Music is Music: Floating Points
From a young age, Sam Shepherd has rejected the idea of neat, tidy musical categories. He studied classical piano growing up, but felt confined by what he calls the "dots on a page." It wasn't until he heard a performer really making a classical piece his own, breaking out of strictly classical feel, that he was hooked. That was Michaelangeli performing a Brahms Ballade in d minor.
Now, Shepherd writes music under the alias "Floating Points." Influences of classical, jazz, electronica, pop, and world music all blend to create a sound that doesn't fit squarely into any one style.
This podcast features a piece titled "Peroration Six," which Shepherd describes as careening towards and then falling into a black hole.
To find out more about the music of "Floating Points," check out the website.
If you like "Peroration Six," take a look at this mesmerizing visualization paired with that piece, posted on Floating Points' YouTube channel:
Music is Music is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.