Saturday, December 27, 2014



December 23, 2014
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York - 1983
Symphony in C Op. 32 - Rimsky-Korsakov - Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järve

Strings of noodled notes for cumulations of combinations. Old-fashioned contrapuntal framework, all motives have clear provenance, no idea not plain to the ear. If the Italian sun were ice.

Lyric Suite - Grieg - Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz

Operatic or cinematic scenes, always something is hidden. The music it is is never quite the music played. Empty and dark at the center, veering to the side.

In Session at the Tintinabulary

December 22, 2014
Banned Telepath 26 141222 Seattle - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy, Neal Kosàly-Meyer
Banned Telepath 26 141222 Somerville - Aaron Keyt
Banned Rehearsal 876 141222 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy, Aaron Keyt, Neal Kosàly-Meyer

Once again we improvise through the telepathic night.

Saturday, December 20, 2014



December 13, 2014

Finnegans Wake
James Joyce
Part I, Chapter 1

Staging conceived, directed and performed by Neal Kosály-Meyer
Sets and props by Sarah Colburn
Sound by Jake Thompson
Liturgical vestment by Karen Eisenbrey
Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle

dark in the consciousness of dreaming
light flashes but does not shine, illuminates but remains
dark, illucid

the negative space of words imploding into the negative space of words
the spoken text unspooling into the dark consciousness of dreaming
the flashlight pointing blindly all over nowhere

relic-book of the oneiropticon wheel
spun unspooled despoiled 
in the dark remains

In Session at the Tintinabulary

December 15, 2014
Gradus 256 - Neal Kosály-Meyer

Nothing silences a sound quite like its repetition.

December 16, 2014
Huge Guy In The Mosh Pit - St. Rage (Karen Eisenbrey, Neal Kosály-Meyer)

My amazing spouse has a short story coming out in January as one of Pankhearst Collective's Singles Club. The story features a high school garage rock band called St. Rage, in honor of a local business sign with a burned out letter. What is a rock band without songs? And if you already have a rock band, why would you not record it? So here is Your Mother Should Know posing as St. Rage, recording in our actual garage.

Saturday, December 13, 2014



December 9, 2014
Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Händel op. 24  - Brahms - Julius Katchen

Play of plies, focus flipping through the registers. Old-fangled framework control.

Fantasy and Fugue on the Theme B-A-C-H - Liszt - Alfred Brendel

Ambiguous fragments in both pitch meaning and time span meaning. Fantasy and fugue have it out in turns and fits.

Marche Slav - Tchaikovsky - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Non-ironic Nationalism. Soldiering glorified, like a sonic mock battle.

In Session at the Tintinabulary

December 7, 2014
Zuckermann 141207 - Keith Eisenbrey
gluing the soundboard - 1985

You wouldn't think such a quiet instrument could make so much noise.

December 8, 2014
Banned Telepath 25 141208 Seattle - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy
Banned Telepath 25 141208 Somerville - Aaron Keyt
Banned Rehearsal 875 141208 - all of the above

Steve was having a grand time with the washtub bass. We all work to find our putterer nature.

Sunday, December 7, 2014



December 5, 2014
Triptet - minus one plus two
Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle
Tom Baker, Greg Campbell, Stu Dempster, William O. Smith

Objects do not enter space. We near their orbits. Ellipses in ellipses. Terrain adheres to the radius. Nearing, particulars accelerate. Orbits enclose, embrace.


December 1, 2014
Fungus on Trail of Shadows - Mt. Rainier National Park
Nocturne Op. 15 #2 - Chopin - Alfred Cortot

Filigree with aspirations to be the whole show, a separate music sufficient unto itself, foreshadows and aftshadows, drama and regret, unleashing itself recklessly in the middle parts as though it were a drug of beguilement and forgetfulness.

Symphony in B-flat "Spring" Op. 38 - Schumann - New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

Although the recording suffers somewhat from too much compression, sacrificing dynamic drama for the benefit of hearing the colors of the inner parts, it is still a lively and bright performance. I might argue for more subtly paced accents - goosing us every time gets old fast.

December 2, 2014
Die Walküre Act II - Wagner - Orchestra & Chorus of La Scala Opera, Wilhelm Furtwängler

Myth in the act of re-mythologizing itself, telling its own tale inside of itself. Seigmund's not buying it.

In Session at the Tintinabulary

November 30, 2014
Transverse Flute 141130 - Keith Eisenbrey

I improvised on a bamboo flute that I picked up at a street fair several years ago. Instead of 'folding' the resulting file in the way I have been (layering the second half of the session on top of the first) I stacked the whole file on top of itself 20 times, offset by 3 seconds each.

December 4, 2014
J - Keith Eisenbrey

I've been working on getting a good home recording of J for several weeks. I think I may have finally got it pretty close to what I want. When I performed it at Salon last month I mentioned also wanting to record it with the dampers lifted throughout, so I did.