Kelly Moran The New York-based composer talks prepared pianos, signing to Warp, and new album “Ultraviolet”

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The New York-based composer talks prepared pianos, signing to Warp, and new album “Ultraviolet”

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Thu, 2018-11-01
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The first descriptor that Kelly Moran uses to describe herself in her bio is “composer.” The New York-based artist is also a performer — a pianist whose work fits neatly into that cozy space where contemporary classical and electronic music frequently consort — but on albums like 2016’s The Optimist and 2010’s Microcosms, the music was meticulously created, notated, and, sometimes, deconstructed.

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[Kitty on Fire; 2018]

Styles: bloodied banker-core, digital hardcore
Others: Dreamcrusher, Deli Girls, Kill Alters, Channel 63, Five Star Hotel

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[Palilalia; 2018]

Rating: 4/5

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