Saturday, July 28, 2018



July 22, 2018
Banned Rehearsal 78 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Neal Kosály-Meyer [May 1986]

the legendary push to 100 begins in earnest
Anna had decamped to San Diego, Neal to follow in a few weeks
we figured we could fill 23 sides if we got together as often as possible and made several sessions every time

with dulcimerian strum and guitar and funmaker
distinct presences playing pitches
vaguely downhome funmaker bend button to imitate saw or bee swarm

the relation between the metaphor of steady beat and the metaphor of click track clock time
each is a kind of virtual reality

Neal sings a sudden song Strange Animal interrupted by a wicked great funmaker effect
Sprite in punkissimo overdrive

clocktime is a metaphor of objectivity and reproducible results
beat is a metaphor of inner time - heartbeat breathing sleep
to conflate them is to sell beat short
to measure the rightness of a beat by its adherence or not to a click track clock time timepoint is to utterly mistake its subjective essence
trading image for fact

clavichord even gets in there most sinister of sounds

disproportionality is our speciality
does it go on too long?
experiments should not halt upon receipt of desired result
desiring a result is an ur-error

Stay Away - Nirvana [from Nevermind]

ferocious bass playing back there
sure like that fuzz box

Downtown Hangaround - Blank Its [from The Funhouse Comp Thing]

minimalist patterning
nice focus
power suit

"...woe my road is spoken..." (first midi draft of May 29, 2006) - Keith Eisenbrey

another in a series of drafts of a set of variations for string quartet

affect is carrier wave for pitch set transformation

Life in a Marble - Youth Rescue Mission [from Youth Rescue Mission]

just a young man and his strummer joined by kin on cello and voice

Gradus 288 - Neal Kosály-Meyer [April 2016]

the highest G

if the acoustic machine that is the piano
strings soundboard hammers frame harp dampers
could be adequately modeled algorithmically

then one could design interfaces for the dampers
on a gimble or as independently operated as the keys themselves

one to play the hammers
one to play the dampers

could virtual strings break?
algorithmic modeling of the sound of a string breaking?

if it doesn't then the model is inadequate
limitations are important

the E comes in as though it hadn't really

July 24, 2018
Cavatina "una voce poco fa" - Rossini - Failoni Chamber Orchestra (Budapest), Will Humburg, Roberto Servile, Sonia Ganassi, Ramon Vargas, Angelo Romero, Franco de Grandis, Hungarian Radio Chorus [from Barber of Seville (Highlights)]

how exactly weight is adjusted to articulation

Don't Fish In My Sea - May Rainey, Jimmie Blythe [from Alan Lowe's Really The Blues]

celebration within complaint
irrepressible right hand comments

Ubangi Stomp - Warren Smith [from Sun Records Definitive Hits]

copping to racial thievery (N word trigger warning)

What A Sweet Thing That Was - The Shirelles [from Shirelles Anthology]

as crowded as the words are
there is lots of time for spare my my my my to spill out

Septet - Arthur Berger - The Contemporary Players [from Form]

long tones doled out sparingly
to tell
we search them out where they cling
past woods edge
a guide will be wanted
to return

Barefoot School - Bellevue First United Methodist Church Children's Choirs [from my Mom's tape of May 6, 1971]

I shared narration duties on this, and so it becomes one of the very earliest instance of recorded sound recognizable as me

our charming pious tale of spreading the benefits of civilization

July 25, 2018
I've Never Been In Love - The PK's [from a private tape]

history: the night before Karen went off to UPS at the end of the 1981 Summer in which we (she and I) happened to have both been in the same room at the same time for the first time Karen and Neal and Yvonne made this recording of their (really proto-PK's) collaboration. It was supposed to be a good tape.

Shut Out The Light - Bruce Springsteen [from Neal's mix-tape Six B-Sides]

story ballad family retrieval

Banned Rehearsal 268 - John E, Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Paul Eisenbrey, and Aaron Keyt [September 1991]

clams up
big honk speaks across the spiral tape as it lies on its reel
J clears his throat
nervous sort of explosiveness
all the doo dah day yes sirree doo dah
buddha baby
imitates squeaky violin squeal
failure to incandesce but many many colorful bits
bug call

July 26, 2018
Haunted House - Fall-Outs [from The Funhouse Comp Thing]

politely overdrawn accusation
never trust a breakup song

Song From The Storms and Winds - S. Eric Scribner [from Storm Sound Cycle, live at the Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle, on May 21, 2011]

tone held through thundernuk place
within place within place

In Session at the Tintinabulary

June 27 - July 6, 2018
Two Pomes Play - Keith Eisenbrey

Most of June and into July I was working on getting an adequate recording of these short two-voice
piano pieces. The first is one of my takes from June 27. I finally got the last one pretty well on July 6. These began their lives in the mid 90's as duets for clarinet and bassoon. In 2000 I transcribed them for piano solo.

July 23, 2018
Gradus 336 - Neal Kosály-Meyer

. . . and the fifth B
perihelion swerves of many kinds
lit up the bubble of now in etheric mind nowhere hidden

Saturday, July 21, 2018



July 1, 2018
Cavatina "Ecco, ridento in ciedo" - Rossini - Failoni Chamber Orchestra (Budapest), Will Humburg, Roberto Servile, Sonia Ganassi, Ramon Vargas, Angelo Romero, Franco de Grandis, Hungarian Radio Chorus [from The Barber of Seville (Highlights)]

a distance traveled before we get off the ride

Rainy Night - Duke Ellington [from Alan Lowe's That Devilin' Tune]

say a thing (twice) (or two things) then comment or overturn
the back ends of the melodies invite consideration

The Goodnight Waltz - The Voices of Walter Schumann [Rescued Record]

The Age of Sentimentality's Last Gasp

Walk, Little Julie - Chester Hanchell [from Anthology of American Folk Music Vol. 1]

jaw harp in the raw

Requiem Canticles - Stravinsky - London Sinfonietta, Oliver Knussen

pitch plates microadjust their relative altitude
planar placards plastered on the pitch plate walls

Track 6 - Tillicum Junior High School Orchestra [from my mom's tape of a concert give March 3, 1971]

with vibraphone solo

Subhuman - Throbbing Gristle [from Throbbing Gristle's Greatest Hits]

inverted accentuation becomes name classification

July 4, 2018
Banned Rehearsal 77 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Anna K, Neal Kosály-Meyer [May 1986]

vacuum cleaner vacuuming floor clacking sticks and ocarina or flute
we have a hum on the tape from something
it wanders

Neal & Anna's Outpost on Brooklyn Ave, as they were packing it up

typing tap tap tap tap ding! szzzhook!

persistent lack of focus, phoning it in, not present
weary and wearying the hum does not help
this tape has ennui
impervious time

Don't Mix The Colors - Courtney Love [from Kill Rock Stars]

words on a good enough rhythm track
half a song or less

Gradus 99 - Neal Kosály-Meyer [May 2006]

single tones allowed to linger
turn their predilections for proliferation inward upon themselves
become sets of parts independently spinning
fulfilling the compositional imperatives
which notes to play
is so simple to accomplish that the notion of necessity in the short term
or of form at all as a specious trajectory
is left far below

Front Door - Shaprece [from Scatterbrain EP]

circling insistence (a worry stone)

Banned Telepath 47 Somerville - Aaron Keyt [April 2016]

the new note nears quickly
improvisation composing itself as a composition composing improvisationality

July 5, 2018
Cavatina "Largo al factotum della città" - Rossini - Failoni Chamber Orchestra (Budapest), Will Humburg, Roberto Servile, Sonia Ganassi, Ramon Vargas, Angelo Romero, Franco de Grandis, Hungarian Radio Chorus [from The Barber of Seville (Highlights)]

intricate prestissimo blah blah blah
tour de articulation

Irish Black Bottom - Louis Armstrong's Hot Five [from Hot Fives and Sevens]

wide open window to another celebration
when it is over
feels empty

Tweedledy Dee - Elvis Presley [from First Live Recordings]

clearly worked over before release
with vinyl surface noise just as clearly audible
no-one was, apparently, thinking history and collecting quality data

(He's) The Great Imposter - The Fleetwoods [from The Very Best of the Fleetwoods - Come Softly To Me]

Requiem Cantlicles - Stravinsky - Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Stravinsky

categorically disparate rhythms
though coordinate
choral sound disblending as instruments perfectly
voices instruments solos chorus - all treated emphatically impersonally
each is there to function just so
not anybody's show really
as though these were sound samples pulled from hammer space

July 10, 2018
Jascha Horenstein reminisces with Alan Blyth

". . . nineteen tzwolve . . . Webern and Berg were the ushers who controlled the membership cards . . . enowmously tense and inhibited . . . Vienna is the only place in the world . . . a closed shop . . . icy cold every inch the emperor of music . . . "

Well I Just Might Do That - University of Washington Contemporary Group Improvisation Ensemble [July 1981]

barbasol theater
it's got lemon in it
an historic moment for proto Banned Rehearsal
in that we were beginning to spill out of academic oversight
into sessions which we then inflated into legend out of all proportion to the actual results
good thing most of the sound is lost
come inside you'll catch your
mind your mother
clump clump clomp clomp

4th of July, Asbury Park - Bruce Springsteen [from Bruce Springsteen Live 1975-1985]

full blown legend domain see your life as mythic grandeur
your face here

July 11, 2018
Banned Rehearsal 267 - John E, Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Aaron Keyt [September 1991]

in the past I have made errors in that regard
moan tube scolding big red bag of fun
soft skinned rattle of rattles
semi independent double reeds
finger independent righty lefty
breath dependent if each speaks or in turn
jalopy rattle get it firing tambourine
this sounds like Aaron's now defunct electric organ
rather than the funmaker
30 minutes in not a dud moment really
concerns itself with another subject than the terrain we experience
much as geology arose from metallurgy and mining
Mr. Punch you are a bad bad man
diabolic plotting encrustations of narratives' remains
realms are missing
music is an abstraction of activity
informing our future selves of the past reporting back truly what we say
common pulse theory

DX7 - Brad Anderson [from Dark Energy - Interstellar Pianos]

probes in substance with danger traps beacons left behind
creatures that feed on geyser's edge in pitch darkness

July 12, 2018
Day Signals Sonic Nebula - S. Eric Scribner [from Stormsound Cycle, live at the Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle, on May 21, 2011]

slow circle
stethoscope to deeper tunnel
clanging cagebars
rain drops what zooms by cares not
performance as self preservation
face of impervious
the slowly drawn circle nears, lurking, respiring
a membrane within the sound
cessation without conclusion

July 17, 2018
Finnegans Wake Chapter 4 - Rio Matchett [from Waywords and Meansigns]

immediate: as though related over morning breakfast finger thump on table
scifi traffic medievaly chanting past on the interstar
repletely misoverheard
leaning close over the cafe table
not fussy about the jointures
color not corrected as gossip passed
then report per radio tv with background

July 18, 2018
Duetto "All'idea di quel metallo"- Rossini - Failoni Chamber Orchestra (Budapest), Will Humburg, Roberto Servile, Sonia Ganassi, Ramon Vargas, Angelo Romero, Franco de Grandis, Hungarian Radio Chorus [from The Barber of Seville (Highlights)]

light orchestral touch
the air they breathe

You Made Me Love You - Louis Armstrong's Hot Five [from Hot Fives and Sevens]

not much space on these old tracks, timewise or dynamical
best to fill it completely

Tynan Tyme - Chet Baker, Art Pepper [from Playboys]

now we got us some elbow room

A Thing Of The Past - The Shirelles [from Shirelles Anthology]

such subtlety of vocal pressure
just exactly the right weight given to each part of each syllable

no slop

Secret Agent Man - Johnny Rivers [collected from Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul]

something in the sound is often repressed

July 19, 2018
Selections from Finian's Rainbow - Lake Washington Singers, Betty Eisenbrey, Joanne Deacon [from my mom's tape of a concert given May 4, 1971]

extended medley or truncated show
Irish as ethnic quaint (harmless) lesser European pastoral
LA < > NY
Hollywood < > Broadway
good enough modulations (not to write home about)

Universal Corner - X [from Wild Gift]

measures measuring measuring measures

In Session at the Tintinabulary

July 2, 2018
Banned Rehearsal 962 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy, Aaron Keyt, Neal Kosály-Meyer

July 16, 2018
Assembly Rechoired 57 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy