Playlist: Steven Hess

Steven Hess is a musician who lives in Chicago. Currently, he is involved in a number of bands, including Cleared, Pan·American, Locrian, On, Haptic, and Ural Umbo. He has collaborated/recorded/performed with the likes of Stefan Németh (Radian), Robert Hampson (Godflesh, Main), Christian Fennesz, David Daniell, Sylvain Chauveau, Christopher McFall, and many others. For more information, please visit

This isn’t necessarily a “Top 10, 15, 20…” list, but a list of records that I always fall back on, or are/have been on permanent rotation at home.

Descriptions are not needed.

[In no particular order]

William Basinski - The Disintegration Loops I-IV (2026), A Red Score In Tile (Three Poplars)
The Necks – Hanging Garden (Fish of Milk)
Arvo Pärt*
Supersilent – 1-3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11 (Runegrammofon)
Painkiller – Execution Ground (Subharmonic)
Fennesz* (Touch/Mego)
Pole – 1-3 (Matador)
Basic Channel/Chain Reaction*
Cluster – Sowiesoso (4 Men With Beards)
Labradford* (Kranky)
Pitch Shifter – Submit (Earache)
Radian – TG11 (Mego), Rec.Extern (Thrill Jockey)
This Heat*
Main – Motion Pool (Beggars Banquet)
Tord Gustavsen Trio – Changing Places (ECM)
Anouar Brahem – Le pas du chat noir (ECM)
GAS – Nah und Fern box (Kompakt)
King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King (EG/Virgin)
Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen, New Skin For The Old Ceremony (Columbia)
Brian Eno*
John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman*
and various 60's, 70’s & 80’s ECM LP’s, which I collect.

* = entire catalog.

Arthur C. Clark -2001: A Space Odyssey (Signet Books)

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