This music accompanied a dream I had the other night in which I was wandering a big, old, wooden-floored, high-ceilinged house. I made my way up the stairs to the second floor and was intrigued by a large open loft to the third floor, where colored light was filtering down through what appeared to by cloudy sheet plastic. The only way up, as far as I could tell, was by climbing a rather flimsy set of horizontally-laid door frames which were suspended by string or monofilament or thin wire. I could see the artist up there, strolling around in and out of the installation. She was beautiful, and her hair was blowing gently, along with the sheets. She noticed me and said, “come on up, it’s okay.” So I sat on the first door frame and got to my feet, and then the next, around the room like just a hint of stairs. When I arrived at the top, she took my hand and showed me around the installation, smiling. I was very happy.
As with every year, I listened to a lot of music in 2014. And, as with every year, it was a good year for my ears.
Here are my 25 Most-Listened-To Albums of 2014. Now, remember that these are not (necessarily) albums that came out in 2014– in fact, I think Elizabeth’s Shepherd’s The Signal is the only album in this list that was released in 2014. No, this is simply a list (according to my obsessive Last.fm scrobbling) of the albums from which I listened to at least one track — the most.
An experiment with Ableton Live, Isotope Iris (the main layers of bells/chime samples– wow!), Applied Acoustic Systems’ Chromaphone (really malleable physical-modeling synth), and Live’s built-in toy piano samples.