Saturday, September 19, 2015



September 13, 2015
Instamatic photo by me, ca 1969
Grand Canyon Suite - Ferde Grofé - Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz

The image of the west he is selling is idyllic, peaceful, effortless, without history or blood. The orchestration is impeccable.

Symphony #1 - Samuel Barber - St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin

It grasps our attention with both hands, holding our faces forward, never letting go. Noir, nearly square format for the screen, wide range of shadow to black. Love the gooey stuff at the end.

A Child of Our Time - Michael Tippett - BBC Singers, Choral Society, & Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis, Jessye Norman, Janet Baker, Richad Cassilly, John Shirley-Quirk

This one is wide screen, a deeply old-fashioned dramatic oratorio, every square inch of screen space worked out to the nth. This guy really likes old-school contrapuntal maneuvers.

September 16, 2015
You've Got To Move - Two Gospel Keys [from Goodbye, Babylon]

Within a motoric grid a framework is expressed by variations upon an inexplicit norm. Missing beats here and there propel us forward.

Birk's Works - John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie [from Alan Lowe's That Devilin' Tune]

As much or more than the sheer bebop bravado of it all is an ecstatic togetherness, everybody focussed, tight.

Songs To Grow On for Mother and Child - Woody Guthrie

Like looking at somebody's family pictures. Unfancy arrangements of guitar (often as a drum), spoons, and harmonica.

Brook's Blues - Brooks Berry, Scrapper Blackwell [from The Art of Field Recording vol. 1]

Blues as competition, like break dancing.

In Session at the Tintinabulary

September 2, 2015
Banned Sectional 36 150902 Somerville - Aaron Keyt

Aaron sent along 36 seconds of sound as his contribution to Banned Rehearsal 894, recorded several weeks ago on Georges Island, Boston Harbor Island National Park. Bird song and weirdness.

September 14, 2015
Banned Sectional 36 150914 Seattle - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy, Neal Kosály-Meyer
Banned Rehearsal 894 150914 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy, Aaron Keyt, Neal Kosály-Meyer

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