We like to bring you an eclectic selection of tracks on Dezeen Music Project, but we don't often receive classical pieces. So we were delighted when American pianist Roger Strassner sent us this haunting piano composition called Dusk.
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American musician Brian Lewis Smith has made his latest track I Could See You As A Mayan available exclusively to Dezeen Music Project. Right now, this is the only place you'll be able to hear it.
I Could See You As A Mayan is a gentle, lo-fi instrumental with delicate keyboard melodies and bass-lines that emerge from the warm crackle of tape fuzz. "It was the first time that I used a cassette tape recorder extensively," Smith told Dezeen Music Project. "The idea was to amplify all of the little crunch and hiss sounds that come from using older gear in order to create a bed of texture that the tune can lay upon."
This production technique provides the perfect platform for Smith, whose background is in jazz music, to demonstrate his musicianship. Melodic phrases weave intricately in and out of earshot throughout the track, with subtle variations and flourishes that only reveal themselves after repeat listens.
It's Friday so we thought it was about time for some more house music on Dezeen Music Project. This track by Manchester-based producer Sun Yin has got a nice deep bass and some lovely lush synths that come in as the track progresses.
Check out some of the other house tracks we've featured on Dezeen Music Project here.
Hungarian DJ and producer Fine Cut Bodies has given us all a late Christmas present by making this little-known collaboration with Brighton-based musician Fink available for free download. Route is a mellow trip-hop track which, although composed over eight years ago, still sounds fresh in 2013.
Download it here while you can.
You can listen to other tracks by Fine Cut Bodies that we've featured on Dezeen Music Project here.
The music featured on the final three movies from our Dezeen Live series of talks, including today's talk with Clemens Weisshaar, is from world music record label EarthSync. Sunset in Akkarai is one of EarthSync's more traditional tracks, which features haunting vocals and the distinctive tone of the sitar.
Here's another track by American designer and musician Glen Lib, whose music is featured on our latest Dezeen Live movies. Like all Lib's tracks, Micro Melody is fun, funky and full of quirky synth sounds.
This catchy, upbeat track by designer and musician Glen Lib provides the soundtrack for today's Dezeen Live movie featuring east London designer Philippe Malouin.
Mostly Always Right is the track featured on today's movie about Philips' Lumiblade OLED technology, which is by a Newport-based producer called 800xL. 800xL describes the track as "ambi-sci-fi-future-funk", and who are we to disagree?
The first three movies from our Dezeen Live series of talks filmed at 100% Design will feature tracks by east London band Strong Asian Mothers, so we thought it was time to put some more of their tracks up on Dezeen Music Project.
This track is called Position To Fly and is full of catchy vocal hooks, big beats and even bigger bass-lines. Watch out for the tasty horn section that comes in towards the end of the track too.
We're ending the week on Dezeen Music Project with this lush electronica track by Glasgow artist Atomic League. Die For Your Love builds up to a gentle crescendo with catchy melodies and syncopated drum rhythms layered over the big, pulsating synth at the track's heart.
This experimental electronica track by Newport producer 800xL is an unusual concoction of trippy sounds and rhythms that, in lesser hands, could easily have become an incoherent mess. In fact, 800xL manages to hold it all down with a wonderfully slow, deliberate and chilled-out bass that's worth listening to on a good pair of headphones to fully appreciate.
This smooth dance track is the latest single from Los Angeles DJ and producer Krusht, which features his signature combination of dreamy vocal samples, hazy synths and danceable beats.
Check out other tracks by Krusht that we've featured on Dezeen Music Project here.
This disco-infused dance track by French producer Aimedeuxhaine is another release by online label Curious Absurdities. Brimming with soulful melodies and funky bass-lines, L'Eau Tonne has been skilfully put together. The track seems even more impressive when you consider that Aimedeuxhaine is just 17 years old.
L'Eau Tonne is taken from an eight track EP called Somed, which you can download for free here.
This lush, downtempo electronica track is by a UK artist based in Stoke-on-Trent called Oathless. The track is taken from an EP of the same name released by online label Curious Absurdities in October. You can listen to the full EP for free here.
We started the week off with a piece of jazz-infused score music by Florian Riedl, so we thought we'd continue the vibe with today's track by Brian Lewis Smith. So It Goes is a far more experimental piece, however, fusing shimmering electronic sounds with traditional jazz instruments and tones.
It's not often that we get sent a piece of score music on Dezeen Music Project, so we were delighted when saxophonist and composer Florian Riedl shared this piece that was written for a German documentary called Russian Girls. Soothing and melodic, it's a lovely track to start the week with.
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