The second half of the 20th century saw significant innovation take place in the realm of avant-garde classical composition.
With composers such as John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis taking classical composition into realms that were previously unheard of, the foundations were laid for a tradition of experimental, exploratory and otherwise “difficult” musical forms to develop.
Difficult Listening takes in compositions from the legends of new music alongside works by lesser known composers and artists working in a range of styles that push the very barriers of sound creation and composition.
Including, but not limited to, styles such as modernism, early computer music, spectral music, noise, improvisation, drone and ambient music, Difficult Listening provides an important space for sounds that exist well outside of the realms of musical normality.
You can listen to live sets from the show on their Soundcloud.
Tonight is a very special episode for me and the Difficult Listening team. It’s my opportunity to say thanks and farwell to one of the most idiosyncratic and pioneering artists in experimental electronic music of the last 30 years. Mika Vainio, the Finnish musician and member of the group Pan Sonic, who also released music under the pseudonym Ø, died a few days ago aged 53. He leaves behind an incredible legacy, creating music so of its own space and time, and completely unimitable.