A record label and club night originating in East London. Nonclassical has blazed a trail in the contemporary and indie classical scene for the last 14 years.
Founded by the composer Gabriel Prokofiev, Nonclassical has become a key part of the classical music fabric of the capital. As a label we've released debut albums by several key figures in the contemporary classical word including Tansy Davies and Aisha Orazbayeva. We've also commissioned unique classical remixes from a huge range of backgrounds including Thom Yorke, Tim Exile and Hot Chip.
The tracks in this playlist come from across Nonclassical's collaborations with remixers and electronic composers. Ambient and dark, haunting tones prevail and would suit industrial scenes well.
Tracks include works from:
John Richards aka Dirty Electronics
Aisha Orazbayeva and Peter Zinovieff (founder of EMS Synthesisers)
Tags: Dark, Electronic, Industrial, Drone, Glitch, Haunting
Nonclassical has worked with a wide range of instrumentalists and orchestras. Featured here are Cortical Songs in which an orchestra is controlled by the neurons of a virtual brain.
Also featured is Mathis Nitschke's Kabelsteg a unique work performed live by Cellist Anja Lechner (ECM) which treads the line between the electronic and acoustic worlds beautifully.
Finally Alex Nikiporenko's Modus Triplex preformed by Tre Voice which is a driving and shifting bed that would suit turbulent and emotional scenes.
Tags: Strings, Mournful, Pensive, Dark
Remixes are a key element of the Nonclassical aesthetic. Strictly created from sounds present in the original recording, Nonclassical remixes present a unique interpretation of the recordings in our catalogue.
We've commissioned artists as diverse as Thom Yorke, Hot Chip and Tim Exile to classical and electroacoustic composers including John Richards (Dirty Electronic and Dale Perkins)
Tags: Rhythmic, Driving, Quirky, Underscore, Classical Remix
Nonclassical's remix aesthetic frequently bleeds into our instrumental output. Tracks featured here including the thumping techno of Klavikon, despite the electronic sounds, all of this track is created live performed on a specially prepared piano. Following this is electronic artists Tom Richards' DIY synthesiser work, based on complex
polyrhythms build with great tension and sustains an edge throughout. The final in this set is Fanta created as part of a Suite for Global Junk inspired by sources from across Europe and Africa, perfromed by virtuoso percussionist Joby Burgess.
Tags: Experimental, Builds, Driving, Rhythmic, Mechanical, Musique Concrete
A softer side of the Nonclassical catalogue is presented here. The lush acapella sounds of Anna Meredith's Heal You would suit emotional and romantic or break up scenes. Similarly the gentle yet noir tones of Gabriel Prokofiev's Cold Wooden Window,
recorded on a handpicked Steinway Model D and mastered using vintage tape and tube equipment, would work as an emotional underscore to a range of scenes.
Finally the lush string beds of Cortical Songs completes this short selection.
Tags: Lush, Emotional, Builds, Melancholic, Thoughtful.