn.

Elizabeth Alker winds down the weekend with music from Iceland's Dark Days Music Festival.

0401Night Owls, Curious Minds20191003Unclassified returns in a new regular slot. Elizabeth Alker shares a host of genre-exploding new music for curious and courageous ears, hearts and minds.

Tonight's programme features an exclusive first play of music from the forthcoming album by Mercury Prize-nominated Portico Quartet called 'Memory Streams'; the first chance to hear an alternative version of the Shards track, Unrest, featuring Son Lux drummer, Ian Chang; plus, a new recording of music by Sufjan Stevens which he wrote for a recent ballet called The Decalogue by choreographer Justin Peck.

Unclassified is broadcast every Thursday at 11:30pm on BBC Radio 3.

Elizabeth Alker is back with genre-exploding new music for curious ears, hearts and minds.

Tonight's programme features an exclusive first play of music from the forthcoming album by Mercury Prize-nominated Portico Quartet called 'Memory Streams', plus, the first chance to hear an alternative version of the Shards track, Unrest, featuring Son Lux drummer, Ian Chang.

0402Floating Points2019101020191226 (R3)Electronic musician Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points joins Elizabeth Alker to introduce his new album 'Crush' and to share some gems from his own vinyl collection, including music by Carl Stone, Joe Bonner and Karel Goeyvaerts. Sam talks about getting started in music, how he developed the sound on the new recording, and the soul of the synthesizer.

Elizabeth Alker is joined by Floating Points.

Elizabeth Alker with Floating Points.

0403Unclassified Live2019101720191219 (R3)Elizabeth Alker introduces highlights from Unclassified Live - a new concert series curated by BBC Radio 3 and BBC Concert Orchestra in partnership with the Southbank Centre and Southbank Sinfonia. Featuring music and interviews from artists including Anna Meredith, Darkstar, Daniel Avery, Caroline Shaw, Tim Hecker and Rafiq Bhatia. André de Ridder conducts.

Highlights from Unclassified Live, with music by Anna Meredith, Darkstar and Daniel Avery

Highlights from Unclassified Live, with music by Anna Meredith, Darkstar and Nicole Lizee.

0404Quiet Sounds For Longer Nights20191024Premieres of tracks from the brand new albums by Anna Meredith and Keaton Henson before their release this weekend, as well as the first radio play of a new single by Manchester's elusive Marconi Union. This episode will also bring you music from the first full album by Zonal, which is a collaboration between Justin Broadrick and Kevin Martin (The Bug), plus we'll relive Jamie xx's first headline London show for 2 years and look forward to Olafur Arnald's Southbank takeover.

Elizabeth Alker with premieres of new tracks from Anna Meredith and Keaton Henson.

0405Bbc Introducing Live With Portico Quartet And Flora Yin-wong2019103120191102 (R3)
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Elizabeth Alker at BBC Introducing Live, with Portico Quartet in session.

Elizabeth Alker at BBC Introducing Live, with Portico Quartet in session

0406Ancient Wintery Rituals20191107Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

Elizabeth Alker with a feast of music that defies classification.

Between all the toffee apple induced sugar highs and frightful Halloween dressing up, in this episode, Elizabeth Alker has no tricks and all treats; new soundtrack music by P J Harvey, Canadian electronic producer LNS's remix of field recordings of an ancient Italian dance ritual and freeform ambient experimentation from Burial. She'll also shine the spotlight on new composer Ell Kendall, look back to the Southbank's Deep Minimalism festival with Oliver Coates and head into the woods with viola player and composer Alison Cotton.

0407Berlin - Quiet City2019111420201217 (R3)Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

Tonight, it's all about Berlin. As Radio 3 marks the Centenary of the Weimar Republic and the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Elizabeth Alker focusses on the city's cultural life in 2019. Like lots of cities that experience an extraordinary and significant amount of political, social and industrial change, artists move into the broken and abandoned spaces and tell the colourful and bleak, troubling and triumphant stories in their work.

This episode explores Berlin's contemporary and experimental music scene and some of the many incredible venues, labels and artists in the city. Berlin is famous for its electronic music but that world has influenced and reached out to other areas of music-making in the city and meanwhile, collaboration within and beyond the contemporary music scene is producing some fascinating results. Sebastian Plano, who moved to Berlin from Argentina, tells Elizabeth about his creative life and community in Berlin, we head to the famous brutalist Funkhaus with music by one of its resident artists Nils Frahm and we'll hear the skittishly wayward and wonderful music of Holly Herndon. Also in this episode, the acoustics of Lichte Studios are felt in the ambient guitar of Martyn Heyne and we pay tribute to Berlin's superclub dance floors with Pantha Du Prince.

Elizabeth Alker explores Berlin's music scene.

Tonight, it's all about Berlin. As Radio 3 marks the Centenary of the Weimar Republic and the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Elizabeth Alker focusses on the city's cultural life in 2019. Like lots of cities that experience an extraordinary and significant amount of political, social and industrial change, artists move into the broken and abandoned spaces and tell the colourful and bleak, troubling and triumphant stories in their work.

This episode explores Berlin's contemporary and experimental music scene and some of the many incredible venues, labels and artists in the city. Berlin is famous for its electronic music but that world has influenced and reached out to other areas of music-making in the city and meanwhile, collaboration within and beyond the contemporary music scene is producing some fascinating results. We head to the famous brutalist Funkhaus with music by one of its resident artists Nils Frahm and we'll hear the skittishly wayward and wonderful music of Holly Herndon. Also in this episode, the acoustics of Lichte Studios are felt in the ambient guitar of Martyn Heyne and we pay tribute to Berlin's superclub dance floors with Pantha Du Prince.

0408Bright Lights, Slow Sounds20191121Elizabeth Alker offers a soul-cleansing and peaceful antidote to those early Christmas preparations. There's still plenty of time to get everything done before the big day so we're plodding towards it, and we invite you to slow down and plod with us.

Tonight Elizabeth has ambient Americana from J.R. Bohannon, sublime soundtrack music by Ben Frost and Jean-Michel Blais and the exclusive first play of brand new work by David Holmes. We'll also hear Floating Points' lush Requiem for CS70 and Strings, Robin Richards from the band Dutch Uncles with music inspired by a visit to a Welsh blacksmiths' forge, and the electroacoustic experimentation of Francois Bonnet meets the powerful drone of Stephen O'Malley.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

0409Irmin Schmidt In Huddersfield20191128Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

In this week's episode of Unclassified, Elizabeth Alker takes a trip over the Pennines down the highest and most bleak but beautiful part of the M62 to Huddersfield. Krautrock pioneer, soundtrack and contemporary music composer and founder member of the band Can, Irmin Schmidt brought a special performance to the Huddersfield Contemporary Music festival this month and he spoke to Elizabeth all about his career long commitment to deeper listening, the importance of silence, improvisation and Kanye West. As well as the chat with Irmin this episode will look at some of the other highlights from HCMF.

Elizabeth also has the radio premiere of brand new music by Grammy award winning guitarist with American band The National and classically trained composer and arranger, Bryce Dessner, plus she'll be looking ahead to Daniel Avery's next live dates and she has an exclusive instrumental cut from a new folk opera by Rachel Grimes. We'll also hear Galya Bisengalieva and Rob Ames in a new recording of music by Ed Finnis.

Elizabeth Alker speaks to founder member of Can, Irmin Schmidt, in Huddersfield.

0410Thom Yorke And Edward Norton In New York20191205New York, New York, is where Unclassified is heading this week. As Radio 3 continues its season ‘The Way I See It', celebrating the reopening of MOMA, Elizabeth Alker heads to the Big Apple to investigate New York's contemporary music scene. This episode also features interviews with Thom Yorke and Edward Norton. They discuss the music for Norton's new film Motherless Brooklyn, which is set in 1950s New York. Thom Yorke contributes a new ballad called Daily Battles to the soundtrack.

Elizabeth also speaks to New York Times music writer Giovanni Russonello who gives her some top tips of new acts to see and venues to visit in New York. And this episode has an exclusive first play of new music by Julianna Barwick which is inspired by the sky above Manhattan.

We also hear experimental saxophone music by Lea Bertucci, created using resonances in the Marine A Grain Elevator at Silo City in Buffalo. Daniel Wohl and Caroline Shaw represent New Amsterdam Records and Christopher Tignor takes inspiration from La Monte Young.

Elizabeth Alker presents a New York special plus an interview with Radiohead's Thom Yorke.

0411Music For A Mysterious Midwinter20191212There's frost on the window panes and the skies have turned pale so this week Elizabeth brings a frosty special. Nestle in and hide under your headphones for sounds from the wintry wastes of Newfoundland by Jonas Bonnetta. Elizabeth heads to the freezing Firth of Forth with music by Ben Chatwin and breathes in the chilly salty air of Caernarfon with Robin Richards' brand new choral piece inspired by that town.

The eternal winter on the moon features in the music of Anna Meredith and Belle Chen and we'll sail round the Greenwich Peninsular, feeling nostalgic for the Millennium Dome, with new compositions by Lung Dart.

Elizabeth Alker with music from Anna Meredith, Belle Chen and Jonas Bonnetta.

0414Bbc Introducing Live With Portico Quartet And Flora Yin-wong20200102
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0416Our Experimental Music Future20200116Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification. In this episode Elizabeth looks into her experimental music crystal ball and picks out some of the best festivals, record releases and special shows coming up in 2020. She heads to a park underneath the M4 for the Junction 2 Festival with music by Four Tet; an old brewery in Potsdam, Germany plays host to a weekend of ambient music and a special performance by Polish cellist, singer and composer Resina; and a celebration of Dada and alternative music and art, with resident artist Hayden Thorpe, takes place in the Lake District for the first time. Over in the USA, we preview the Big Ears festival with the spectral electroacoustic sounds of Astrid Sonne and analogue synth artist Caterina Barbieri.

Elizabeth also has music from a brand new soundtrack by one of the giants of the Icelandic music scene, Valgeir Sigurðsson, and an exclusive play of a track from the new record by Rafiq Bhatia who will perform at Unclassified Live in April.

0417Sawbones And A Game Of Chess2020012320200326 (R3)Elizabeth Alker with music by Anna Meredith, Erland Cooper and Julia Holter, plus new pieces by Hinako Omori and an exclusive preview track by Simon Fisher Turner & Edmund de Waal. The punchy beats of Anna Meredith's latest single Sawbones contrast with the delicate sonorities of Erland Cooper's musical picture of a game of chess - a real game of chess, from 1858: he wrote it for BBC Radio 4, but you can hear it here complete for the very first time. Hinako Omori's new album Auraelia is a sonic evocation of her experience of migraines with auras, while composer Simon Fisher Turner creates an extraordinary new soundwork for an installation by author and ceramicist Edmund de Waal.

Elizabeth Alker with music by Anna Meredith, Erland Cooper and Julia Holter.

0418From St Kilda To The Asphalt Lake20200130Elizabeth Alker with music by Mhairi Hall, Eivind Aarset & Jan Bang, and Roger & Brian Eno among tracks from Iceland to Australia, plus detuned pianos from Max de Wardener. There's brand new ambient music by brothers Roger Eno and Brian Eno and by Eivind Aarset & Jan Bang - intriguingly titled Asphalt Lake. Australian composer Henry Reese brings a very personal response to the country's recent bushfires heard through its colonial and environmental history. And there's a huge range of instruments in new tracks from Scotland: Mhairi Hall's piano in her track St Kilda, fiddle and harmonium with Aidan O'Rourke and Kit Downes, and everything from harp to euphonium from Andrew Wasylyk.

Elizabeth Alker with music by Mhairi Hall, Eivind Aarset & Jan Bang, and Roger & Brian Eno among tracks from Iceland to Australia, plus detuned pianos from Max de Wardener. There's brand new ambient music by brothers Roger Eno and Brian Eno and by Eivind Aarset & Jan Bang - intriguingly titled Asphalt Lake. Australian composer Henry Reese brings a very personal response to the country's recent bushfires heard through its colonial and environmental history. And there's a huge range of instruments in new tracks from Scotland: Mhairi Hall's piano in her track St Kilda, fiddle and harmonium with Aidan O'Rourke and Kit Downes, and everything from harp to euphonium from Andrew Wasylyk.

0419Large Oak With Parliament Of Owls20200206Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

Elizabeth Alker with music by Keeley Forsyth, Agnes Obel, Daniel Avery and Caroline Shaw. Plus Edmund Finnis, and an exclusive preview of Jasdeep Singh Degun's new sitar concerto. Elizabeth celebrates Caroline Shaw's Grammy Award and features Daniel Avery's new collaboration with Alessandro Cortini - both Caroline and Daniel will be performing live with the BBC Concert Orchestra at Unclassified Live in April. Plus gloriously windswept vocals from singer songwriter (and actor) Keeley Forsyth's new album Debris, instrumentals to give an insomniac's heart wings from Agnes Obel's forthcoming album Myopia, and the first radio play for a moving track from Jasdeep Singh Degun's brand new sitar concerto with the Orchestra of Opera North - "Veer" is dedicated to Jasdeep's cousin, who took his own life when he was only 25.

0420Oceans And Oscars20200213Elizabeth Alker with music by Olafur Arnalds, Hildur Guðnadóttir and Sufjan Stevens. Plus a Katie Gately exclusive track & music for an Unclassified Valentine's Day by Rafiq Bhatia. Oceans is the title of the ethereal first track from Olafur Arnalds's new collaboration with experimental singer and producer RY X. This week fellow Icelander Hildur Guðnadóttir made history as the first woman to win the Oscar for Best Original Score with a dramatic composition. Plus the exclusive first play of a track from Katie Gately's powerful new album Loom, dedicated to her mother who passed away in 2018 from a rare form of cancer. And as we pass midnight into Valentine's Day, Rafiq Bhatia is In a Sentimental Mood - but like you've never heard it before.

Elizabeth Alker with music by Olafur Arnalds, Hildur Gu\u00f0nad\u00f3ttir and Sufjan Stevens.

0421Eyes Closed And Travelling20200220Elizabeth Alker with music by Daniel Elms, Shida Shahabi and Richard Fearless. Plus new tracks from Mattia Vlad Morleo and Sunda Arc. Elizabeth announces the line-up for this year's Hidden Notes festival in Stroud and there's music from the marshlands of the Norfolk-Suffolk border taken from a recent collaboration between composer/performers Laura Cannell and Polly Wright. Plus ambient sounds recorded in a metal box on the banks of the river Lea from Death in Vegas founder Richard Fearless, and music exploring the post-industrial coastal towns and people of North East England by Daniel Elms.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

0422Mythical Deer And Electronic Sounds20200227Tonight Elizabeth Alker has exclusive music from Rival Consoles written for a new dance piece, plus more music for dance in the form of Bernhard Schimpelsberger's haunting score for a ballet based on an old Swedish tale. There's also a new release from Darkstar, music from Glasgow via Finland, China, Japan and Australia. And Elizabeth has some exciting Unclassified announcements about a forthcoming Unclassified Live, plus a special collaboration with the BBC Philharmonic at the Sounds from the Other City festival in Salford.

Elizabeth Alker with an exclusive from Rival Consoles and the latest release from Darkstar

0423Mind-altering Sounds For International Women's Day2020030520200611 (R3)Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

Ahead of this year's International Women's Day, Elizabeth Alker shares music by some of her favourite female artists writing new and original, genre bending work. Featuring tracks by Aisha Devi, Cristina Spinei, Hinako Omori, Holly Herndon and Daisy Moon, plus brand new music from Isobel Waller-Bridge and an absorbing journey through folk, electronica and goth-pop with the elusive Chrysanthemum Bear.

Elizabeth Alker with music by Aisha Devi, Hinako Omori, Holly Herndon and Daisy Moon.

0424Shimmering Out Of The Darkness20200312Elizabeth Alker with music by Ben Lukas Boysen, Julia Kent, Four Tet and Christine Ott. As the clock strikes twelve, the first play of brand new music from Four Tet's new album, Sixteen Oceans, plus more exclusives with music for ondes Martenot by French artist Christine Ott and a track from the Portuguese composer Afonso Ferreira AKA Farwarmth. And there's music created using the sounds of the endangered mouse-eared Indiana bat, as recorded by Stuart Hyatt and composed by Kelly Moran.

Elizabeth Alker with tracks from Ben Lukas Boysen, Julia Kent, Four Tet and Christine Ott.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

0425Shifting Sounds And Seismic Rumbles20200319Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

Elizabeth Alker with music by Julia Holter, Max Cooper and Nils Frahm.

0426Strong And Calm2020040220200716 (R3)Elizabeth Alker with brand new music by Marisa Anderson, MJ Cole, Nightports & Nils Frahm.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

Elizabeth Alker with new music by Marisa Anderson, MJ Cole, Nightports and Nils Frahm.

0427A Place To Rest And Revive2020040920200917 (R3)Elizabeth Alker with music by Anna Phoebe, Henrik Lindstrand and Olafur Arnalds.

Elizabeth Alker with music by Anna Phoebe, Henrik Lindstrand and Olafur Arnalds.

0428Discover Introspection20200416It's time to switch off all other devices and join our late night listening party. This week Elizabeth has an exclusive preview of a track from the new album by Radiohead's Ed O'Brien. With his voice like Sheffield chocolate, Jarvis Cocker will bring a bedtime story, and Keiran Brunt brings us the first play of Inside I'll Sing, a remote recording by his Isolation Choir and Shards. We'll also hear one of the strangest love songs by Mica Levi, the sound of electronic notes plucked out of thin air as we pay tribute to the Ondes Martenot, and an off-beat heart from Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. Plus, new music from Matmos' Daniel Drew, Nicolas Jaar and Atli Ovarsson.

Featuring music from Radiohead's Ed O'Brien and a bedtime story from Jarvis Cocker.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

0429Music To See Us Through20200423Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

Elizabeth Alker with music by Darkstar, Childish Gambino and Hania Rani.

This week Elizabeth Alker plays an eclectic mix of beautiful music for these times. We hear new music from Darkstar, Hania Rani and Agnes Obel. Brothers Nick and Jordan Smart take us to the Indian Ocean with their new project Sunda Arc, IyatraQuartet combine Indian Raga with Cuban and Brazilian rhythm and western classical styles, and there's a collaboration with composer Luke Howard and vocal group Shards. Plus we have another bedtime story from Jarvis Cocker, and spacious, cosmic music from Childish Gambino's new album.

0430Ed O'brien's Earth20200430Ed O'Brien from Radiohead talks to Elizabeth Alker about his first solo album Earth.
0431Sonic Escape20200507Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification including Mogwai and Olafur Arnalds.

Also listed as Escape Isolation

AKA Escape Isolation

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification including Mogwai and Olafur Arnalds, plus an exclusive preview of Dan Michaelson's forthcoming album Colourfield. Also, brand-new tracks from Sandrayati Fay, Aisha Orazbayeva and Ian Chang, and music created in quarantine by Max De Lucia's Lockdown Experiment project - featuring the all-star line-up of Manu Delago, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Guy Sigsworth, Alex Baranowski and Carlos Nino - and by Ross Downes in collaboration with Keeley Forsyth and James Johnston.

0432Dreaming Of Elsewhere20200514Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification, featuring Qasim Naqvi and Chikiss.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification, including an exclusive preview of the forthcoming album by composer and Dawn of Midi drummer Qasim Naqvi. Brand-new releases from Icelandic pianist Gabriel Olaf, Revolutionary Army for the Infant Jesus, Gogo Penguin and Mark Waldron-Hyden, plus a track by Russian singer and musician Galina Ozeran AKA Chikiss, exploring the more muted and shadowy side of electronic music.

Unclassified is a late night listening party, a place for curious ears to congregate, disconnect from all other devices and get lost in some soothing, serene and strange new sounds. It's a home for composers whose work cannot easily be categorised, artists who are as comfortable in a grimy basement venue as they are in a prestigious concert hall.

0433Journey Into The Dark20200521Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification, including an exclusive extract of a new work to accompany dawn by composer James Bulley, performed by musicians in isolation in various locations across the country. There's music by experimental composer R Elizabeth AKA Rachael Finney, Icelandic artist Gyda Valtysdottir and Olafur Arnalds in the hands of vocal group VOCES8. Plus brand new tracks from Kit Downes and Nico Muhly, and a collaboration between experimental musician Jonas Bonnetta and virtuoso violinist Edwin Huizinga, written and recorded in Big Sur, California, inspired by the surf, the dawn chorus and the poetry of Robinson Jeffers.

Unclassified is a late night listening party, a place for curious ears to congregate, disconnect from all other devices and get lost in some soothing, serene and strange new sounds. It's a home for composers whose work cannot easily be categorised, artists who are as comfortable in a grimy basement venue as they are in a prestigious concert hall.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

0434Music For Restoration20200528Elizabeth Alker with new music from Belle Chen, Owen Pallett and Julianna Barwick

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification. This week there's brand new music from Julianna Barwick, Owen Pallett and James Blake. We also have an exclusive composition from Belle Chen written in quarantine, and there's updates on exciting musical initiatives taking place during these unusual times including a remix project from Grimes, and an opportunity for artists and composers from the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Unclassified is a late night listening party, a place for curious ears to congregate, disconnect from all other devices and get lost in some soothing, serene and strange new sounds. It's a home for composers whose work cannot easily be categorised, artists who are as comfortable in a grimy basement venue as they are in a prestigious concert hall.

0435Celebrating Black Music20200604Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

Elizabeth Alker celebrates black artists and composers whose music defies classification.

Elizabeth Alker celebrates black artists and composers whose music cannot easily be categorised, including tracks by Childish Gambino AKA Donald Glover, Afrodeutsche, Dean Blunt, Lady Vendredi, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and sound artist and DJ Ain Bailey.

Unclassified is a late-night listening party, a place for curious ears to congregate, disconnect from all other devices and get lost in some soothing, serene and strange new sounds. It's a home for composers whose work cannot easily be categorised, artists who are as comfortable in a grimy basement venue as they are in a prestigious concert hall.

0436Darkstar20200618Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification. Featuring brand new tracks and exclusive first plays plus music created by artists in quarantine.

In this episode, Elizabeth talks to genre-hopping sonic explorers and creators of electronic Northern Noir, Darkstar. The band introduce the radio premieres of brand new tracks from their fourth album 'Civic Jams' and discuss the themes and sounds on the record.

Darkstar are Aiden Walley and James Young. Their first album 'North' came out in 2010 and their unique brand of electronica has since seen them build a loyal and dedicated fan base, inspire a younger generation of electronic musicians and become increasingly popular amongst other experimental and trailblazing artists. Darkstar performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Southbank for Radio 3's Unclassified Live in September 2019, they have worked on live dance performances with choreographer Holly Blakey and scored the Palme d'Or nominated short film ‘Dreamlands'. They have also worked with organist James McVinnie and the London Contemporary Orchestra for performances at the Organ Reframed festival and the PRS New Music Biennial.

Unclassified is a late-night listening party, a place for curious ears to congregate, disconnect from all other devices and get lost in some soothing, serene and strange new sounds. It's a home for composers whose work cannot easily be categorised, artists who are as comfortable in a grimy basement venue as they are in a prestigious concert hall.

0437Bbc Introducing Special2020062520200924 (R3)Elizabeth Alker with brand new music that defies classification by BBC Introducing artists

Elizabeth Alker with brand new music that defies classification by BBC Introducing artists.

Tonight Unclassified teams up with BBC Music Introducing for an hour of music by brand new, emerging artists who are making work that is genre defying, experimental and exploring new sonic realms. The BBC Introducing network aims to provide a platform for and promote new music through national and local radio, festivals and special live events. Radio 3's Unclassified programme is also committed to supporting new talent in the worlds of ambient, neoclassical, contemporary and experimental electronica. So this programme brings you the best of our findings with tracks from the likes of Lincolnshire-based minimal composer and great nephew of Sibelius Peter Conner with Gypsy Jazz enthusiast Andy Aitchison, Hebden Bridge studio explorer and experimenter Sullivan Johns, Falmouth alternative piano player Mac Dunlop and Norwich modernist Bill Vine. We also highlight artists supported previously by BBC Introducing and Unclassified who now have international careers such as Simeon Walker.

Tonight, Unclassified teams up with BBC Music Introducing for an hour of music by brand new, emerging artists who are making work that is genre-defying, experimental and exploring new sonic realms.

So this programme brings you the best of our findings with tracks from the likes of Lincolnshire-based minimal composer and great nephew of Sibelius Peter Conner with Gypsy Jazz enthusiast Andy Aitchison, Hebden Bridge studio explorer and experimenter Sullivan Johns, Falmouth alternative piano player Mac Dunlop and Norwich modernist Bill Vine. We also highlight artists supported previously by BBC Introducing and Unclassified who now have international careers such as Simeon Walker.

043820200702Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification. Featuring brand new tracks, exclusive first plays and music created by artists in quarantine.

Unclassified is a late-night listening party, a place for curious ears to congregate, disconnect from all other devices and get lost in some soothing, serene and strange new sounds. It's a home for composers whose work cannot easily be categorised, artists who are as comfortable in a grimy basement venue as they are in a prestigious concert hall.

0439Max Richter's Voices20200709Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

Elizabeth Alker talks to Max Richter about his new work 'Voices' and features an exclusive preview of material from the forthcoming album.

Unclassified is a late night listening party, a place for curious ears to congregate, disconnect from all other devices and get lost in some soothing, serene and strange new sounds. It's a home for composers whose work cannot easily be categorised, artists who are as comfortable in a grimy basement venue as they are in a prestigious concert hall.

Elizabeth Alker with an exclusive preview of tracks from Max Richter's new album Voices.

0501Contains Strong Language20201001In collaboration with the BBC's spoken word festival 'Contains Strong Language', Elizabeth Alker features music inspired by poetry and talks to writer Helen Mort about her musical collaborations and how she uses landscape in her work. Composer and musician Sophie Cooper creates a brand new piece for Unclassified in response to Helen Mort's poem 'Struck', plus we have new music from Celtic harp player Maeve Gilchrist and tracks from Olafur Arnalds, Erland Cooper and Hayden Thorpe.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

05022020100820210107 (R3)Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification, including the latest releases and exclusive previews.

Unclassified is a late night listening party, a place for curious ears to congregate, disconnect from all other devices and get lost in some soothing, serene and strange new sounds. It's a home for composers whose work cannot easily be categorised, artists who are as comfortable in a grimy basement venue as they are in a prestigious concert hall.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

0503Soundscapes, Cold Winds And Renewal20201015Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification, including the latest releases and exclusive previews.

Unclassified is a late night listening party, a place for curious ears to congregate, disconnect from all other devices and get lost in some soothing, serene and strange new sounds. It's a home for composers whose work cannot easily be categorised, artists who are as comfortable in a grimy basement venue as they are in a prestigious concert hall.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification, including the latest releases and exclusive previews. Tonight, the first broadcast of brand new music by Rochdale electronic music duo, Autechre and more new releases from Max Cooper, Observation Point and Hinako Omori remixing Jim Wallis. Plus tracks by Manchester based sound artist Hayley Suviste, broadside ballad singer Jennifer Reid and Canadian composer and pianist Joseph Shabason's take on music by Eric Satie.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification, featuring Hinako Omori and Autechre

0504Sounds For Time Outdoors20201022Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification, including the latest releases and exclusive previews. This week Shinichi Atobe brings the hazy blue light and translucent qualities of the Kanto Plane in Japan, music by Dengue Dengue Dengue is infused with ancient Peruvian healing remedies and Son Lux blend classical electronica and post rock influences. Elsewhere we have the first play of Daniel O'Sullivan's unique take on library music and film soundtrack music by Harold Budd.

Unclassified is a late-night listening party, a place for curious ears to congregate, disconnect from all other devices and get lost in some soothing, serene and strange new sounds. It's a home for composers whose work cannot easily be categorised, artists who are as comfortable in a grimy basement venue as they are in a prestigious concert hall.

Elizabeth Alker with frost-tinged and chestnut-coloured sounds.

0505Music For Moonlit Nights20201029Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification, including the latest releases and exclusive previews.

Unclassified is a late-night listening party, a place for curious ears to congregate, disconnect from all other devices and get lost in some soothing, serene and strange new sounds. It's a home for composers whose work cannot easily be categorised, artists who are as comfortable in a grimy basement venue as they are in a prestigious concert hall.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification, including the latest releases and exclusive previews. This week, brand new music from Polish pianist and composer Hania Rani reworking a jazz-tinged electronica track, Mogwai with the first release from their forthcoming album, and New York based cellist and composer Mariel Roberts with her debut album as a solo artist. Plus, an exclusive preview of a new work by Angèle David-Guillou, written for saxophones and strings.

Unclassified is a late night listening party, a place for curious ears to congregate, disconnect from all other devices and get lost in some soothing, serene and strange new sounds. It's a home for composers whose work cannot easily be categorised, artists who are as comfortable in a grimy basement venue as they are in a prestigious concert hall.

0506Hayden Thorpe In Session2020110520210318 (R3)Elizabeth Alker with a specially recorded studio session from former Wild Beasts singer Hayden Thorpe at the piano. Plus the latest releases and exclusive previews.

Unclassified is a late-night listening party, a place for curious ears to congregate, disconnect from all other devices and get lost in some soothing, serene and strange new sounds. It's a home for composers whose work cannot easily be categorised, artists who are as comfortable in a grimy basement venue as they are in a prestigious concert hall.

Elizabeth Alker with a specially recorded studio session from Hayden Thorpe.

Elizabeth Alker with a specially recorded studio session from former Wild Beasts singer Hayden Thorpe at the piano, performing music inspired by the Lake District from his new EP Aerial Songs. We celebrate emerging artists in the fields of sound and music with news of this year's Oram Award winners, plus, brand new tracks from composer Donna McKevitt, The Hamrahlid Choir and Olafur Arnalds.

0507A Playlist For Solitude20201112Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification, including the latest releases and exclusive previews. This week mixes steady beats for unhurried contemplative walks with trippy effects to soundtrack moments of heightened consciousness, featuring brand new tracks from Bell Orchestre, Echo Collective and Oram award winner NikNak. Dive deep into the waters of Sophia Loizou and Cold Copy as remixed by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, and soar aloft with Kara-Lis Coverdale and Dauwd.

Unclassified is a late night listening party, a place for curious ears to congregate, disconnect from all other devices and get lost in some soothing, serene and strange new sounds. It's a home for composers whose work cannot easily be categorised, artists who are as comfortable in a grimy basement venue as they are in a prestigious concert hall.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

0508William Basinski In Conversation2020111920210211 (R3)Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification, including the latest releases and exclusive previews.

Unclassified is a late-night listening party, a place for curious ears to congregate, disconnect from all other devices and get lost in some soothing, serene and strange new sounds. It's a home for composers whose work cannot easily be categorised, artists who are as comfortable in a grimy basement venue as they are in a prestigious concert hall.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification, including the latest releases and exclusive previews. This week, Elizabeth talks to American ambient composer William Basinski about his new album 'Lamentations', which draws on the archive of tape loops he's been collecting since 1979. There's also new music from Moscow-based musician Maria Teriaeva and a collaboration between the band Loma and Brian Eno. Plus, a track from one of this year's Oram Awards winners, Una Lee.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification, including the latest releases and exclusive previews. This week, Elizabeth talks to American ambient composer William Basinski about his new album 'Lamentations', which draws on the archive of tape loops he's been collecting since 1979. There's also new music from Moscow-based musician Maria Teriaeva and a collaboration between the band Loma and Brian Eno. Plus, a track from one of this year's Oram Awards winners, Una Lee.

0509The Colour Of Darkness20201126Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification, including the latest releases and exclusive previews.

Unclassified is a late night listening party, a place for curious ears to congregate, disconnect from all other devices and get lost in some soothing, serene and strange new sounds. It's a home for composers whose work cannot easily be categorised, artists who are as comfortable in a grimy basement venue as they are in a prestigious concert hall.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification, including the latest releases and exclusive previews. This week Elizabeth explores strange night-time lights and colours in brand new music by Carly Paradis, Gazelle Twin, Max Cooper and Son Lux. Gasp at Fireworks From The Tower through the saxophone of Samuel Sharp, sigh and cry with Four Tet, Joy Orbison and Scratcha DVA. Plus music by 2020 Oram Award winner Poulomi Desai.

051020201203Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification, including the latest releases and exclusive previews.

Unclassified is a late-night listening party, a place for curious ears to congregate, disconnect from all other devices and get lost in some soothing, serene and strange new sounds. It's a home for composers whose work cannot easily be categorised, artists who are as comfortable in a grimy basement venue as they are in a prestigious concert hall.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

0511Ambient Tones And Wintry Drones20201210Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification, including the latest releases and exclusive previews.

Unclassified is a late night listening party, a place for curious ears to congregate, disconnect from all other devices and get lost in some soothing, serene and strange new sounds. It's a home for composers whose work cannot easily be categorised, artists who are as comfortable in a grimy basement venue as they are in a prestigious concert hall.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification, including an exclusive first play of new music by American composer Caroline Shaw. There are also brand new tracks from Poppy Ackroyd featuring Hang player Manu Delango, Nightports inspired by a 14th century temple, water-themed music from Sophie Hutchings, and Kenyan artist Joseph Kamaru aka KMRU. Plus music from one of this year's Oram Awards winners, Vicky Clarke.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification, including Caroline Shaw and KMRU.

0512An Unclassified Christmas20201224Elizabeth Alker with serene, soothing, seasonal and strange sounds for Christmas. There's brand new music from Erland Cooper, writing for choir for the first time, a classic Mogwai festive number, Anna Meredith's musical response to Vivaldi's Winter, and a piece for Christmas day from Aidan O'Rourke's 365 project. Plus tracks by Kelly Lee Owens, Jon Hopkins, Zoe Keating and Matthew Herbert.

Unclassified is a late-night listening party, a place for curious ears to congregate, disconnect from all other devices and get lost in some new sounds. It's a home for composers whose work cannot easily be categorised, artists who are as comfortable in a grimy basement venue as they are in a prestigious concert hall.

Elizabeth Alker with serene, soothing, seasonal and strange sounds for Christmas. There's brand new music from Erland Cooper, writing for choir for the first time, a classic Mogwai festive number, Anna Meredith's musical response to Vivaldi's Winter, and a piece for Christmas day from Aidan O'Rourke's 365 project. Plus tracks by Kelly Lee Owens, Jon Hopkins, Zoe Keating and Matthew Herbert.

Elizabeth Alker with serene, soothing and strange sounds for the night before Christmas.

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0514Light In The Pouring Rain20210121Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification, including the latest releases and exclusive previews. Featuring new tracks from Neil Cowley, Clarice Jensen and Mandel, the new collaboration between Emily Hall and Misha Law.

Unclassified is a late-night listening party, a place for curious ears to congregate, disconnect from all other devices and get lost in some soothing, serene and strange new sounds. It's a home for composers whose work cannot easily be categorised, artists who are as comfortable in a grimy basement venue as they are in a prestigious concert hall.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification. Featuring Puce Mary and Alex Somers

0515Light And Shade20210128Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.
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0519Escaping The City20210225This week Elizabeth Alker plays new music from Mogwai, and we have the sounds of escaping cities for more tranquil surroundings courtesy of Johnn Johannsson, Vikingur Olafsson and Less Bells. Plus some classic jazz ambience from Pharaoh Sanders, Chicago footwork from RP Boo, and Beethoven reimagined by Christian Loffler.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification.

0520Alternative St David's Day20210304To celebrate St David's Day and the beginning of spring, Unclassified heads to the welsh hills for a deep dive into the more alternative aspects of Welsh culture. We stop off at a virtual rave with music by Kelly Lee Owens, we discover the stranger sounds of the valleys in the sublime voices of 9Bach and Cate le Bon and we'll hear the twinkling, magical sound of ancient Welsh folklore as interpreted through the blissful modern harp music of Georgia Ruth, plus lots more besides.

Elizabeth Alker with alternative Welsh music from Kelly Lee Owens, 9Bach and Cate le Bon.

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0523Unclassified Sounds Of Spring20210325Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification. Tonight there's brand new music from Floating Points with saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony Orchestra. We look forward to Piano Day with tracks by Poppy Ackroyd, Nils Frahm and Belle Chen, plus more brand new music releases from Laura Cannell and Kate Ellis, KMRU, Robert Ames and Bryce Dessner.

Elizabeth Alker with music that defies classification, including brand new Floating Points

0524Julia Holter's Listening Chair20210401Bringing us to a state of deep listening, Julia Holter takes a seat in the Unclassified Listening Chair to share the music which moves her. Julia's own music explores atmosphere, minimalism and the power of her voice in songs that emit a hazy warmth.

Also in the show, Elizabeth selects a track from Laurie Anderson's classic album Big Science which gets its first reissue in 30 years on red vinyl. The 1982 debut album produced the unlikely pop hit O Superman that launched Anderson into the public eye. Plus, the first radio play of a remix of GoGo Penguin's track Totem by the British electronic artist James Holden.

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A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3

Bringing us to a state of deep listening, Julia Holter shares the music that moves her.

0525Music For Doing Things20210408The intention behind Israeli musician Kutiman's new album is to create ‘music for doing things'. Using a bed of piano arpeggios, mysterious synth flutes and soothing siren sounds Kutiman's ambient atmospherics will focus your attention on what needs to be done. Plus, Elizabeth shares a special demo version of a song from Owen Pallett's recent LP Island and there's music from the versatile American artist Rhiannon Giddens, who crosses opera, country and bluegrass in her own inimitable style.

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A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3

Music intended to focus your attention and a special demo from Owen Pallett.

0526Kele Okereke In The Listening Chair20210415Electronic artist Kele Okereke settles into the Listening Chair to share a piece of transportive music that has accompanied him on many a long-haul flight during his tenure as Bloc Party frontman. His pick comes from Glenn Branca's Symphony No. 6 – a whirlpool of drones and dread that holds its listener rapt. There's also music from Kele's new solo release, a collection of hypnagogic soundscapes assembled from looped guitars.

Elsewhere, things get peculiar with new music from Osaka's Kentaro Hayashi, who channels the forgotten dancefloors of the UK bass scene on his latest album, and the ambient, psychedelic jazz of Budapest's Laurine Frost.

Produced by Frank Palmer
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3

Electronic artist Kele Okereke sinks into the Listening Chair with a transportive song.

Elizabeth invites electronic artist Kele Okereke to settle into the Listening Chair. His pick is a piece of transportive music that has accompanied him on many a long-haul flight during his tenure as Bloc Party frontman: Glenn Branca's Symphony No. 6 – a whirlpool of drones and dread that holds its listener rapt. There's also music from Kele's new solo release, a collection of hypnagogic soundscapes assembled from looped guitars.

Elizabeth invites Kele Okereke to pick a transportative piece of music.

0527We Meet Again20210422As spring settles in, and worlds tentatively open up, we celebrate the spirit of collaboration with musical meeting-points and unlikely sonic conversations.

Ulrich Schauss's shimmering synthesiser finds a natural companion in Jonas Munk's soaring guitar, plus fragments of a pleasant bickering between Laura Cannell's overbowed violin and Kate Ellis's rumbling cello – as we hear music from the latest instalment of their ambitious collaborative journal of the year 2021.

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A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3

Musical meeting points and sonic conversations from a world poised to open.

0528A Flavour Of April20210429Elizabeth jam-packs the show with the most flavoursome new music from the last month. Featuring dreamy lo-fi sounds that represent the fleeting transition from adolescence to adulthood from Romanos; music inspired by the colour and motion of water by Ehua; sonorous solo piano from Matthew Bourne's new album Desinances and epic sounds that linger in the air from the Swedish composer Erik Levander.

Produced by Rebecca Gaskell
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3

0529Jon Hopkins's Listening Chair20210506Elizabeth invites the electronic artist and producer Jon Hopkins to settle into the Listening Chair, and select a piece of music that transports him far away. Jon Hopkins frequents the fertile ground that lies between dance music and contemporary composition – but his newest release, Piano Versions, finds him at his most meditative and stripped back, scratching away at the layers of formerly expansive electronic pieces until just the stark bones of a song remain. His choice for the Listening Chair is a drifting, contemplative moment from Dan Deacon, who is perhaps better known for his explosive electro-pop songs.

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A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3

Elizabeth asks Jon Hopkins for a track that transports him far away.

0530African And Ambient20210513Elizabeth hears new music from Kenya's KMRU, the prolific producer and sound designer whose glistening electronic compositions, full of intimate field recordings, offer a warped window into the sound and texture of his two homes: Nairobi and Berlin. From there, we delve into the rich history of African influence on western ambient recordings – from Steve Reich's fascination with Ghanaian drumming to the felt connection between techno and tribal traditions.

Produced by Frank Palmer
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3

Elizabeth traces the lines from African traditions to contemporary ambient music.

0531Tunnels And Clearings At The End Of Time20210520Elizabeth Alker journeys to the outer realms of ambient music and the spaces in-between. There's hypnotising harp from Colleen's new album, Tunnels and Clearings, and the deep, dark drone work of Keiji Haino in collaboration with Jim O'Rourke and Oren Ambarchi. Elsewhere Elizabeth revisits The Caretaker's magnum opus, Everywhere at the End of Time – a haunted house of half-remembered big band motifs, degraded and reassembled in one of the most striking ambient releases of the past decade.

Produced by Frank Palmer
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3

Elizabeth Alker journeys to the outer realms of ambient music.