Saturday, February 13, 2016



February 11, 2016
Prelude in C-sharp minor Op. 45 - Chopin - Claudio Arrau

A song washing away in the rain.

Symphony in D minor Op. 120 - Schumann - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Wilhelm Furtwängler

This is no polite, avuncular Schumann. This dude's out for blood, and we are caught circling through his mansion.
Busoni, working on virtuoso hair from the get go

Variations on "Kommt ein Vogel geflogen K422" - Busoni - Harden Wolf

A demonstration of the state-of-the-art science of keyboard configuration. The melody always appears clearly, as in some sophisticated version of elf-on-the-shelf.

Six Quartets Op. 112 - Brahms - Gächinger Kantorei, Helmut Rilling

Even as these tail off in successive miniaturization, they become more densely packed. One imagines them finally squeezing through a needle's eye and becoming a Webern part-song a decade or two hence.

In Session at the Tintinabulary

February 6, 2016
Autoheterophony 160206 Jesus Loves Me - Keith Eisenbrey

I've been thinking about the background influences of my musical thinking, the musics from which I was never entirely weaned. My first inclination was to go for the oldest hymns I could find, in one of the host of old hymnals that seem to find me, but decided instead to start with those that, personally, go back the furthest. This is the first foray.

February 8, 2016

Banned Telepath 43 Seattle 160208
Banned Telepath 43 Somerville 160208
Banned Rehearsal 904 160208 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, and Steve Kennedy, in Seattle; and Aaron Keyt in Somerville

Early in Banned Rehearsal history we found ourselves in an argument, played out in session after session, about whether we were recording improvisations or making tapes. Having eventualy lost most of the heavy-handed rhetorical aspects of both camps, the subtle textures of doing both at once, and yet still arguing about it, in session after session, keep me in the room again and again, session after session.

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