Saturday, April 28, 2018



April 21, 2018
She's Creepy - The Boss Martians [from 13 Evil Tales]

Imagine if The Sonics' ur-proto-punk The Witch had been written by Paul Revere and performed, by The Raiders, as though they were The Ventures. How Northwest can you get?

Play Station Central - Orion O'Malley Hughes & Lightnin' John Daley Three Turtles [from Sonicabal Vol. 2]

noise not reduced
mega chalkboard skqqqueeeel

microphone held right up to the crater's edge

Caldero del Diablo - Brad Anderson [from Dark Energy - Interstellar Pianos]

bare figurations from the fount of bare figurations

battle ray guns and shields zip zap zzzzingggg

Banned Rehearsal 792 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Aaron Keyt, Neal Kosály-Meyer [May 2011]

music box joplin picks up where it left off in the last episode
we take pine cone turns to speak until distinction is presumed to talk at once

follow each thought pattern as it puts itself together
center on the most difficult
maintain incongruity in a leveling world

rhythm generation
low tones on electric piano
frame drum wash board suspended cymbal
xylophone various gongs and what nots
tasteful use of the pitchbend on the midikeys

The Humma Song from OK Janu - A. R. Rahman, Badshah, Tanishk Bagchi, Shashaa Tirupati & Jibin Nautyal [from Bollygood Vol. 1]

appropriating cultural appropriation
lots of characters to keep track of

April 22, 2018
The Carmans Whistle - William Byrd - Elizabeth Farr [from My Ladye Nevells Booke]

Imagine the englishy words: "Heare the carmans whistle blowe" or the like, in the likeness of the children's round Hear the Lively Sounds of the Frogs in Yonder Pond, which now I imagine one could use as the basis of a Byrd pastiche.

That last simultaneity is a killer.

Graysom Street Blues - Margaret Johnson [from Alan Lowe's That Devilin' Tune]

following each vocal line find the instrumental commentary

Rock and Roll Ruby - Warren Smith [from Sun Records Definitive Hits]

hold tight to the formula
be sure the brand name is clearly visible at all times

My Romance (take 1) - Bill Evans Trio [from Waltz for Debby]

magical dance of consideration among the trio members

Homeward Bound - Simon & Garfunkel [from Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme]

This is about as tightly written a song as any they produced back in the day. Up there with The Boxer.

April 24, 2018
Unnamed Track 11 - Tillicum Junior High School Band, Bob Runyan [from my mom's tape of a concert on March 3, 1971]

One of those tunes ubiquitous on UHF commercials 100 Favorite Classical Melodies (none of that boring stuff in between)

A Song for Cynthia - Walt Wagner [from Caprice]

off the shelf tune-smithery, pre casio pre-set

Cache Cache - The Who [from Face Dances]

I'm honestly not sure why anyone bothered with this.

Dulcimer Tunes and Anti-Muffins - Karen Eisenbrey [April 1986]

She could have been out partying (I was in Australia) but instead she made this tape. First some tunes then she reads a L'Engle story. Almost finishes it too!

April 26, 2018
Lounge Act - Nirvana [from Nevermind]

It starts with a second or so of Lurchish groan. At the very end is a similarly brief electroid fade-out. These post-production idea bits come across as being distinctly outside the songness of the song (which song I rather like by the by). They are production decisions, or electronic music compositional decisions - in that they force us to take this recording as a recorded object, in contra-distinction to allowing us to accept it as a song that happens to have been recorded for distribution. They echo each other bookend-ishly: a framing device, an Apology, in the old sense, much in the same vein as the arch title. Interesting, but I'm not convinced it does the song any particular favors.

Evil Martian - The Boss Martians [from 13 Evil Tales]

Same pre-ambular idea as LA above, but this time straight out of the novelty song grab bag: a sci-fi sound of yore around which a pastiche of yore is woven.

Sphygmomanometer - Mabuse [from Sonicabal Vol. 2]

The opening hit is allowed to inhabit and breathe, inadvertently highlighting the problem with inserts from outside the song such as in LA and EM above: they tend to either outshine or distract, as though the song were not convinced of its own entityhood. Here the insert is the show, with no song to photobomb its glory.

Banned Rehearsal 701 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Neal Kosály-Meyer [May 2006]
we are waiting for Neal to arrive (he does about 10 minutes in)
me on electric guitar
Karen an various crude bells, whiny wind, washtubbass
there he is, through the door in the left speaker
another guitar amplified, amply modified
lifts Karen back to crude tractor clutch bells
we shred after our fashion
recede to dry bones
scratchy throat

In Session at the Tintinabulary

April 23, 2018
Banned Rehearsal 957 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy, Aaron Keyt


Saturday, April 21, 2018



April 14, 2018
48-Hour Composition Contest - Sounds of Late
Gallery 1412, Seattle

April Showers  - Noel Kennon

As I Sit Here With My Trendy Tea Beverage - Spencer Arias

August Amble, Alaska State Fair - Aaron Keyt

Lullaby - Timothy O’Brien

Minuet in a Minute - JD Davis

Tetractys - Count Constantin Pârvulescu

At The Quiet Limit - Jacob Mashak

Threnody - Jim Knodle

When I Fall - Blaire Ziegenhagel

A lively subset of the younger folks doing their new thing for the community. We were there to hear
Aaron's new piece and were delighted to find that veteran Jim Knodle also had a lovely thing to share. And what fun everyone was having! Nary a clunker in the bunch, lovely performances all around, and the evening ended with silly prizes from the thrift store. DIY is where it's at. I also learned a Chicago slang term for the string bass  - "doghouse" - courtesy of JK.

April 19, 2018
Jaap Blonk
Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle

I was remembered of my introduction, in June of 1982, in the home of Leon Botstein, President of Bard College, to Charles Stein, the protean poet/soundpoet/thought-delver. I was 23, newly dropped onto the East Coast, knowing not a soul for hundreds of miles, still pretty uncertain how the whole find food for oneself thing worked. Ben said "This is Chuck Stein" who stretched out his hand to me and said something very like "djlsji wi! df;focmgkj4 ordkfwsjudpfdjfifi  fififi 'asf;dhslfdsp=-[dgfaf' 1;dap-d da9dre0den,nds;ig'arg ae8id ][dfila;jud dd==gljd;l." Somehow I found this tremendously comforting. My people!

I was remembered of the gibberish stories I told my sons when they were small to make them laugh.

As do many of my favorite people, Jaap talks eloquently with his hands. And his face is an expressive field all on its own.

I was remembered of the scene in Men In Black 2, where K, in amnesious retirement at the Post Office is shown all the space aliens he works with and asked "Why do you think you're so comfortable here?"

and I was quite comfortable here. A joy.


April 14, 2018
Peyote - Bakshish [from Sonicabal 2001]

synthetic didjeridu-ish rhythm drone
over which is added (to complete the picture) a first nations-ish chant
fade out
not unattractive, if somewhat harsh

Gradus 97 - Neal Kosály-Meyer [April 2006]

configurations of pitch sonority sets allowed space to move around and to vanish entirely
receding through the wheels of memory

when sound enters or music enters consciousness it enters a massively complex continually ontologizing organism

and we in turn enter it
because it addresses us

our madly ontologizing consciousness
as a fellow

Stumblin' Man - Youth Rescue Mission [from Youth Rescue Mission]

guitars in the immediate
vocals vary
but generally on stage with the drums

Banned Telepath 46 Seattle - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy, Neal Kosály-Meyer [March 2016, for Banned Rehearsal 907]

we woohoo! for Aaron and Jennifer
one strand: a slowly cycling chorale mostly on piano
another: lots of banging on things and lots of things there are to bang upon too!
no sound but isn't precisely drawn in place, transparent to all others
the amplified bits don't overdo their power, but mutter to themselves on the same state
gradations of: pitch <-> noise || presence <-> diffusion || high <-> low || pure <-> complex ||ringy <-> tight ||
intent rubbing audiates surfaces
moan tube gives its what for and enters a conversational space with the atomatone
as the last sounds drift off downstream
as though
but perhaps not
but yes

April 15, 2018
Lord Willobies Welcome Home - William Byrd - Elizabeth Farr [from My Ladye Nevells Booke]

parts braid filligree with their cherub hands flitting - mind flash on the opening credits of Fractured Fairy Tales

The Downfall of Nebuchadnezzar - Rev. J. C. Barrett [from Goodbye, Babylon]

ecstatic ignition into possession
prophetic proto rap

Rip It Up - Little Richard [collected from Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul]

playing the same possession game but with chorus cooldowns keeping it under control

Detour Ahead (take 1) - Bill Evans Trio [from Waltz for Debby]

such a gentleness in everything, a kind-to-each-other music

Cloudy - Simon & Garfunkel [from Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme]

#pop #mood for #feel #good

Unnamed Track 10 - Tillicum Junior High School Band [from my mom's tape of a concert of March 3, 1971]

the sort of comic martial march music one might expect of a mechanism at a fair

Tide - Walt Wagner [from Caprice]

quite the echo on that piano!
tin pan
tune smithery
tune pipes

Echoes - Karen P. Thomas - Seattle Symphony, Michel Singher [from a private tape, Spring 1981]

in a cave with dim lamp sense of dread
as is revealed in several parts
until the whole
flute at end as tale within tale to pass us up the ladder
to our seats

Let Me Tell You - Julian Lennon [from The Secret Value of Daydreaming]

either: so full of himself as to be a monster
or: playing a more knowing game
or: a wall

April 17, 2018
Banned Rehearsal 263 - John E, Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Aaron Keyt [August 1991]

readjusting our grip on the world at Toad Hall
fall away to deep sedatory
whose weight will press
nearly disappearing
often doing several things
often not adding up
or falling away from adding up


competitive gibberish critter listing

In Session at the Tintinabulary

April 15, 2018
Fish Distributor b/w Ruined It - Your Mother Should Know [mastered from takes made in March 2018]

To be released on Bandcamp, at some point. Not perfect, but this is Seattle. We don't iron.

April 16, 2018
Gradus 331 - Neal Kosály-Meyer

there is a time it takes for a pitch to speak
different for each note
different also
in kind of time
to the duration of each note
and different also
among the various registers
because at the low end and at the high end there is the separate time of each pitch locating itself
as well as their respective times of speaking
and if several are considered together
struck or not together
do the intervals precede the pitches in experience?
and then there are the gradually revealed sonorities of rolling tones
humming space

Saturday, April 14, 2018



April 7, 2018
Banned Rehearsal 439 - Isaac E, Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Anna K, Aaron Keyt, Neal Kosály-Meyer [December 1996]

a whisper of white noise cushions immediate immersion
nothing is far away
there is no such far away

soft roof

not playful but earnestly filling
that is
there is no mistaking the intent to be making music
though without sense of curatorial anything
sounds meant to mean, not to exhibit
(it presumes presentability)

(in the last days of our analog recording)

pressure applied firmly with vigor and force

ice hanging high in the cavern ceiling

a resonant wooden chamber, or any other, can be struck to sound in a wide range of manners
and through a full spectrum of vibrational nodes within the resonant chamber's prior soundings
each of which is like a mouth's vowel shape
specific to the household (domiolect)
which is how me make them, the chambers, speak for us
as us

language exploded view
press out upon the shell of our medium
ear scrubbing high power mass build up
Petrushka carnival soup

bang the chimney bang (really go bang at it) slappy whap WHAAM whop
the chimney's fundamental, though low in the mix, is a lovely rich warm hum

Minmax Dub 13 - Carl Juarez [from Sonicabal 2001]

wacked out polymeters in large scale poly beats
then it drives off the beach side

Dad's Cars - Carl R. "Dick" Eisenbrey, interviewed by Keith Eisenbrey on April 16, 2006

my fave: the putt putt car (a Nash Metropolitan convertible). Cows would look over the top at us.

April 8, 2018
Waiting - Shaprece [from Scatterbrain]

parts of the same voice strand of monologue thought layers as they construct themselves into selfconsciousness and lust driven volition

Banned Telepath 46 Somerville - Aaron Keyt [March 2016]

a gentle harmonica spinet duet, and all I need from one and more, with space heater grounding sound grounding the sound. This became part of Banned Rehearsal 907.

Have With Yow to Walsingame - William Byrd - Elizabeth Farr [from My Ladye Nevells Booke]

How large is this tune as it hangs in the room? Upon the answer hangs the ability of the ornamentation to extend into accumulating dimensions
gone like smoke in lights and stances

same melody in a different chair

White House Blues - Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers [from Anthology of American Folk Music]

a going down the road feeling bad type tune

Red Headed Woman - Sonny Burgess [from Sun Records The Definitive Hits]

too much fun to fit in that tiny studio of legend

Waltz for Debby (take 1) - Bill Evans Trio [from Waltz for Debby]

rhythm schemes falling in from elsewheres (spilled out of Byrd, perhaps?)

Patterns - Simon & Garfunkle [from Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme]

a screenplay in stanzas
rather grim if you could believe him

Unnamed Track 8 - Tillicum Junior High School Band [concert of March 3, 1971, from my mom's

leering stripper swing

Dove - Walt Wagner [from Caprice]

scenery and stage arrangement filler soundtrack style
expansive enough for a dance number to close out the reel
never not nice

Seventeen Prepuntal Contraludes - Keith Eisenbrey [at the Seattle Concert Theater, July 1981]

I may be the only one hearing this inside of these pieces, but I always did have a knack for hymnodic melody.

Standing On the Edge - Screaming Trees [from Clairvoyance]

the panels are large
it's time for a light show

April 10, 2018
Banned Rehearsal 262 - John E, Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Anna K, Aaron Keyt, Holden K, Neal Kosály-Meyer, Marilyn Meyer, William Meyer [July 1991]

a gathering as the Kosály-Meyers visit from Outpost San Diego so that the cousins can be introduced.
yellow tape folk song soundtrack oh dear what can the matter be as the age of chaos sets in the full scale invasion in the deep background Pastorale our improv becomes a confusion wafting through
a tunin'!

my chart drifts past Marilyn Poppins

now it is just the three of us
and the two dinosaurs
ought eight four (it weren't neither that which hadn't been yet anyway)

a roaring distant din at the back
you say 'Banned' (two syllables, see British Highway Code below)

X-2 - The Boss Martians [from 13 Evil Tales]

fan fiction, as though constructing loopables

Morningspeak - Ffej [from Sonicabal 2001]

neon sign for a parts factory add this for Ffej! parts for the man

My Oklahoma Home - Bruce Springsteen [from The Seeger Sessions]

old timey disaster blowed away
a great song, I wish he hadn't treated it so like an artifact
tried so hard to mimic a character he forgot to sing the song

Banned Rehearsal 791 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Aaron Keyt [April 2011]

Yamaha chameleon (not new to the family, but new to the Tintinabulary)
dayglo camoflage
spoons: an eloquent dispensation
player enter tainer
do not mistake this for lame
the discard pile as poetry
table tennis orbs tossed about

The Breakup Song - Pritam [from Bollygood Volume 2]

an "ah" vowel pushes its rhyme forward through a thicket with dropped in English words like "breakup" and "relationship".

April 12, 2018
All In a Garden Grine - William Byrd - Elizabeth Farr [from My Ladye Nevells Booke]

drapery tumbles in enrapturing simultaneities sliced thin to view at subsequential angles

Dead Man Blues - Jelly Roll Morton [from The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz]

Vienna and New Orleans - cities famous for sloppiness as a front for something else

Right Behind You Baby - Ray Smith [from Sun Records The Definitive Hits]

another stalker anthem

Detour Ahead (take 2) - Bill Evans Trio [from Waltz for Debby]

miles to go before we land on both feet together

British Highway Code - The Master Singers

proscripted pedestrianation with maximal syllabification

funny the first time for about 30 seconds

Untitled Cut 9 - Tillicum Junior High School Band [concert of March 3, 1971, from my mom's tape]

all roar no Charleston
New Orleans party town

Wedding - Walt Wagner [from Caprice]

prog-lounge (ticking clocks)

Rejoice - U2 [from October]

playing to the arena from the get go, at least that's how it seems from this distance

Karen's First Solo Tape - Karen Eisenbrey [April 1986]

While I was in Australia to glimpse Halley's Comet, Karen made this tape.
awesome dulcimer tuning! hand made mountain lap roots
ukelele - first person field recording of Dominos, and Mr. Abstractor (twice)
Hum, hum de hum, hum de hum

the clock is broken - Infamous Menagerie

inverted balance leaving space for vocals to space out on the verge of, but never beyond

Solos - Banned Rehearsal - Karen Eisenbrey, Aaron Keyt, Anna K, Neal Kosály-Meyer [December 1996]

Ten years after KFST, in preparation for our last Brechemin show ever, which would be in January of 1997, a session of four back-to-back solos to be used as part of the background mash of noise coming from multiple cassette tape play backs to play at our backs as we played. Neal finds a stupendous distortion on cornet.

In Session at the Tintinabulary

April 9, 2018
Banned Rehearsal 956 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy, Aaron Keyt

Saturday, April 7, 2018



March 24, 2018
Études d'exécution imminent (as it stands)

Recent Solo Piano Compositions by Keith Eisenbrey
March 24, 2018, 8pm
Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle

10. Corollaries (Up's Up)


11. Ghosting Doubles (first sighting) (after Amy Denio)

10. Corollaries (Down's Down)

9. Second Thoughts
             Ba Bb
          Ca Cb Cc
       Da Db Dc Dd
    Ea Eb Ec Ed Ee
 Fa Fb Fc Fd Fe Ff

11. Ghosting Doubles (second sighting) (after Amy Denio)

10. Corollaries (Down's Up)

9. Second Thoughts
 Gb Gc Gd Ge Gf
 Hc Hd He Hf
 Id Ie If
 Je Jf

11. Ghosting Doubles (third sighting) (after Amy Denio)

10. Corollaries (Up's Down)

"Ghosting" is composed by Amy Denio, © Spoot Music, ASCAP, and is used by the kind permission of the composer.


March 25, 2018
Outlaw Drag - The Boss Martians [from 13 Evil Tales]

scholars of the sound the Puget Sound sound
reverb just so - check!
Hammond B3 - check!
all done up in 90's sound drag
an original instrument craze outside of ancient music fandom

Malevolent - Chris DeLaurenti [from Sonicabal 2001]

invisible thread narrative

Oboe di Morte - Brad Anderson [from Dark Energy - Interstellar Pianos]

the uninflected plainness of the oboe tune not unsubtly played by subtly laid out flat
behind it a roar not unlike wind noise
whatever it is it is coming nearer
how many oboes are there!! AAIEEEEEEEE!!!!

Assembly Rechoired 53 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey [April 2011]

Rejiggerment after removal of the Mighty Wurgelitzer (sic)
drums first start with the throne
vacuum made of motor
quietly in the background a lovely capture of airplane
air in tube
engines winding their sounds around each other
or the differential arrival and warp through air mass the echo field
arrayed a raid
setting up the electric keyboard stand
plug it in
makes noise!
an assembly required assembly rechoired

High Goodbye - Strange Like Us [from Strange Peeps]

art school rock, but in the best possible way
in that the vocals are never straight sung but used to cause a mic effect
to cause a certain sound

The Second Grownde - William Byrd - Elizabeth Farr [from My Ladye Nevells Booke]

O the joy of figuration!
a pleasurable hand twiddly activity
a pleasurable texture in the earbrain
as though fingers touched with tunes dance playfully
love the little cadenza tag

Brotherly Love - Elgar's Creole Orchestra [from Alan Lowe's That Devilin' Tune]

slapstick soundtrack showtune

Please Please Please - James Brown [collected from Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul]

invested in every repetition
low in his blues town register

Waltz for Debby (take 2) - Bill Evans Trio [from Waltz for Debby]

laid back for where it gets to

(I Know) I'm Losing You - The Temptations [collected from Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul]

Othello post Iago
studio fade quick out

April 3, 2018
Unlabeled Track 7 - Tillicum Junior High School Band - Bob Runyan [from my mom's tape archive]

more jazz band - what is it about the transfer trajectory that so booms the bass?

Jamboree - Walt Wagner [from Caprice]

fast playing to no end at all

Adult Books - X [from Wild Gift]

X as Talking Heads if Talking Heads were X

April 5, 2018
Banned Rehearsal 73 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Anna K, Neal Kosály-Meyer, Wally Shoup [April 1986]

It has been a full couple of weeks in our family, which is why I missed blogging last Saturday. I got through 20 minutes of the wrong cut before I realized my error.

start over this time with Wally
history lesson
announcer voice
as though the face of what is announced is in a universe with the what of what is announced

lumpy and clogged
exploring what does not flow
musicology of stagnation

mirror battle
insectoid exoskeletal
hive-y drone
seething mass
no let up
forever scribbling sound
until it does

a brief cliché

discourse on polypulse

this was elsewhere
the ice storm the night Wally Shoup was in Barrytown
forgotten factoid recalled!

caw caw caw caw caw
where it goes after energy dissipates
loose mooring loose moorals

use fresh water
bring to a furious boil

Whirlpool - The Young Fresh Fellows [from Electric Bird Digest]

of whom?
friend done gone lost?
outside inside

(a solid grown-up song, if you're interested in my opinion)

In Session at the Tintinabulary

March 26, 2018
Banned Rehearsal 955 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy, Neal Kosály-Meyer