ListN Up is a collection of artist-curated playlists that provide an intimate sonic portrait of latest artists by showcasing the varied and stylistically various music that influences their inventive observe.
Phong Tran is a Brooklyn-based composer, electronicist, and visible artist. His work revolves round feelings and expertise in nonphysical areas. His most up-to-date album, The Laptop Room, is a thanks to digital worlds, video video games, message boards, and the individuals who crammed them within the early 2000s. Tran performs in MEDIAQUEER, a synthesizer and violin duo fashioned in 2018 with Darian Thomas. Tran’s solo work has been launched by way of New Amsterdam Data, individuals | locations | data and slashsound.
Hello, I’m Phong Tran. I’m a composer and visible artist based mostly in Brooklyn, NY. I’m excited to share this playlist with you!
Loads of what I’ve been listening to has been taking part in with the sensation of one thing tremendous acquainted however then doing one thing bizarre or attention-grabbing to it and bringing it right into a body or lens. So listed here are a few of the issues I’ve been coming again to not too long ago. I hope you all get pleasure from!
“Eccojams Vol 1 – A3” by Chuck Individual
Chuck Individual is a pseudonym of Daniel Lopatin (who’s higher often known as Oneohtrix Level By no means). It’s simply this one pattern on a loop for a very long time which then transitions into one other pattern. However it’s that second the place you’re first listening to one thing, and also you go, Wait… I do know this music… what…??? It’s that second of familiarity with the hypnoticness of the loop that has me coming again to this.
“hell .III” by christtt
This performs round with that iconic piano half from Bruce Hornsby’s “The Approach It Is.” To me, the entire samples used on this album are set items to inform a bigger story.
“이보다 좋을 수는 없겠어” by Dying’s Dynamic Shroud
I can’t take heed to DDS with out having one other tab opened to whosampled.com simply to see what they’re pulling from. It took me a superb three or 4 listens earlier than I noticed this was Nina Sky’s “Transfer Ya Physique.”
“Java Clouds” by Clean Banshee
There are layers of nostalgia for this one for me personally. First are the Home windows XP notification sounds from the early 2000s, however I additionally obtained into this album after I first moved to New York again in 2015, so listening to it now has me interested by two necessary time intervals in my life, on the similar time, interacting with one another.
“Being Harsh” by A.G. Prepare dinner (Oklou cowl)
I’m a sucker for a superb cowl or remix. I feel that’s really one thing actually laborious to do nicely — to have the ability to inject your individual persona by way of another person’s work and present respect for the unique on the similar time. Additionally, this music has undoubtedly been on repeat this yr as one other reminder to be nicer to myself.
“The Tragedy of Hikikomori Loveless” by Bakudi Scream
I feel that crucial factor about sampling isn’t essentially the pattern itself, however that whoever is sampling is carrying their influences on their sleeves. Bakudi Scream does precisely that, whereas being completely authentic.
“Child Gunner Brother” by Darian Donovan Thomas, Shelby Blezinger-McKay, Kasey Blezinger, Sō Percussion, and Bergamot Quartet
This recording simply got here out, however this has been considered one of my favourite items by Darian for some time. The textual content from that is a couple of dialog Darian had along with his youthful brother about weapons. It’s childhood enjoyable and nostalgia, however layered on high is that this very unhappy and tragic actuality. This piece is thrilling, enjoyable, and heartbreaking suddenly.
“The Meta Simulacrum Vol. 1” by William Brittelle
This one has much less sampling of audio however undoubtedly extra sampling of video and aesthetics to get at this sort of look right into a bizarre alternate dimension/timeline. This was livestreamed through the peak of pandemic winter, and actually it was among the finest issues to occur from it. I used to be hooked from the ready animation earlier than it even begins.
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