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Ellen Arkbro’s mixtape

Max Reinhardt with a mixtape by Swedish musician, composer and sound artist Ellen Arkbro.

Max Reinhardt presents a mixtape from Swedish musician, composer and sound artist Ellen Arkbro.

In her own words, the music that Arkbro makes is “very slow”, combining both acoustic traditional instruments and algorithmic sound synthesis to create new sonic textures.

Arkbro has been musically active since early childhood, singing in choirs every day as a youth. While studying at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, she started working more with synthesizers, exploring spatiality and psycho-acoustics.

In 2017, Arkbro released her LP “for organ and brass”, which she wrote specifically for the Sherer-Orgel organ in St. Stephen’s Church in Germany. That same year, she presented a work at the Stockholm Music Hall that lasted 26 days.

Her upcoming release “Chords” will involve organ, guitar and synthesis and explore textural and spatial qualities of harmonic sound.

Her mixtape features music that has inspired and shaped her as an artist, embodying the timeless and complex simplicity that she aims for in her own work, from Robert Wyatt and Arthur Russell to traditional Laotian field recordings and French Baroque harpsichords.

Produced by Katie Callin.
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3.

26 days left to listen

1 hour

Music Played

  • Angelina Yershova


    • CosmoTengri.
    • Twin Paradox.
  • Ellen Arkbro

    CHORDS for organ

    • CHORDS.
    • Subtext recordings.
  • AGF


  • Rita Marlowe

    Why Be Angry Sweetheart

    • Music Is The Most Beautiful Language In The World – Yiddisher Jazz In London’s E.
    • JWM Records ‎.
  • Charlotte Dada

    Don't Let Me Down

    • Ha Po Zamani.
    • Decca.
  • Ellen Arkbro

    Mountain of Air

    • For organ and brass.
    • Subtext Recordings.
  • Robert Wyatt

    Stay Tuned

    • Comicopera.
    • Domino.
  • Cecil Taylor

    T (Beautiful Young'n)

    • Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly!.
    • MPS Records.
  • General Magic


    • Frantz!.
    • Mego.
  • Wayne Shorter Quartet


    • Without A Net.
    • Blue Note ‎.
  • Oren Ambarchi

    Hubris (Part 1)

    • Hubris.
    • EDITIONS Mego.
  • Arthur Russell

    "Instrumentals" Volume 2 Part III

    • Instrumentals.
    • Audika.
  • Juana Molina

    Un Dia

    • Un Día.
    • Domino.
  • Thao Phet Sananikhone

    Sut Sa Men, Ma It Thiet Lo Hat & And Tit Sut Noi

    • Laos - Traditional Music Of The South.
    • Auvidis.
  • Mark Fell

    Multistability 4

    • Multistability.
    • Raster-Noton.
  • François Couperin

    Musete de Choisi - Musete de Taverni

    Ensemble: Les Voix humaines.
    • Folies.
    • ATMA Classique.
  • Bill Evans Trio

    Peace Piece

    • Everybody Digs Bill Evans.
    • Riverside Records.


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