Thursday, June 25, 2009

"musical mode" is a group of sounds corresponding to a specific emotional climate

ram narayan - inde du nord, l'art du sarangi - ocora radio france - 1998
recorded june 1979

title refers to the raga, from the notes by tran van khe

Thursday, June 18, 2009

seven come eleven, bukka white use to call them sky songs cause he'd reach up and pull'em out of the sky

townes van zandt - nashville sessions (seven come eleven)
tomato records - 1993
recorded 1972

he began playing guitar at 15, and he learned his second chord at 21

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

swing meaning the traditional coloring of the energy that moves the music

cecil taylor - the complete candid recordings
of cecil taylor and buell neidlinger
- mosaic - 1989

with buell neidlinger, billy higgins, dennis charles, sunny murray, charles davis, steve lacy, archie shepp, roswell rudd, clark terry

(title from a spellman's four lives in the bebob business)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

la vraie musique des sphères

john cage - sixty-eight / quartets I-VIII - hat hut records - 1995
(lucas vis & radio-sinfonie-orchester frankfurt)

écoutez la musique religieusement, comme si ses accents étaient les derniers que vous dussiez entendre
- henry david thoreau - journal

les sons sont des bulles à la surface du silence. elles éclatent. la question est de savoir combien de bulles il y a sur le silence.
- john cage - silence
from notes for release; la vraie musique des sphères by franck mallet

(listen religiously, as if its accent were the last that you would ever her)
(the sounds are bubbles on the surface of silence. the burst. the question is to know how many bubbles there are on silence)

Monday, June 8, 2009

to express a novel with a single gesture

anton webern - the complete string trios and quartets - auvidis montaigne - 1994
(arditti string quartet)

one may consider the restraint required to express oneself so concisely. into each glance is compressed a whole poem; into each sigh, an entire novel. but; to express a novel with a single gesture, to express utter joy with a single breath; the presence of such concentration can only be found where there is a corresponding absence of indulgent self-pity.
arnold schoenberg - from his introduction to webern's bagatelle published in 1924

Saturday, June 6, 2009

the central region (for michael snow)

evan parker lawrence casserley - solar wind - touch - 1997
photography by karen mirza

michael snow - la région centrale - 1971

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

dissolved in sound

luigi nono - prometeo - emi - 1995

no less important was the ability of these texts to act as a catalyst in generating purely musical structures. the meaning of the words was literally dissolved in sound.
- jürg stenzl - notes for release

Monday, June 1, 2009

polar night

thomas köner - kaamos - mille plateaux - 1988

images from jürgen reble's chicago - 1996

marked by layers of residue, shifting abstract surfaces, chemical traces, scratches and blotches, as though a virus has infected the image, distorting its tone and colour, imbuing it with unusual textures and a strange aura. in these films destructive processes are the creative aesthetic agent.
- steven ball * on the work of jürgen reble, which could also work for kaamos, especially the track with reble; tabula smaragdina