"Imagine, I say to myself, that each time you listen to music, you are hearing it as if it is being
composed, invented, impromptu, for you, each time you listen. Clearopen your mind and ears and listen to what you hear as if you've never heard anything quite like it before. You are the traveler who does not prepare for an approaching journey by reading every book on places to be visited or sights to be seen, the traveler who awaits what there is to be discovered and who might not mind getting lost once in a while -- not the traveler for whom descriptions and reproductions and photographs become, or subsequently remain, the reality.
And here I am reminded of a quip I came across last year: A grandmother is wheeling her grandchild in a carriage. A stranger stops, looks in, and exclaims, 'What a beautiful child!', to which the grandmother replies, 'Yes, but you should see his photograph!'"
Elaine Barkin "In Your Own Verse: a.k.a. 'An Alice is Lost'" from "e : an anthology"
August 24, 2019
So Sad About Us - The Who [from A Quick One]
love the luh luh luh luh luh luh luh bridge
They sing past each other.
All those resources harnessed, disciplined, brought to bear, and in the end it seems, largely, to be an exercise in exactly that: resource accumulation, hoggery.
not particularly anything ever at any moment nor in any part
dead pan plastering of the infantile upon the impenetrable
opacity upon opacity exhaustively exhausting of any energy
nothing feeds back
one way communique
August 25, 2019
Assembly Rechoired 6 - Karen (Meyer) Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey [August 1986]
Historical Note: This is probably the last half house session ever.
trademark bell clang then du then the music box given to me by the jerk of a landlord when I was living in the barn in Red Hook drummer dog cymbal ape entertainer given (music box) by Tina at work choo choo train
That sound is probably the rock played by the bone.
the rock gong the bone I found as a kid in Freeland on Holmes Harbor the pickeldu the chinese oboe my mom gave me for Christmas one year (now the "Obo Roi") the bug guitar (garage/yard sale, Freeland) the alligator that lives in the bathroom given to me be Alison W on my birthday conch shell given to be by my parents african horn given by parents for Christmas 1985 3 little bells (junkshop in Kingston, New York) with trademark bell for $20 shopping with Charles Stein bamboo flute my brother gave me bass ocarina that Karen once played for an entire session the whistle bought the same day I bought the guiro AND the funmaker 5 string guitar the funmaker or a march in d minor the swing real slow.
It can do lots.
but we have limited time harmonica (my brother) train whistle (parents) boatswain whistle Karen's uke the one with the notes on the front so you know how it's tuned the recorders (my brideprice, inventory of) claves (Nogales, my mom's) bell (little brother)
This bell has the white house and the capital building souvenir stand outside of the commerce building in Washington DC toy piano (Jaymar (now destroyed)) the one string indian ukulele gourd rattle (Nogales) drum rattle on a stick given to me by Pam from San Francisco guiro sacrificed to the loft
the clavichord the right maraca and the left maraca bunch of beaters and it in turn is playing the guitar should we play the march? el march, el Aaronsbundler
the sound you get when you dive right in fuck it all rimshot backbeat
Rex Tremendae - Hector Berlioz - Atlanta Symphony and Chorus, Robert Shaw [from Robert Shaw Master of the First Art]
remember :: first tenor :: high C
Shaw is getting some interesting theatrical tempo effects, and now I am interested in what he was thinking for the whole Requiem. He plays every event as an interruption, which is actually a pretty amazing moment by moment elucidation of what he was digging about this piece.
August 26, 2019
Gradus 106 - Neal Kosály-Meyer [October 2006]
still back in the 30 minute session mode
completion of the first 6 A naturals
yet another riff on the stretches where nothing happens but waiting for the stretch where nothing happens to be done, and dogma.
vis-a-vis 4'33", i.e., the sounds that are out there in ambienceland are part of the music
well, possibly. but what if I deny it?
as in, why insist on that way to take it?
what if those sounds out there in the ambience just don't cut it for me? as music? fall flat?
frankly, what I find more interesting is the development of pitch composition within these limited sets of notes, intentionally maximizing potentials
the very antipode of emptiness
August 27, 2019
Tumbi Medley - Balvinder Mast [from Bollygood vol. 1]
a stringed instrument plucked and light percussion with some fluid roll to it
too bad it's stuck in pop four four
Focus - St. Rage [at the Common Good Cafe August 2016]
Sonata in A Major, K. 39 - Antonio Scarlatti - Pieter Jan Belder
Symphony in D minor (#3) - Gustav Mahler - London Symhony Orchestra, Georg Solti
I'm so dired
operatic songform overladen with dramatic context
the chorus of
interrupted by the chorus of
upted by the
now he has gone and got it great with soliloquy
without a stage, this music is incomprehensible
songs in the between story
The pleasure of Mahler, if such could ever be a pleasure, is following the twists and turns of chromatic implications within the part work
his swift changes of focus, near to far, though, never quite manage the swiftness of CPE Bach's cognitive re-groupings, it is far too elephantine to thread those mercurial needles
In Session at the Tintinabulary
August 30, 2019
Aus Meine Herzen's Grunde - Keith Eisenbrey - Keith Eisenbrey
August 31, 2019
Our food our lives - Keith Eisenbrey - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey
Before we got married I asked Karen to write two prayers for our future family life, one for bedtime and one for mealtime. She did. I then set them so that they could be sung and presented the scores to her as my wedding gift. The score of the bedtime grace hangs in our bedroom, and that of the mealtime grace hangs near the table. We have been singing them daily now for nearly 33 years, but had never recorded them, so now I did.
limited is measurement for some p such
may be independent p as e.g.
interval similitude subsets as
sliding through the splash
a striking music
of such murders