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Nick Luscombe with Ben Ratliff's Mixtape

Author Ben Ratliff with a mixtape of songs that transmit an idea of the room itself. Featured tracks include Grouper and Grupo de Samba de Parelha da Mussuca.

Author and critic Ben Ratliff delivers the latest Late Junction Mixtape, curating thirty minutes of carefully chosen music.

In his writing, Ratliff is a master of exploring and explaining the listening experience, and opening our ears to unexpected connections and ways of hearing. Tonight he asks us to consider those songs that transmit a distinct idea of the recording room itself, through interesting microphone placement, or resonant spaces, or unexpected interruptions. Expect to hear tracks from Grouper and Grupo de Samba de Parelha da Mussuca.

Between 1996 and 2016 Ben Ratliff wrote about jazz and pop music for The New York Times. He currently teaches cultural criticism at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and has four books under his belt: "The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music"; "Coltrane: The Story of a Sound"; "Jazz: A Critic's Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings"; and "Every Song Ever".

Produced by Jack Howson for Reduced Listening.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Thu 9 Aug 2018 23:00

Music Played

  • Neutral Milk Hotel

    Two Headed Boy Part Two

    • In The Aeroplane Over The Sea.
    • Merge Records.
  • Trondheim Voices & Asle Karstad

    Ritual #3

    • Rooms & Rituals.
    • Grappa.
  • Natureboy Flako

    Nebulous Garden

    • Theme For A Dream.
    • Five Easy Pieces.
  • Salvatore Sciarrino

    6 Caprices For Violin Solo: N1 & N2 Andante

    Performer: Aisha Orazbayeva.
    • Outside.
    • Nonclassical.
  • Ben Ratliff's Late Junction Mixtape

    • Henry Threadgill

      And More Dirt - Part IV

      • Dirt​.​.​. And More Dirt.
      • Pi Recordings.
    • Maki Asakawa

      Yuki Ga Furu

      • Maki Asakawa.
      • Honest Jon's Records.
    • John Coltrane

      Blues to You

      • Coltrane Plays The Blues.
      • Atlantic.
    • Grouper

      Birthday Song

      • Grid Of Points.
      • kranky.
    • Grupo De Samba De Parelha Da Mussuca

      Eu Me Casei

      • Música Do Brasil.
      • Abril Music.
    • György Ligeti

      Sonata for viola solo: Lamento

      Performer: Kim Kashkashian.
      • György Kurtág, György Ligeti: Music for Viola.
      • ECM.
    • Mar Seck


      • Vagabonde.
      • Teranga Beat.
    • Tommy Duncan

      Dusty Skies

  • Langham Research Centre

    Terminal Voltage Traces

    • Musicity.
  • Ben Chatwin

    Black Castle

    • Staccato Signals.
    • Village Green.
  • Bart van Dongen & Richard van Kruysdijk


    • One Two Three Four Five.
    • Opa Loka Records.
  • Get the Blessing

    Not With Standing

    • Bristopia.
    • Kartel Music Group.
  • Claudio F Baroni

    In CirCles II (Mov. I)

    Ensemble: Ensemble Modelo62.
    • Motum.
    • Unsounds.


  • Thu 9 Aug 2018 23:00

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