July 6th, 2012 | Published in Blog
“The Anonymous Zone is a new idea; a place where music can be listened to and appreciated for what it really is, not because of who made it. Improvisation and contemporary classical music are as riddled with star systems as any other form of music, and inevitably, in spite of our best intentions, our reaction to a piece of music is partly determined by our knowledge of who is playing or has composed it. So we give more time and attention to pieces by our favourite musicians, and – conversely – we’re inclined to quickly pass over music by people we either don’t know or assume we don’t much like.
The Anonymous Zone challenges these preconceptions by presenting music without telling you who it’s by. All the pieces in The Zone are relatively short, and will be streamed here for a period of six months. After that the identities of the musicians behind the pieces will be revealed, so that – if you liked a particular piece – you can then check out other music by them. After being on The Zone, the pieces will go into a growing archive from which they can be downloaded.”