Saturday, June 16, 2018



June 5, 2018
Psalm 23 (meditation, responses) (vocal take) - Keith Eisenbrey, Neal Kosály-Meyer [August 1991]

I made this quasi-setting of the 23rd Psalm in 1991 for speaking voice and clavichord, intending the
Eastern Washington
finished product to be some sort of recorded rendition. When Neal read the Psalm for me that August I wasn't entirely certain how the text would fit in with the clavichord commentary. Eventually there were two finished versions, the first accomplished with analog dubbing, and the second, realized some years later, with digital. Listening to my verbal instructions to Neal I find that my concept of how texts ought to be set has not changed much over the decades. I want to hear the sound of the words going by so that they mean what they mean, with minimal dramatic characterization or word-painting, and always being cognizant of the poetic structure.

Coffin and a Six Pack - The Boss Martians [from 13 Evil Tales]

vintage sounds

Thirty-Three Seconds - Storrs Barrett Booch-Williams [from Sonicabal 2001]

apparently a Cage tribute track

Shenandoah - Bruce Springsteen [from The Seeger Sessions]

Baker City, Oregon
Of all the various ilks of americana out there, I think I mistrust the overinflated rural-sentimental the most, as it winds so close to icky ante-bellum nostalgia.

Circle Song - Steve Scribner - Ivan Arteaga, Mike Sentkewitz (?) [from Storm Sound Cycle (live on May 21, 2011)]

against a backdrop
augmenting the distance to the lively made sounds

Good Friend - Ravenna Woods [from Alleyways and Animals]

careful and organized arrangement
greeting card sentiment

June 6, 2018
A Fancie - William Byrd - Elizabeth Farr [from My Ladye Nevells Booke]

any passing place can generate all things new
routes kept open
civilization seeps outward

Big Butter and Egg Man from the West - Louis Armstrong's Hot Five with May Alix [from Hot Fives and Sevens]

vocals occupy a lesser place within the song structure
it is a song, but the instrumentals are the show, the vocal bits are present only enough to register

Since I Met You Baby - Ivory Joe Hunter [collected from Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul]

another greeting card
an illustrated letter
it is what she wants to hear so it is what you tell her

River Line Blues - Shirley Griffith [from The Art of Field Recording vol. 1]

guitar and voice are one
pitch/meterpoint syncopation // guitarstringtimbre voice word confluence and retrofluence

For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her - Simon & Garfunkel [from Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme]

I can't help but think Paul was as frustrated with Pop as with folk rock - but that the full on blues had been foreclosed by Mr. Dylan. He had to futz around for a bit before he really hit his song-writing stride.

Track 2 - Tillicum Junior High School Orchestra [from a private tape of concert given March 3, 1971]

bass booms out into a time warp
affects not just the EQ but also the rhythm sense, as in organ music

June 7, 2018
Terminal Preppie - Dead Kennedys [from Plastic Surgery Disasters]

feeds off some of the same misanthropic sophomoranticisms as Saint Zappa.

Readings of a Sonata - Keith Eisenbrey - Keith Eisenbrey, Neal Kosály-Meyer [May 1986]

Neal and I dink around with another old score of mine, Sonata 1980
We trade-off readings to use up unused tape footage
We accomplish 3 full readings and the first part of a fourth

It's a graphic score so all the notes and rhythms are different, to varying degrees

sounds great, in that cruddy way we had, all the way

8-Ball Deluxe - 7 Year Bitch [from Kill Rock Stars]

Batman rhythm with a slippery bit
quantitive meter in action as rhythm

C'mon Jenny - The Boss Martians [from 13 Evil Tales]

what surf rock sounds like sitting in the rhythm section

Tokyo Fist - Alex Keller [from Sonicabal 2001]

radio signal morsey sound
(love it!)

Banned Rehearsal 702 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Neal Kosály-Meyer [May 2006]

geography of inhabiting

how where and across what extent do the determinable agendi specify their place or their vectors or their circulations

never quite settling for a trio for long

though the constant xylophone (all hail!)

sound assembly takes time (give it)

and so delicate

because it isn't what it is without how it got to be

In Session at the Tintinabulary
June 5, 2018
Banned Rehearsal 960 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy, Aaron Keyt, Neal Kosály-Meyer

June 11, 2018
Yellowstone 180611 - Keith Eisenbrey

I skipped blogging last Saturday because Karen and I were on the road by mid-that-morning to make a week's long loop among the five northwestern states: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana, in order of our arrival in each. At the Old Faithful area of Yellowstone, on a windy day (hang on to your britches, dear, it's pretty gusty) I made this recording of our footfalls on one of the older boardwalks.

June 13, 2018
Phillipsburg 180613 - Keith Eisenbrey

10 years ago, during a similar road trip, we passed through the lovely little town of Phillipsburg, in
Montana. The memory stuck in my head all these years as "wouldn't it be nice to spend some time here?" So this time we did. After supper at Silver Mill Restaurant & Saloon (quite nice!) Karen and I opened the balcony windows of our room at The Kaiser House (the Mural Room) to take in the fresh air. I quickly grabbed my recording device to pull in the bird songs and the hominine shouts and the motor roars from the magic hour far from home.

Saturday, June 2, 2018



May 29, 2018
Daniel Webbon, composition
Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle
Bridal Veil Falls, Washington - ca 1971

The confessions of Saint Augustine - Ben Sieben, piano, Danielle Sampson, soprano

tones painting a theoretical statement

To square a circle - Sarah Pyle, traverso and percussion

a delicate solo duet
I enjoyed this immensely

An infinite number of others - Emily Acri, violin; Janna Webbon, violin; Andrew Stiefel, viola; Isabella Kodama, cello

into a past evoked by and returning back from . . .

This vast southern empire - Daniel Webbon, piano, melodica, vocals; Sarah Pyle, flute, hammer dulcimer; Janna Webbon, violin; Andrew Stiefel, viola; Abbey Blackwell, bass

. . . a heady melodic sensibility

St. Helena - Matt Carr, drumset; Alethea Alexander, dance

a film of dance chopped up and all the bits and frames rearranged in a shuffle edit


May 30, 2018
Mr. Shadow - Neal Kosály-Meyer [April 2006]

"hey what do you think of this weather?"
thought eliding the blank spaces in the meter
makes for a troubling implication of regularity that isn't and never was

Follow The Leader - Shaprece [from Scatterbrain]

shimmy shimmy dance infection

Stillness, Concentrate (a recital) - Keith Eisenbrey [April 2016]
1. Welcome to my planet. I come in peace. - Eisenbrey
2. Another - Eisenbrey
3. J - Eisenbrey
4. "...such words as it were vain to close..." - J. K. Randall

nice job Keith of the recent past!

Lake Serene, Washington - ca 1971
May 31, 2018
The Tennthe Pavian "Mr. W. Peter" and The Galliarde to the Tenneth Pavian - William Byrd - Elizabeth Farr [from My Ladye Nevells Booke]

intimate space somehow cooked up out of huge polyhedron phrases
more downbeats than one could hope to choose from

If You Follow Jesus - Rev. W. M. Mosley [from Goodbye, Babylon]

let us sing with uplifted voice
arranged > agreed upon > talked through > practiced
but never not uplifted

Simple Gifts - Aaron Copland arr. by Virgil Fox - David di Fiore [from Grand Music for a Grand Castle]

gently done, the sense of meter is most wonderfully an everpresent question
will it land?

Maggie Campbell Blues - Shirley Griffith [from The Art of Field Recording Volume 1]

tilt voice
to fit the slant
of the tunin'
of the bluesin' tunin'

A Simple Desultory Philippic - Simon & Garfunkel [from Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme]

Desultory is right, this joke falls flat.

Track 1 - Tillicum Junior High School Orchestra [from my mom's tape of a concert on March 3, 1971]

a petite and various suite struggling toward pomposity

Corral Pass, Washington - ca 1971
Symphony No. 2 - Andrew Buchman - Seattle Symphony, Michel Singher [from a private tape of a concert in Spring of 1981]

clearly drawn
what it is
nothing fancy
but wanders into clarity
I remember back in the day this seemed so puzzlingly conservative
but now: partial, neo-unfinished

Cuyahoga - REM [from Life's Rich Pageant]

overlapping revolutionary impulses
start over where we always were
I've heard this song many times, and never listened to the words before, and certainly never wondered what the heck he was saying over and over. Now I see it is the title of the song, and of a fiery river. I looked it up.

In Session at the Tintinabulary
May 28, 2018
Gradus 334 - Neal Kosály-Meyer

pitch is a symptom of resonance
resonance conversing with the mechanism
mechanism is the clatterwork qualities of dissonance
dissonance is the size of the reverberent space it creates
as it creates the specificities of its regions