Sunday, June 07, 2009

Prelude 3


In the spirit of enjoying the time...


Prelude 3 (In Lemon Light).wav - Herion

Thursday, June 04, 2009

I've Been Sleepy



Another Mad Man's Laughter improvisation from the vaults.

Me: Trusty Hammond Organ M3
Sean: bran'new Ludwig drum set and ye'olde Chroma Polaris


Die Sonne.wav - Mad Mans Laughter

Monday, April 20, 2009

Hawking



The dude keeps it real.

Hawking was my first intellectual hero when I was a kid. Dad brought home the Errol Morris Brief History of Time and I remember protesting as he put the VHS in the player. But learning about black holes led to an elementary school mystical experience. It was probably one of the defining influences of my life.

Hearing him communicate so frankly about humanity surviving beyond life on Earth is both disturbing and a breath of fresh air. If science has brought us any understanding, it is certainly that life is a precious thing in the universe and human consciousness in particular. To think that human will could alone determine the future of whether human consciousness survives or ends on this planet... it seems to be a thought that I stopped considering as a teenager. Perhaps it was too fantastic or overwhelming. Too Star Wars. But really, too godly.

But the dude keeps it real. What's more honest than that smile at the end? Serious.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

mmmbira



I watch this video at least every month. Can't help but smile when the shakers come in. The time is coming to learn to play this shona music...

Germination


As another
One found to suppress
The most distant number of them all

Best not to worry
make do make do

Best not to worry
make do

In the evening
In lemon light
If hunger has come not to bear

Best not to worry
make do make do

Best not to worry
make do

Plant a seed under
A picture of water
There's no breath one cannot spare

Best not to worry
make do make do

Best not to worry
make do

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Beat Furrer

or Beat F├╝hrer as I like to call him. waka waka waka. No but seriously-- his beats are real good.

Yeah, Beat is my main man this week. Forgive the crude description - but his music brings to mind some sort of Stravinsky/Feldman hybrid brought to life through coked-out Boulez orchestrations.

I was actually hoping to find some video of his mono-drama piece FAMA since the music recording and descriptions sound amAzing. Anyone in Switzerland see this one? Hit me up with a review.

Anyway, here's an audio clip of Nuun for 2 pianos and orchestra. Enjoy with loud speakers or headphones.



Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tesla's Legacy

Yet another reason why I should start going to monster truck rallies.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Miraculous Mandarin

One of the more exciting openings. I've never seen Christoph von Dohnanyi conduct before, though his grandfather, Ernst von Dohnanyi was one of the reasons I became a composer.

The camera lens stands out in this clip. Lots of great focusing. At times it even looks like Dohnanyi is conducting in front of a bluescreen - which is surely an idea that is moments away from being gobbled up by the geniuses of orchestra outreach programs.



Oh, and as a matter of record - last night I encountered some hellaviolence while jogging. Eight (8)of them - took my ipod too. I'm okay - just bruised and sore. I happened to be listening to the fifth door of Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle. Intensity. Anyway, maybe my 8-gig ipod will offer up some rare musical gems to the inner city.