Sunday, July 10, 2016



"When music is applied to warlike ends, we tend to believe that it has been turned against its innocent nature.To quote the standard platitudes, it has charms to soothe a savage breast; it is the food of love; it brings us together and sets us free. We resist evidence suggesting that music can cloud reason, stir rage, cause pain, even kill. Footnoted treatises on the dark side of music are unlikely to sell as well as the cheery pop-science books that tout music's ability to make us smarter, happier, and more productive. Yet they probably bring us closer to the true function of music in the evolution of human civilization." Alex Ross - "The Sound of Hate", The New Yorker, July 4, 2016.



July 8, 2016
Seattle Composers' Salon
Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle

Jeremiah Lawson
Studies in Harmonics 7 - 12 for Solo Guitar

What remains after all music else has been leached away.

S. Eric Scribner
Phase Canon #1
Eco Slab Gong / Sound Scroll #1 for Inside Piano

Evocation, in the old sense of calling forth, like a nonbullshit seance.

Jay Hamilton
Grief: for Houdini, who did not believe but wanted to (solo cello)

Brazenly unprettified, brutally clear, desperately heartfelt.

Susan Maughlin Wood

A film (mechanisms, locomotions, bees, blossoms, garden snails) set against three movements for piano and violin. Like books leaning against each other not commenting but sharing ideas.

July 9, 2016
Swarm + Stew | in honor of Stuart Dempster on his 80th birthday
Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle
Loren Kiyoshi Dempster, Ione, Neal Kosály-Meyer, Pauline Oliveros, Margaret Sunghe Paek, Greg Powers

Swarm + Stew - Neal Kosály-Meyer

Beginning before it began some stayed and gathered in the space humming and buzzing some buzzed to the garden to hum. Pete Comley sat next to me with his gear and discovered some minutes into the humbuzz that a bee (sluggish) had come to join us. Sitting quietly humming finding my humming tone occasionally separating from how I was making it. Opening my eyes as the garden buzzhummers regathered in the space 30 minutes or so later I was delighted to discover how many there were to join us. Stories told, sounds shared. What gathered in the peaceful summer night that night erupted in ecstatic glee. Shoes were removed. Rooms skipped around. Whoops whooped dancer back lifting Stu to whoop whoops.

A high water mark in my Seattle music memory.


July 2, 2016
Lullaby of the Leaves - The Ventures [from Walk Don't Run: The Best of The Ventures]

Every strum exactly
in place no
surprises exactly
four nothing slops
from phrase into next
phrase these boys
have practiced

Sooner or Later (One of Us Must Know) - Bob Dylan [collected from Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul]

Bobvoice bounds in arcing leaps sometimes with effort, like pumping a swing, sometimes riding like a volleyball on the bounce of his band.

7 Pieces - Paul Simon, J.S. Bach - Keith Eisenbrey ca. 1971

My mom kept this little tape of me playing the piano when I was 11 or 12 or thereabouts - possibly earlier. I certainly was given to anthemic grandiosity - and to a flagrant disregard of steady beats. Molto rubato swing is probably not a good idea.

Coro - Berio - Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester

eases slowly from art song into an accumulating fugue
but the sphere turns or
the sphere is
transparent onionlayers
spheres spinning locking
independent glinting blades of sound
each layer passing in and out independently

all of the above

(in the sense that: if Les Noces were an armchair
this would be the overstuffed archie bunker version
presented 'as an ART PIECE')

Transcription of dialtwisting

The dissonances are hinged low in the mix.

July 5, 2016
Matte Kudasai - King Crimson [from Discipline]

Between gullkeen song and guitarwail
wheeling over the beach in the rainy-soon afternoon

Orange Airplane - Screaming Trees [from Clairvoyance]

Very arty. Collected from a soggy gutter where hiphopsample and 60spsychedelia are studiolaraly indistinguished.

Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana [from Nevermind]

A stuttery spread precursing beat three.

My Spaceman - Motorhome [from Rescued Records]

When in stride a sempiternal drift. Turn left to go right toujour et toujour.

July 7, 2016
Banned Rehearsal 602 [March 2001, Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Anna K, Isabel K, Aaron Keyt, Neal Meyer]

Our history extruded in a thick paste. We used to have years of boredom, clockwise currents of sound. carrier waves, messages, translations, comments, surface of paper, stuff of ink, atmospherics, foils: a bestiary of what we used to got.

Wot U Got - Armitage Shanks [from The Funhouse Comp Thing]

Aggressive articulation of male sexual entitlement (reveals terror).

Waiting - Shaprece

Dressed to the nines.

Ivan Arteaga at Seattle Composers' Salon January 8, 2016

Jump cuts from coast to coast and time to time accomplished by the shift of a single finger or the slightest adjustment of either tongue.

In Session at the Tintinabulary

July 4, 2016
Banned Rehearsal 913 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy, Aaron Keyt

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