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  1. Troika #1: ‘Music for Stars’

    The first edition of Troika is about classical ambient music that’s all connected by Adam Wiltzie from Stars of the Lid. We start with ‘Homemade Mountains’ by Christina Vantzou (who Wiltzie worked with on ‘The Dead Texan’ project), then ‘Don’t bother they’re here’ by Stars of the Lid, and finish with ‘Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears’ by A Winged Victory for the Sullen (Wiltzies’ current collaboration with composer Dustin O’Halloran).

    Stars of the Lid were named after the lightshow you see with your eyes closed, so lie back, pop your headphones on, and without any further interruption from me, lets see where the music takes us!…

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  2. Troika #2 - (not so) Guilty Pleasures

    I heard an interview with Jarvis Cocker (he of PULP fame) where he was asked about ‘guilty pleasures’. His response was ‘there’s no such thing as a guilty pleasure. If it’s music, and you like it, why feel guilty about it?”. Quite right - there’s too much music snobbery. Somehow there’s this rule that certain types of music are to be embarrassed about.

    With that in mind, I want to present three songs on a similar ‘power ballad/rawk’ arena that all come from the 80s/ early 90s. They’re not the kind that get repeated ad-infinitum on commercial radio though.

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  3. Troika #3: Music for Cycling

    Episode three is all about music used in Rapha Cycling videos. See http://www.hicksdesign.co.uk/journal/troika-3-music-for-cycling for more information

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  4. Troika #4: Light Music

    So welcome to Troika Episode 4! This one is all about a genre called ‘Light Music’, a form of orchestral music that was at its height in the 1950s and 60s. These were shorter, lighter, more whimsical pieces of music, often used in the soundtracks of films and Pathe News reels.

    Show notes: http://hicksdesign.co.uk/journal/troika-4-light-music

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  5. Troika #5: New Gaze

    Back in the mid-90’s the British Music Press had decided that Shoegaze music was finished, and that if you weren’t Britpop or Grunge you deserved to be mocked. Bands like Slowdive disbanded and explored other genres, but it had left enough quality work to inspire the next generation of bands, nastily called ‘Nu gaze’.

    Show notes: http://hicksdesign.co.uk/journal/troika-5-new-gaze

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  6. Troika #6: ‘My Turn to be Poorly’

    The theme for this Troika is a little more esoteric than normal - it’s comedians, singing parody songs, in the style of other artists. Weird Al Yankovic has made a whole career out of this, but these are maybe slightly less well known.

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  7. Troika #7: Donuts

    This one is for J Dilla

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  8. Troika #8: Mission Control

    This episode of Troika is a collection of music that uses NASA samples. The first track is "Space Walk" by Lemon Jelly, which samples Ed White’s reaction to the first ever space walk on the Gemini 4 mission in 1965. Then we have "V1 | 130" by Geremia Vinattieri, released as part of the Space Songs EP from Bad Panda records. The final track, called simply ’Go’, comes from Public Service Broadcasting’s second brilliant album ‘Race for Space’ uses samples of the hubbub of Mission Control.

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  9. Troika #9 - For Mum

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  10. Troika#10 - For Leigh

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