Monday, July 20, 2015



July 12, 2015
Sunday morning in Zillah, WA
String Quartet #3 - Elliott Carter - Pacific Quartet

Paralax in a hall of mirrors.

Creative Orchestra Music - Anthony Braxton

Tone-paintings brave enough to flirt with mimicry - foghorns, passing cars, bird calls - but not so much composed as pre-arranged - discussed beforehand. Another way to think of it is that they are doing what western concert music could do, but with an ensemble that has a different, more all-hands-on-deck attitude about how things fit. As an album it is arranged prosaically (fast, slow, fast . . .), a strategy that works pretty well. Anything less plain would distract unnecessarily from the individuality of each cut, would seem to suggest that each was a part of a larger composition, rather than a thing on its own.

July 14, 2015
Edge of Seventeen (Just Like a White Winged Dove) (live) - Stevie Nicks

This benefits greatly from being incomprehensible.

That Was Your Mother - Paul Simon [from The Essential Paul Simon]
Psalm 63 - Michael Leese

Harp and four (I think) voices. Tunes that slip around to find their locking place.

Banned Rehearsal 410 - January 1996 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Anna K, Aaron Keyt, Neal Kosály-Meyer

pushing at a heavy thing to shove it somewhere
the best of constricted space
dealing with heat
every cranny filled

circling birds
sound crammed in
introducing the sax
break apart to reconfigure

into a new crammed
recorded hot to not miss a possible subtle sound
sacrificing in glorious cassette fidelity the distortion of big sounds
careful she's gonna blow

out of the canyon into the meadow
still moving mountainous
then to the broad valley
all spent but guitar bird

[historical notes: At the time we were attempting to name our sessions. This one is All The Bells and Whistles or Aaron's Sax Solo. In 2002 I listened and wrote: "quite the full-blown racket, when the chimney gets in the act w/ all those bells & the guitar. whew! → last bit of this is FINE - big & loud."

Waltz No. 1 - Billy Joel
Freedom Rock - Girl Trouble [from The Funhouse Comp Thing]
Qixingshan (String Quartet #2) - Benjamin Boretz - Momenta Quartet

All motion is glacial. Only the weight of it forces flow. Activity brings stasis, perpetually poised to begin. and fragmented.

back to the distant past
July 15, 2015
Dolcissima mia vita - Gesualdo - Consort of Musicke, Anthony Rooley

written with a microscope

Konzert in G BWV 1049 - J.S. Bach - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan

reason answers to reason - immediately

Sonata in G minor Wq. 62 #18 - C.P.E. Bach - Miklos Spanyi

breathes actually

Keyboard Sonata in C Major Hob. XIV:7 - Haydn - Christine Schornsheim

constraints aren't upon what but upon how

Symphony D Major K248b(250) "Haffner Serenade" - Mozart - Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood, Jaap Schroder

atmosphere of intrigue and secrets now and then
but mostly back to the afternoon in progress

In Session at the Tintinabulary

July 12, 2015
Trio 150712 - Keith Eisenbrey

This last Sunday's dubbed trio was for plow wheel, cymbal (unmounted (bottom half of a high hat, I think)), and steel string acoustic guitar (hand made by my brother Paul).

July 13, 2015
Gradus 271 - Neal Kosály-Meyer

(047) trichord positioned as source (from which we disintegrate) (or which is clotted up only occasionally, if ever, to re-emerge).

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