Saturday, February 15, 2014


February 9, 2014
The Loft - Keith Eisenbrey, Anna K, Neal Meyer, and the kids and staff of The Loft - December 1985
In 1985 Anna was working at a residence for middle-school age boys suffering various social displacements, and she arranged for us to visit with our two sturdy microphones, a tape player, and a selection of noise makers. We gave a brief spiel, handed out the goods, and let'r rip. And rip it certainly did. Banging, pounding, shrieking, yelling, singing - all manner of adolescent unleashment. I was so excited by the whole experience that when I got home I wrote a rather giddy letter about it to Ben Boretz, which was eventually published in News of Music (Fall 1985 Spring 1986). Among the details I had forgotten was, oddly enough, a full-throated beer-hall-exuberant rendition of O Holy Night.
Maple Leaf - 2013
Banned Rehearsal 783 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Adrien Kosaly-Meyer, Neal Meyer - December 2010
An aurally rich holding pattern: drums, rolling tinies, clarinet, Wurlitzer, guitar. Assertions and fallings back. Sounds are chosen, but not chosen as to each other, their as-to-each-other is discovered, attempted, ventured on the fly. A delicate place finds the end.
Banned Sectional 19  KEE NWM - Keith Eisenbrey, Neal Meyer - December 1985
Recorded (I believe) in Neal & Anna's apartment on Brooklyn Avenue. Small percussion and an electro-hum that varies. Rhythm: one strand steady-ish, in regions; the other more varied; though each will stop for times. I spoke a text from my Intermezzo V - later Neal singsongs a text like looking at the water :: tiled acoustics :: making song bubbles. The funkiness of the recording quality is a predominant qualifier of the received sound, rendering what we actually do (the lost sound of the actual live session itself) unimportant except in so far as it changes the sound the recording mechanism is making of it. Neal: "I'm gonna go lookin' / somewhere else than here / can't find my nose / can't find my head / ain't gonna need them / when I'm dead / so I'm gonna go lookin' / somewhere else than here"
Chemical Clock - Ray Larsen, Cameron Sharif, Mark Hunter, Evan Woodle
vidgame synth quick progjazz angular tunes: what sticks is the texture of the melody, rather than it's specific pitch-contour.
February 10, 2014
Banned Telepath 5 Berkeley - Aaron Keyt - December 1985
pencil drumming on microphone
all space is squished up close
weight and elasticity in your face
now fingers-slap wrist drumming
immediate surmise of mechanism of production
shifting position and placement of objects
where in relation to the microphone
is the impact zone
turns the page - studying? suddenly clearly off-hand
about face
a voice! "Hi" whispered
pitched sound rubber band?
a shoving across a surface :: weight and texture
set on a machinery (a heater?) whirring like a fan with an overlay of flying saucer hum
layered with finger drumming (for context)
lasts long enough to find the limn between the prosaic and the mysterious
as though it were a ship's engine in midocean from belowdecks churning us who knows where
water sounds intrude through the image of a distant hull or:
a sound in four layers: deep steady hum, low but higher thrumming, surface rattle, and a far distant helicopteric flange
a sneeze and a furniture bump
the machine is turned off
"good night."
February 11, 2014
Duopoly - Bruce Hamilton and friends
Each track is insular, enclosed, tight to the ear, roiling in place, moving only slightly. Shifting body weight counts as major transformation - or a static camera captures a corner of a storm-shaken bough. Atmosphere is the message. Explicit. A sound is itself and never an implication.
In Session at the Tintinabulary
February 10, 2014
Figure Study 8 140210 - Keith Eisenbrey, piano
Neal couldn't make it for Gradus, but the piano needed playing anyway.
March 7, 2014 - 8 PM
Seattle Composers Salon
Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle
I will be performing Aaron Keyt's Sonata (2012) for solo piano.
April 12, 2014 - 8 PM 
A Cat's Life Returns Again - a recital by Keith Eisenbrey, piano, with special guest Olivia Sterne, narrator
Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle
Attitude - Doug Palmer
Greek Nickel 2 - J. K. Randall
Sonata (2012) - Aaron Keyt
A Cat's Life, a little opera for solo piano (1990) - Keith Eisenbrey
June 27, 2014 - 8 PM
Banned Rehearsal Celebrates 30 Years of Noise
Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle

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