Monday, January 4, 2010


Gavin Bryars/Philip Jeck/Alter Ego
The Sinking of the Titanic
(Touch, 2007)

Composed decades ago, this live recording of Gavin Bryars’ The Sinking of The Titanic as performed by Bryars along with the chamber ensemble Alter Ego and experimental turntablist Philip Jeck affected me so deeply that I couldn’t imagine leaving it off this list. As a single track extending past one hour, the performance is one of the few of such a length that has demanded consistent, repeated listens from me. I can't help but tear up at its power.