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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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UK producer Russ Young delivers a debut of electroacoustic composition on the ever experimental Audiobulb Records. Mutating and blending field recordings, the sound artist creates intangible sonic structures rich in associations.

For the title track, Young imagined different listening points on a pond and transformed this concept into an expressive soundscape: frogs croak, insects buzz in and out, and the piano holds together the water-like ambient structure. 

Invisible and intangible air around us is actually similar to the sea, which always varies. And sound is the voice of air, and the impression of the space where it have been heard. The new album by Giulio Aldinucci called ‘Aer’ focuses on the ability of different sounds to communicate and become music.

The limited-edition CD comprises seven ductile atmospheric soundscapes produced from complimentary field recordings and software and analogue hardware generated ambient.

A wonderful EP of three finely crafted pieces of ambient minimalism. The title is a clever combination of the Japanese ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ and the Finnish ‘tuhansien järvien ja metsien maa’ and signifies the collaboration of Japanese artist Hidekazu Imashige and Finnish musician Sami Bro. An unusual, sometimes quirky, but deeply satisfying work.

Headphones highly recommended.

A short audiovisual meditation on a day in Southern California’s Joshoua Tree National Park for the WAVE project.

The music is taken from the EP ‘千の森湖に、日出づる’ by Augustus Bro & Gallery Six, and you will find it on the Free Music Archive.

Even if you’re not a fan of classical music, you have heard of Frédéric Chopin: His music has appeared in countless movies, TV shows and commercials, even video games. But it’s almost certain you haven’t heard the Polish composer performed the way Chad Lawson plays him.

A pianist with a strong background in jazz, Lawson presents ten Chopin works on his aptly named new album, 'The Chopin Variations'. It’s not just the way he arranges the music that makes these recordings different. There’s an intimate, otherworldly feeling that comes from the way they were recorded.

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Fantastic ‘housey’ electronica remix of Nils Frahm’s ‘Si’ from his ‘Screws’ album.

Nils will announce the winners of the 'Screws reworked' project this fall.

Perfect music and video for the start of autumn: the flowing melody of ‘Autumn Waltz’ melts into the pictures of video artist Alan Kepski. Amazing work.

Anoice is a Tokyo based neo-classical/post-rock music group formed in 2004 by multi instrumentalists; Takahiro Kido, Yuki Murata, Utaka Fujiwara, Takahiro Matsue, and Tadashi Yoshikawa. 

It’s Monday again. The first Monday of this newborn autumn. So, why not close the door, go back to bed again, and switch off that phone?

Oh, you can’t? Then why not doing that in theory with this fine blend of neo-classical, ambient, and electronic music featuring excellent artists such as Alva Noto, Deaf Center, Julia Kent, and Field Rotation. This is not the typical selection you might expect, but a highly original, rather dark and moody mix.

Have a good Monday, everyone.

'I Did That Tomorrow' is the debut album of Tess Said So, the creative partnership of pianist Rasa Daukus and percussionist Will Larsen. It is an exciting release blurring the lines that define musical genre.

Adopting a pop sensibility to a classical format, Rasa and Will write and perform all their own material. Although most easily described as contemporary classical, their music is infused with pop, jazz, technology and electronica. Their sound explores the sonorities of piano and percussion, and employs a strong metric drive, beats, loops, clarity, motion and atmosphere.