Saturday, January 22, 2011

Playlist

Recorded

1/15/2011
Patti's Parlour Pieces 9-12 - Ken Benshoof - Keith Eisenbrey
Postlude with Jim Randall in Mind (midi) - Benjamin Boretz

An image of immediate thought - cleared of anything that isn't now. Midi exerts no body-english to the tone production, leaving us frozen cleansed phraseless breathless - a stillness through which we hear the earth spinning beneath our feet.

Blood and Fire Hallelujah test B - Keith Eisenbrey

I had completely forgotten having done this one. Please see my post of 12/4/2010 for the first idea behind this project. I was thinking that if the recorded piano part and the live piano part were too much alike in sound the performance would just end up a kind of mush. So I recorded 10 minutes of accelerating piano chords and then ran the result through a digital distorter - probably one of the guitar amplifiers in Sound Forge. As a stand-alone thing it works spectacularly well in a ham-handed way.

1/16/2011
Suite in b minor BWV 814 - JS Bach - Blandine Verlet
Wenn wir in hochsten Not sein BWV 668a - JS Bach - Michael Chapuis
Polonaise in c-sharp minor op. 26 #1 - Chopin - Peter Katin
Symphony in D (#9) - Mahler - New Philharmonia Orchestra/Klemperer

I love the part in the 3rd movement where the harp run keeps changing the slides on our interior nostalgia show. This performance is engineered to give the listener a podium seat. Too much really, though it isn't either.

1/17/2011
Blame it on the Blues - Victor Military Orchestra

1/18/2011
Lament for Beowulf - Howard Hanson - Seattle SO/Schwarz

Flabby reliance on rhythmic grounds to set off colorless figures, treating the moodcolor as a given invariant rather than as material to be manipulated.

Symphony in C (#4) op. 47 version 1930 - Prokofiev - Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Neemi Jarvi

Juicy concentrate intricate innards

1/20/2011
Viola Quebrada - Villa Lobos - New York Chamber Symphony/Schwarz/Robert Bonfiglio
Symphony in C - Stravinksy - London SO/Colin Davis

Lovely and transparent - as though listening from just the right seat in a very fine space.

Up Jumped the Devil - Wooden Joe Nicholas
Symphony #3 - Paul Creston - Seattle SO/Schwarz

first movement: wiggly stands for active - arrival stands for triumph
second movement: I fared better with this one. I love how it ends spectrally with high violin and low bass ppp
third movement: If A cooperates with B in manner C it will always do so. Gets big and stops.

Live

1/15/2011

Karin Blaine - Live at Egan's Ballard Jam House - Seattle

Disclosure time: Karin is a cousin of mine - we share a set of great grandparents. (McAbee, that's we!)
Just voice and acoustic guitar (a pretty, used looking red Gibson), Karin sang us two sets of folkish arch-pop. She has a supplely worn alto vocal persona that pairs nicely with her fancy but unshowy guitar playing. Altogether quite enjoyable and we had a lovely dinner as well. Thank you for schlepping all the way down to drippy Seattle!

1/21/2/2011

Is That Jazz Festival - Chapel Performance Space at The Good Shepherd Center - Seattle

Empty Cage Quartet - Paul Kikuchi, Kris Tiner, Jason Mears, Ivan Johnson
Sun Ra Tribute Band - Stuart Dempster, William O. Smith, Lynette Westendorf, Greg Campbell, Dan O'Brien, Jim Knodle, Tom Baker, Michael Monhart, Greg Sinibaldi

More disclosure: I volunteer at this event. Karen & I ran the box office.

empty cage quartet

old dudes bar riffing on a grump
transfigure wallowy gruff trip the
grime ecstatic


sun ra tribute band

vehicular
motocross
gocart
low to the road
haulingass

parade float mardi gras

swamp raft

pimped out cadi

silent canoe sneak

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