2015 In Review

Year In Review: 2015 Readers' Poll

The votes have been counted and the results are in. Almost fifty of you participated in this readers' poll and it was frankly a lot more than I expected. So first off, a big thank you to every single person who did contribute to these results—I've always been interested in knowing what albums people generally like from this scene. At the same time, it's good to know which albums flew under peoples' radars; I'll be posting a list of 2015 albums that I think were overlooked later this week that were based on these results, among other things.

A big congratulations to the three winners of the raffle—Alec L, Michael C, and Melissa R. I'll be shipping your rewards this weekend. With all that said, scroll down for the top 30 albums of 2015 as voted by you. Artist images are present for albums without high quality album covers available online.





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1. Graham Lambkin/Michael Pisaro - Schwarze Riesenfalter



2. Devin DiSanto/Nick Hoffman - Three Exercises



3. Eric La Casa/Taku Unami - Parazoan Mapping



4. Jeph Jerman/Tim Barnes - Matterings



5. Jürg Frey - String Quartet No. 3 / Unhörbare Zeit

(Edition Wandelweiser Records)


6. Takahiro Kawaguchi/Utah Kawasaki - Amorphous Spores



7. Michael Pisaro - A mist is a collection of points

(New World Records)


8. Kevin Parks/Vanessa Rossetto - Severe Liberties



9. Keith Rowe / John Tilbury ‎– Enough Still Not To Know



10. Jürg Frey - Grizzana and Other Pieces 2009-2014

(Another Timbre)


11. Radu Malfatti - One Man and a Fly



12. Kevin Drumm/Jason Lescalleet - Busman's Holiday



13. Jürg Frey - Circles and Landscapes

(Another Timbre)


14. The Set Ensemble - stopcock

(Consumer Waste)


15. Radu Malfatti - shizuka ni furu ame


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16. Greg Stuart & Ryoko Akama - Kotoba Koukan

(Lengua de Lava)


17. Jim O'Rourke - Simple Songs

(Drag City)


18. André O. Möller with Hans Eberhard Maldfeld ‎– In Memory Of James Tenney

(Edition Wandelweiser Records)


19. Michael Pisaro - Melody, Silence



20. Prurient - Frozen Niagara Falls

(Profound Lore)


21. Eva-Maria Houben - Air – works for flutes and organ

(Edition Wandelweiser Records)


22. Graham Lambkin - Live at Cafe Oto



23. Manfred Werder / Taku Sugimoto - Manfred Werder / Taku Sugimoto


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24. Rutger Zuydervelt - Sneeuwstorm

(Glistening Examples)


25. Taku Sugimoto - Septet



26. John Wiese - Deviate From Balance



27. Species Pluralis - (1):01-04 / (2):05-08 / (3):09-12

(Leaving Records)


28. Helm - Olympic Mess



29. Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee


30. Rie Nakajima - Four Forms

(Consumer Waste)