Delire Actuel's Top 20 albums of 2004
- Hello friends,
So, the year's end is upon us and the time has come to release my top 20 for
the year. I know some of you find this exercise pointless, but my radio
listeners request it.
2004 was a generous year. 599 albums have been considered. Of those, 70 made
the long list. Of those 70, 20 have selected and put in relative order,
ranks 1 through 20, although these are highly arbitrary. On the other hand,
I feel strongly about the albums that made the first ten and the second ten,
and I do believe these are the best (that came to my ears) that 2004 had to
offer. After lengthy deliberations with myself, I opted to focus solely on
One inclusion may surprise a few people. I have given the top seed to
Magma's new CD. Even though some people may not consider it as being
"avant-garde" -- but, damn it, it IS the CD I have listened to the most this
year (and it came out only two months ago) and I just couldn't leave it
The first 12 to 14 positions will be part of a special Delire Actuel
presentation on CFLX 95.5 FM in the first week of January.
Delire Actuel is broadcasted on CFLX 95.5 FM (Sherbrooke, Quebec) every
Tuesday from 9 to 11 pm (Eastern Time) and produced by Francois Couture. The
show is devoted to all forms of creative, new, experimental, avant-garde
(insert your favorite term here; mine is "demanding") music. It has been on
the air since May 1996.
And the winners are...
1. Magma / K.A (Kohntarkosz Anteria) (Seventh)
2. John Shiurba / Adobe (Spool)
3. Nathan Hubbard / Skeleton Key Orchestra (Circumvention)
4. Natsuki Tamura / Ko Ko Ko Ke (NatSat)
5. Ernesto Rodrigues & al. / Cesura (Creative Sources)
6. Jaap Blonk & al. / Five Men Singing (Victo)
7. Faust & Dälek / Derbe, alder respect (Staubgold)
8. Joel Ryan / Or Air (Psi)
9. Tim Brady / Playing Guitar (Ambiances Magnétiques)
10. The Phonographers¹ Union / Live at Sonarchy Radio (Accretions)
11. Gail Brand & Morgan Guberman / Ballgames & Crazy (Emanem)
12. Ahvak / Ahvak (Cuneiform)
13. Daniel Heïkalo: Musique pour guitare... (Heïkalo Sound Productions)
14. Martin Archer / Heritage & Ringtones (Discus)
15. Philip Jeck & Janek Schaefer / Songs for Europe (Asphodel)
16. John Butcher & Gino Robair / New Oakland Burr (Rastacan)
17. +minus (Bernhard Günter, Graham Halliwell & Mark Wastell) / First
Meeting (Trente Oiseaux)
18. Evelyn Petrova / Year¹s Cycle (Leo Records)
19. Norbert Möslang / lat_nc (For 4 Ears)
20. Brian Woodbury / Variety Orchestra (ReR Megacorp)
thanks for your time and sorry for any crosspostings,
Rédacteur, journaliste (All-Music Guide), traducteur, réviseur.
Réalisateur de Délire Actuel et Délire Musical, CFLX.
Writer, journalist (All-Music Guide), translator, proofreader.
Producer of Delire Actuel and Delire Musical, CFLX.
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