Monday, September 12, 2011

Composers, Critics, Labels, And Classical Mavens On Spotify Social

One of the biggest problem of Spotify's social function is that you cannot browse the following list of people you follow, so discovering new friends and playlists is not easy. Below is a list of people I follow on Spotify, with their names linked to Spotify profiles. You can browse the list of public playlists they curated and subscribed to.  If you want to recommend others or yourself, please leave a comment and I'll update the list. Thanks.
Alex Ross, The New Yorker's music critic, latest playlist: an introduction to Mieczyslaw Weinberg. Other links: Twitter, blog.

Ballata, comparative literature student. Some interesting Russian music playlists there. Other links: Twitter.

BridgeRecords, an independent record label based in New Rochelle, New York that specializes in 20th century classical music. They've made playlists for different categories of their catalog. Other links: Twitter, another Twitter, official site.

CantaloupeMusic, created in 2001 by the founders of Bang on a Can. "Our goal is to provide a home for music that slips between the cracks." Other links: Twitter, official site.

CBCarey, Christian Carey, composer, performer, & music theorist. Sequenza 21 Senior Editor Assistant Professor of Music at Rider University. You can discover lots of people through his profile. Other links: Twitter, Sequenza 21.

CollinJRae, senior manager of Naxos of America. Mastermind behind the cool Naxos playlists. Other links: Twitter, blog.

Darajan66, Yan Da, motion graphic and digital media artist, I discovered some Japanese composers through his playlists. Official site.

DeccaRecords, major label, including playlists for Decca Classics. Other links: Twitter, official site.

DGDeccaClassics, major classical label. Other links: Twitter, official site.

DJ_Moderne, Ken Ueno, composer, throat-singing vocalist, UC Berkeley Music Prof. Playlist of his own works. Other links: Twitter, official site.

EmiVirginClassics, major classical label. Other links: Twitter, official site.

Evanboho, Evan Kuchar, composer and writer. Other links: Twitter, official site.

Fin1954, Fin O'Suilleabhain, author of a Stockhausen biography-in-progress, creator of one of the most spectacular playlists: MYSTERIOUS BARRICADES (Fin's chronological keyboard playlist) He will start a Spotify playlist blog soon. Stay tuned. Other link: Twitter.

GuardianMusic, they cover classical music as well. Other links: Twitter, official site.

JasonBoog, editor of Gallery Cat. He curated many playlists based on books or writers, like Haruki Murakami. Other links: Twitter, blog.

Jayuhfree, Jeff Harrington, composer and new technology guru. Playlist of his own music. Other links: Twitter, official site, interview.

Jjohnohara, John O'Hara, aka nolibretto. Blogger of It's Not Opera, which specializes in classical vocal music on Spotify.

Kickassclassical, classical music for starters. Other links: Twitter, official site.

₭ѱ|ǝ∟ѱ©ηιԋ, Kyle Lynch, musicology grad student. Other link: Twitter.

LiverpoolPhil, playlists for their programs and more. Other links: Twitter, official site.

MarcGeelhoed, manager the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's record label, CSO Resound. Playlists including CSO Resound catalog and more. Other links: Twitter, blog.

Modulations, new sounds and cool playlists from the Naxos underground. Other links: Twitter, official site.

Mrmarmite, Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood. His profile is not public. Playlists including: 20th C(entury) Piano. There's also a great fan-made playlist that chronicles all the music in the Radiohead office charts.

NaxosOfficial, everything Naxos, including contents from hundreds of labels they distribute. Other links: Twitter, official site.

ParmaRecordings, independent classical label. Other links: Twitter, official site.

Picap, Catalan label with classical contents. Other links: Twitter, official site.

Radio4NL, classical radio in the Netherlands, playlists including top 400 classical works voted by listeners. Other links: Twitter, official site.

SteveS66, Steve Smith, Time Out New York music editor and New York Times freelance contributor. He wrote the most helpful review on Spotify for classical listeners, also curated many interesting playlists. Other links: Twitter, blog.

Tam.Pollard, A blog dedicated to the arts in Edinburgh and further afield by Tam and Finn Pollard. Through their blog I discovered the BBC Legends on Spotify. Other links: Twitter, blog.

Thad.anderson, Thad Anderson, Percussionist, composer, and technophile. Faculty member at the University of Central Florida. Other links: Twitter, official site.

Timrj, Tim Rutherford-Johnson, legendary blogger on experimental music and modern composition - "the music that no one else dare tell you about." Creator of the legendary playlist: Radio Rambler. Other links: Twitter, blog.

WarnerClassics, major classical label. Other links: Twitter, official site.

WashingtonPost, so far, Anne Midgette, classical music critic of the Post, made a playlist for her article Contemporary classical: a primer. Other links: Twitter (Classical Beat).

And thanks again to all the guest posters, they have many more playlists worth to explore, not just the ones they posted here!

Lastly, you can also follow me on Spotify. If you want to promote your playlists on your site, you can get a widget on this Spotify page.


  1. Thank you so much for this--and also for your right click tip, without which (due to this odd problem of Spotify playlists opening in itunes & not showing), I would not have been able to add you and other folks I'd like to follow to my people list!

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