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This is the third track from multi-instrumentalist Derek Mount’s Brique a Braq project that has made it onto a Music to Playlist. The first two tracks: Raplapla and Le 4 Novembre were both featured on the Music to Love Piano list and if you dig this piece, I highly recommend you check them out.

What I like about Derek’s compositions is that they’re not boring - in fact they’re quite the opposite: structure is often unpredictable, thematic development veers off into unexpected directions and the intricacy of execution requires significant chops.

There’s this idea that background music needs to be dull and predictable, that you can throw a few loops together and just repeat an 8 or 16 bar section for ten minutes and you’re done. But this doesn’t really do the job when you’re creating something. Yes the music acts as a barrier environment and yes - maybe dull bland background music is better than nothing, but when the composer manages to create a dynamic environment for you to work in - guess what - that dynamism can be catching!

I’ve had this on repeat this morning while handling email and dealing with admin stuff - it’s funny how without fail - every time the track gets two minutes in - my typing starts to pick up and the ideas flow more freely to the screen.

You should take it out for a spin…

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About the Curator: Andrew McCluskey

Andrew McCluskey - Musicto Curator

The first visual memory I have is that of the white upright piano in Singapore, Hell and the dark forces lived at the bottom, Heaven and the Angels at the top. They would play battles through my fingers and I was hooked.

Although I've always played, I haven't always been a musician.  Most of my twenties were spent working with people, buying and selling and learning how the world works.  It was in my thirties that I came to America and focused on music and began to develop music2work2.