Feb 1 2015

Instru Mental

By David Byrne

Song Artist Purchase
Carlotta's Galop (from 8 /12) Petra Haden
Donna Lee Cory Henry Amazon
Don't Marry Mermaids (They'll Always Miss the Sea) Mamarazzi Amazon
Pamyu Pamyu Revolution Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Amazon
Telstar The Tornados Amazon
Walk, Don't Run! (2004 digital remaster) Johnny Smith Amazon
What Is This Thing Called Love? Ferrante & Teicher Amazon
Indian Love Call (from the musical production "Rose-Marie") Chet Atkins and his Guitar Pickers Amazon
Saudade De Limoeiro Jacaré Discogs
Satan's Doll (Remastered) Chet Atkins Amazon
Bling Blong Noah Wall Amazon
Walk, Don't Run (2000 Buddha remaster) Chet Atkins Amazon
Chopstick Cha Cha Ferrante & Teicher Amazon
Spottie Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Discogs
Stranger on the Shore Acker Bilk Amazon
The Duck and The Butcher Tyondai Braxton Amazon
Indagine su un Cittadino al di Sopra di Ogni Sospetto Calibro 35 Amazon
Mosquito Path Jun Miyake Amazon
Unfurling Tyondai Braxton Amazon
Here Come the Warm Jets (2004 Remastered version) Brian Eno Amazon
Dead Strings Tyondai Braxton Amazon
Lover Ferrante & Teicher Amazon
Concerto pour la Porte du Soleil Emmanuel Brun Amazon
Angie Bert Jansch Amazon
Sous les étoiles Emmanuel Brun Amazon
First Snowfall The Coctails Amazon
Satin Sheets Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Amazon
The Ride of the Valkyries Chicha Libre Amazon
L'Appuntamento [feat. Roberto Dell'Era] Calbiro 35 Amazon
Mama Yo Quero Ferrante & Teicher Amazon
Walk, Don't Run '64 The Ventures Amazon
Kule Kule (Orchestral version) Jherek Bischoff Amazon
Closed Source Noah Wall Amazon
Outro (Explicit) Calle 13 Amazon

Here is my current playlist of interesting, short instrumental pieces. Some are novelty tunes (many of which were hits!) and some are simply wonderful and strange—always accessible, inviting and engaging.

When I was growing up, the duo Ferrante & Teicher were synonymous with boring MOR dual piano novelties and light classical performances on network TV, like the tunes featured on this record:

Album cover of Ferrante & Teicher's LP
Ferrante & Teicher's 1967 album Our Golden Favorites


Here they do the Exodus theme on TV with a billowing Mylar curtain behind them:


Little did I know that before this they were quite a bit more radical—imagine if John Cage decided to write and record some novelty tunes and maybe a space-themed album, like this one:

Album cover of Ferrante & Teicher's LP
Ferrante & Teicher's 1956 album Soundproof


Besides those guys (the beatniks who cashed in) there are some lovely musical saw instrumentals by Emmanuel Brun, and, of course, a bunch more contemporary instrumental tunes, as well.

Words aren’t always necessary or even desirable.

DB
New York City

Album cover of Emmanuel Brun's LP
Emmanuel Brun's 1975 album La Scie Musicale

Feb 1 2015

Instru Mental

By David Byrne

Song Artist Purchase
Carlotta's Galop (from 8 /12) Petra Haden
Donna Lee Cory Henry Amazon
Don't Marry Mermaids (They'll Always Miss the Sea) Mamarazzi Amazon
Pamyu Pamyu Revolution Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Amazon
Telstar The Tornados Amazon
Walk, Don't Run! (2004 digital remaster) Johnny Smith Amazon
What Is This Thing Called Love? Ferrante & Teicher Amazon
Indian Love Call (from the musical production "Rose-Marie") Chet Atkins and his Guitar Pickers Amazon
Saudade De Limoeiro Jacaré Discogs
Satan's Doll (Remastered) Chet Atkins Amazon
Bling Blong Noah Wall Amazon
Walk, Don't Run (2000 Buddha remaster) Chet Atkins Amazon
Chopstick Cha Cha Ferrante & Teicher Amazon
Spottie Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Discogs
Stranger on the Shore Acker Bilk Amazon
The Duck and The Butcher Tyondai Braxton Amazon
Indagine su un Cittadino al di Sopra di Ogni Sospetto Calibro 35 Amazon
Mosquito Path Jun Miyake Amazon
Unfurling Tyondai Braxton Amazon
Here Come the Warm Jets (2004 Remastered version) Brian Eno Amazon
Dead Strings Tyondai Braxton Amazon
Lover Ferrante & Teicher Amazon
Concerto pour la Porte du Soleil Emmanuel Brun Amazon
Angie Bert Jansch Amazon
Sous les étoiles Emmanuel Brun Amazon
First Snowfall The Coctails Amazon
Satin Sheets Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Amazon
The Ride of the Valkyries Chicha Libre Amazon
L'Appuntamento [feat. Roberto Dell'Era] Calbiro 35 Amazon
Mama Yo Quero Ferrante & Teicher Amazon
Walk, Don't Run '64 The Ventures Amazon
Kule Kule (Orchestral version) Jherek Bischoff Amazon
Closed Source Noah Wall Amazon
Outro (Explicit) Calle 13 Amazon

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