Saturday, July 5, 2014



June 29, 2014
Hoh Rainforest - Olympic National Park
Tone Roads 1 - Ives - New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein
mock fugue gnarly tree
tangle of woody stems stops
that's how far it grew
Violin Concerto - Frederick Delius - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley, Ralph Holmes
colours: non lethal :: warm weightless :: cushioned
blows softened, sans joint-jolts.
Concerto in C (#3) - Prokofiev - Nürnberger Symphoniker, Ainslee Cox, Jorge Bolet
Front-loads his big tune, though he does soft-pedal it how the clarinet splits itself in two a few measures in, and never does gush it the way Rachmaninoff can't resist. Bubbles up youthful bursting forth out of doors FAST or brought up short by some hard surfaced lyrical upwelling.
Mamie Smith
Royal Garden Blues - Mamie Smith's Jazz Hounds [from Allen Lowe's That Devilin' Tune]
Boneyard Shuffle - The Red Heads [from Allen Lowe's Really the Blues]
July 2, 2014
Piano Concerto #2 - Bartok - Orchestre de Paris, Lorin Maazel, Sviatislav Richter
Musical material is musical material. Look at the brick and it says "brick". Unable to let on that there might be more going on than he planned. All those arch-forms and putative Fibonacci game plans - why do I get the nagging feeling that these are all there not entirely for heart-felt musical reasons but also partly because they can be explained in program notes, because they are the sorts of things journalists can understand, but which are, as to the musical experience, a smokescreen or a brick wall?
July 3, 2014
Symphony #1, op. 17 #2 (Exile) - Alan Hovhaness - Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz
A fascinating, if not entirely successful, take on a folk-idiom symphony. It seems to progress, or at any rate shift along, like a series of block-prints, related more by their stylistic voice than by any particular thematic or dramatic undercurrent. The ending took my breath away: two clarinets on a perfect fourth: a softly fading linger.
In Session at the Tintinabulary
June 30, 2014
Banned Rehearsal 864 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy, Aaron Keyt, Neal Kosály-Meyer
Banned Rehearsal: abusers of microphones
Our session was out on the porch since it was so nice out. Steve brought along his recording of our concert (mine failed due to user-error). During the first of those two sessions Neal opened all the chapel windows wide, causing a certain amount of wind noise on the recording. Unexpectedly, the effect of this was to take me back to our early days when we would often break the fourth wall, so to speak, picking up the recording microphones, put them in cans, rub paper on them, pretend they were dinosaurs, and in general abuse them no end.
July 4, 2014
Ain't No Easy - Keith Eisenbrey
track 1 - wood drum
track 2 - vocal
track 3 - hollow-body electric guitar
track 4 - buzz banger stick
track 5 - electric toy reed organ

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