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ThingsThatMatter is a love woven tumblelog on everything new music and inspiration for clean ears and open minds. And vice versa.

You'll find lots of pearls from the world of neo-classical music—think Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, etc. But I also like to peek into other styles that are closely related like ambient, electronica, jazz, and experimental. And I share insights, photos and news I come across while hunting for new music.

So, mind your head, use some good headphones, and simply enjoy.

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Fantastic cover of Peter Gabriel’s groundbreaking soundtrack to 'The Last Temptation of Christ', a movie which taught me more about the sacrifice of the man Jesus than any biblical text itself.

The cover art for the album, ‘Drawing Study for Self Image II’ (1987), is a mixed media composition by the artist Julian Grater.

Poppy Ackroyd performing ‘Seven’ from her album ‘Escapement’.

Poppy Ackroyd is a composer from London, currently based in Brighton. Classically trained on violin and piano, she makes music by manipulating and multi-tracking sounds from just these two instruments.

She is currently on tour throughout Europe, so make sure to check her dates.

I quickly realized that for me this was the future for computers. Computers seen not as ways of crunching huge quantities of data or storing enormous ready-made forests of material, but computers are the way of growing little seeds.
Brian Eno (In Motion Magazine, June 1996)

Njorn is the moniker of John Benoit, a pianist and composer from Orange, Massachusetts. Music for him is a way "to get away from life’s problems, and explore my imagination and emotions through sound."

He writes about his debut album, ‘Nostalgia’: "Each song on this album I created through times where I needed help. For me, these songs were my outlet. I hope you will all enjoy these songs, as I had done making them."

'Nostalgia' has been released under Creative Commons licenses. Feel free to download and share. If you have a few Dollars left, remember to put them in the box along the way.

A Winged Victory For The Sullen live from the Barbican’s prestigious Milton Court Concert Hall.

As part of Boiler Room’s continued foray into the worlds of jazz, experimental, ambient and (neo-)classical, they are are broadcasting A Winged Victory For The Sullen from the Barbican’s prestigious Milton Court Concert Hall tonight, nestled within the Guildhall School of Music.

A Winged Victory For The Sullen, comprising one half of revered drone duo Stars of the Lid, are of the most prominent artists today bending the rules of contemporary classical music: working alongside orchestras to stretch the sound into a new form; heavily textured, swooning and deeply stirring.

Click to be part of the concert.

Update: If you missed the live event, you can still watch the concert on Boiler Room’s website.

If you’re into neo-classical piano-driven music but haven’t come across the name of Jonathan Pearson, here’s your chance to get your update. The Cork-based composer works under the moniker of North Side Drive, and his songs are for piano, strings, and electronics (sometimes).

Jonathan has played a lot of lovely shows throughout Ireland, including supporting one of his idols, Nils Frahm, in Christchurch Cathedral, St Stephen’s Green. The music of North Side Drive can be heard in many short and feature length films, documentaries, and art exhibitions throughout the country.

'Snow // Sea // Sky', his latest release, continues the elements-based theme of his previous two EPs, using piano and electronics. The physical EP comes as a pressed CD, in a handmade, recycled card sleeve and insert, hand stamped and numbered on the back, and limited to 150 copies.

Benjamin Cooper studied composition at the University of Hertfordshire, under minimalist composers Dave Smith and Timothy Blinko. He has an excellent portfolio out there on Bandcamp ranging from solo piano to orchestral works.

His ‘Violin Sonata No.1’ is a set of the most delicate songs for piano and violin. Sheer beauty.

Taken from Dewtone’s third and final ‘Foundations’ net-music compilation which will land October 26th. Stream the first of 14 tracks by Hiroshima’s Hidekazu Imashige aka Gallery Six.