Quarterly Critic’s Choice

The best and most interesting new releases of the previous three months are awarded a place on the Quarterly Critic’s Choice. Evaluation criteria are artistic quality, repertoire value, presentation, and sound quality. From 2014 onward, the Long Lists are stored directly with each Quarterly Critic’s Choice.

Quarterly Critic’s Choice

Electronic and Experimental

»Micro Ambient Music« – Tribute To Ryuichi Sakamoto

David Toop, Otomo Yoshihide, Sachiko M, Alva Noto, Taylor Deupree, Christopher Willits and others. Digital, Micro Ambient Music (direct distribution)

Micro Ambient Music delivers four hours of sound art by musicians from the New York label 12k, which is run by Taylor Dupree. In honour of sound researcher Ryuichi Sakamoto, who passed away in March, the compilation includes works by Otomo Yoshihide, Alva Noto, David Toop, Christopher Willits, Ken Ikeda, Marihiko Hara, Aoki Takamasa and other musicians, some of whom worked with Sakamoto. The compilation is a testament to the world of sound art, ambient and other forms of experimental music and its achievements after the noughties. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Trees For Sakamoto. For the jury: Olaf Maikopf