December 14, 2013
Gradus: for Fux, Tesla and Milo the Wrestler
Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle
Imagine your quest is to learn our solar system and everything in it one particle at a time. The number of particles, or in this case of combinations of the 88 keys of the piano, is the quantity expressed in base 2 by a sequence of 88 ones. A very large quantity indeed. It is so large, in fact, that this piece, this quest, in its entirety, can't be heard. It is, as an entirety, or even as a significant enough portion to grasp as a portion, completely and essentially inaudible - as absolute a silence as can be imagined.
December 17, 2013
Banned Rehearsal 53 - Keith Eisenbrey, Anna K, Neal Meyer - October 1985
We start with some rhythm modules that ease into sudden songs: Under the Stars, and Can't Play th'Trumpet. But by the end, between Neal's blown-out speaker (dubbed 'the speaker of the house') and craziness with the microphones, the session sounds like the machinery of civilization recording itself being chewed to pieces by a planet sized troll.
Banned Rehearsal 781 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Neal Meyer - October 2010
25 years later, subtle shifts of flora map a forest floor.
December 19, 2013
Keyboard Sonata (Divertimento) in D Hob.XVI:4 - Haydn - Christine Schornsheim
I was put in mind of J.K. Randall's bias against "Perfunctory Propulsion". These phrases don't interleave in graceful subversion of meter (like Bach), or balance in delightful conversation (like Mozart). They whip like pennants in a stiff breeze. Until suddenly they don't and they are fountains frozen solid. Until suddenly they are filigree or crickets or calculus.
Children's Choir Christmas Pageant - Bellevue First United Methodist Church 1965
I was six, so I must have been in one of these choirs.
In Session at the Tintinabulary November 25, 2013Banned Rehearsal 849 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy, Aaron Keyt, Neal Meyer