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Night Owls, Curious Minds

Unclassified returns and a host of genre-exploding new music for curious and courageous ears, hearts and minds.

Unclassified 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.

1 hour

Last on

Thu 3 Oct 2019 23:30

Music Played

  • Aïsha Devi

    I'm Not Always Where My Body Is

    • S.L.F..
    • Houndstooth.
  • Carolina Eyck


    • Elegies for Theremin & Voice.
    • Butterscotch Records.
  • Shards & Ian Chang

    Unrest (alternative version)

    • Erased Tapes.
  • Jonny Greenwood

    Water (extract)

    Performer: Daniel Pioro. Performer: Katherine Tinker. Performer: Jonny Greenwood.
    • Octatonic Records.
  • Floating Points

    Last Bloom

    • Crush.
    • Ninja Tune.
  • Sufjan Stevens

    The Decalogue (part 4)

    Performer: Timo Andres.
  • Aphex Twin

    MT1 t29r2

    • Collapse.
    • Warp Records.
    • WAP423-MC.
  • Eliza McCarthy

    Curved Form (No. 4)

    • Alex Groves.
  • Portico Quartet

    With, Beside, Against

    • Memory Streams.
    • Gondwana Records.
  • Anna Meredith


    • FIBS.
    • Moshi Moshi Records.
  • Erland Cooper

    Tide II

    • Seachange.
    • Phases Records.


  • Thu 3 Oct 2019 23:30

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