Sunday, August 7, 2016



July 30, 2016
Secret Forest Show
John Teske and Neil Welch with friends
Ravenna Park, Seattle

John's piece had us up off our duffs to wander atop the duff, down the trail to a clearing by the creek. Figuring the instructions, even had I been able to read them at distance, were for those who might be uncomfortable simply walking about attending sound, I simply walked about attending sound, which made a most pleasant evening strolling.

Upon regathering on the logs Neil preached saxophone from a hidden green pulpit, skyrocket staccato tones shimmering in the canopy. An ensemble piece followed, searching out the ravine's expanse and texture. From the distance a wandering company's A Midsummer Night's Dream approached. "Lysander!" As we were done and heading home the waAMND had taken station in the clearing by the creek to which we also had been drawn.

Another bit of Seattle magic. Thank you!


August 2, 2016
Waltz in F minor, Op. 70 #2 - Chopin - Peter Katin

An eager nosegay, blossoms crowding just so.

Sonata in A minor, Op. 105 - Schumann - Jean Mouillère, Jean Hubeau

The 2nd movement pas de deux, piano sound touching, supporting, spotting the en pointe violin sound only enough to give the impression of exquisite weightlessness.

August 3, 2016
4 Ernste Gesänge, Op. 121 - Brahms - Janet Baker, André Previn

In a choice between lyric line against/or immutable stasis, these choose the former.
In a choice between expression against/or reflection, these choose the former.
In a choice between comfort against/or fear and trembling, these choose the former.
In a choice between goal against/or presence, these choose the former.

In short, my preference is the Maureen Forrester John Newmark recording.

El Cavito - Grupo Bahianainho [from Alan Lowe's That Devilin' Tune]

The Latin Chaotic. The sound quality in this 1911 recording has severed some of the more obvious clues to the unanimity of their ensemble. It takes work to discover just how together they were.

Chain Gang Blues - Sam Moore [from Alan Lowe's Really The Blues]

Lots of vibrato and slippery pitches, high on the neck.

In Session at The Tintinabulary

August 1, 2016
Banned Rehearsal 915 160801 - Jenny Chung, Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy, Aaron Keyt, Neal Kosály-Meyer
We gathered on the porch, though it wasn't hot, to mix our sounds with those of the taco truck around the corner being subjected to attempted engine repair.

August 6, 2016
Second Thoughts Omnibus 160806 - Keith Eisenbrey
A year and several months ago I ended my self-imposed (and only partly observed) sabbatical from composition. I have gotten to a point in the project where I have sounds to share. This midi-generated sound file is all the parts packed in their box, shrink wrapped, ready to be torn open and re-assembled. The score in this form is for 12 pianos.

Blood and Fire, Hallelujah 160806 - Keith Eisenbrey
And last night I had the idea to take the midi file of Second Thoughts, slow it down (from quarter = 120 to quarter = 32) and use the result as the solo piano part of my 2010 virtual piano concerto Blood and Fire, Hallelujah

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