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Saturday, February 12th, 2011
10:21 am
"As Ever, Milton"
Just reading a couple of tributes to serialist composer Milton Babbitt, who died two weeks ago.

The 2nd para talks about the many tributes...not that I'll google but do not be stunned to find as much talk about what an impenetrable theorist he was, one whose ideas can now be consigned to the dustbin of history, and the like.

There were many oddities about Milton if you choose to bring a certain set of preconceptions about the scene he was part of: a Princetonian scholar (easily translates as 'stuffy academic') whose best known piece is the v modern sounding synth piece Philomel but who grew up with jazz and knew its songbook (correct me, my memory on this stuff is faulty now). Indeed wrote a piece for jazz ensemble -- which isn't all that but is prophetic in my head of the deep links that jazz and classical composers would establish and that continue today.

Cruel history will probably add him as a footnote as the man who wrote a piece called 'who cares if you listen?'. It was originally titled 'the composer as specialist'. Not that I have read it but I may get round to it. Unlike the history as written by guys called 'Sebag-Montefiore'.

But I guess the point is (and this Sat am scribbling doesn't have much of one) that Milton presented the following: much of the classical I enjoy is easy to like: its 'fast', has peaks and troughs, its emotions are easy to read. Milton doesn't have that going for it. Its not so much "who cares if you listen" but "who cares to talk about it". Looks at the 'Music and Society' msg board that was closed down this week for lack of posts. It wasn't a Princetonian msg board by any means (actually covered the stuff I liked, and it has a history) but they were quite favourable to it.

Scary music which kills speech...yeah.
Saturday, December 18th, 2010
1:37 pm
Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart) RIP
Really awful hearing about this in thrash like 'Late Review', using this to beat up the 'music scene' when not one person is interested anymore (and that includes Morley).

No Youtube videos. Laptop is shot but its just as well as now I can fill this post with some truths today.
Sunday, December 12th, 2010
10:23 am
More links for the week
After listening to the Nine Rivers cycle (so want to type up a few notes but no time, but will try to update this entry later) in yesterday's edition of Hear and Now I went on for more of my Sunday morning new music fix and I found a version of Finnissy's brill 'English country tunes' accompanied by a dancer.

Its from 1984 when people hadn't figured out how to film much yet.

Nine Rivers broadcast on Radio 3 last night was great - its available here if you scroll past Tom Service's babyish face to press the play button.
Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
7:58 pm
Monday, October 25th, 2010
6:04 pm
Jazz Advance (Free Jazz/Improvisational Music Blog)
Richard Oyama, a friend of my friends Nina and Kevin, has, along with a friend of his, just started a blog called Jazz Advance, intending to "cover Sixties avant-garde jazz and the evolution of improvisational music in the U.S. to the present." He'll be linking my old Voice piece on the Contortions soon, and I'll write him a short intro.


Among other things, they'll "investigate jazz influences upon rock musicians like the Byrds, Doors, Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia, Neil Young, Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, and Wilco's Nels Cline. This blog will also discuss Miles Davis's electric music, which borrowed from James Brown and Sly & the Family Stone."

So far they've had posts on Threadgill, Zorn, Coleman, Oliver Lake, and Lester Bangs. ("Bangs throws down the gauntlet, saying most rock 'n' roll is 'garbage noise,' while 'great jazz is great art.' But 'garbage noise can also be great art,' citing the VU, Sex Pistols and Iggy Pop & the Stooges. No matter the musicianship, free jazz and punk meet at that intersection of 'brain-shredding intensity.'")
Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
11:45 am
Turnage-Beyoncé chatter
Note actual "classical" music content on a comment thread on my very own lj:

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
3:13 pm
Thursday, May 20th, 2010
5:55 pm
Jazz Britannia!

^Quite a breezy look back: but it might be fascinating to read his columns from '56.
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
2:33 pm
My colleague who runs an improv night has just donated me a bunch of CDs including one by a band that apparently made my boss physically ill during one of their gigs and one called 'Peckham Pop' which was recorded in the Klinker!

Anyway this can only mean one thing! SKRONK POLL:

Which of these song titles sound any good at all?Collapse )
Saturday, November 14th, 2009
5:58 pm
Music blogs that Sukratters will likely like
Two music blogs that Sukrattists will likely like:

Bug Melter

Bug Me Later

(Each blog is by AKinCLE, who sometimes posts on my livejournal. We used to play music together, back in the days of the good old times.)
Monday, September 28th, 2009
2:46 pm
From Hungary, 1979, this week's best thing ever
Panta Rhei, the hungarian ELP, go space disco. Yesssssssss!

You can d/l their entire back catalogue here

(thanks to http://twitter.com/projectmoonbase for the heads up)
Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
10:05 am
A unique musical release
Last week my old roommate Jim sent me a link and the cheerful message: "Hope you're enjoying yourselves in the manners of your choosing. If so, this will soon put a stop to it." Further research unearths this:

I find the piano playing almost as special as the singing.
Saturday, June 28th, 2008
11:07 am
Its that time of year...

Everyone, I'm sure, can recall when Richard Emsley seemed to break the sound barrier on poptmists. And here he is again, a premier of a new chamber cycle. The title of this concert series and the piece probably gives the game away as to what sort of piece it might be -- its not music we'd like to hear bcz it isn't supported very well with more concerts or promotion, but music we'd like to hear but cannot as its in the threshold: more of those Feldman-like 'conversations' with sound then. I'm sure there is a bit of the bitterness of the former, but certainly the latter as well.

The 2nd week looks good as well. Will be nice to hear Satie, among others such as Johnson, Frey.

hoho see you there.
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
1:31 pm
Hello wise sukrat people. An LJ friend of mine wants to listen to Merzbow and needs recommendations of where to start. Do you have any suggestions pls?
Sunday, April 27th, 2008
11:05 am
Duchamp fest!
Anyone been to the Duchamp show at the Modern? Planning to go sometime before it ends (may 26th)

Sunday, March 30th, 2008
12:24 am
Wednesday, March 26th, 2008
3:53 pm
Lollards is winding down -- last show tonight! -- but dry yr eyes and defuzz yr lesser thoracic palps bcz we have EXCITING NEWS for our LOYAL LISTENERS, viz 1 x new eight-week series on Resonance FM 104.4 starting next Tuesday, 1 April 10-11pm.


A Bite of Stars, a Slug of Time, and Thou
will delve deep into the science fiction short stories of SF's Golden and Silver Ages. The pulp and avant-garde writing of c.1935-65 has fallen out of public memory; hosts ELISHA SESSIONS and MARK SINKER and their astounding guests* will return to this forgotten motherlode, once bedrock of the entire field. Eli will read evocative extracts, then quiz Mark and guest on authors, styles, subtexts sexual and political, technique, value, impact and legacy, plus changing fashions and meanings in backdrop, tech and alien allure -- and anything else that pops into their pulsating crystalline brain-lobes.

THERE WILL BE SPOILERS! hurrah so we will announce the story in advance, and you can read it if you like.

Episode one:
Extracts from John W. Campbell's 1938 classic novella WHO GOES THERE?
Guest = "Starry" Sarah Clarke, Hegemon Ambassadrix of the Nebuline Dark-Matter Cluster J-Pop 9

*viz Fellow Lollards and more: fans, experts, creators, backroom boffins, visitors and elder beings overground AND underground, squamous AND unnameable...

Sunday, March 16th, 2008
12:13 pm
Thursday, February 28th, 2008
12:46 pm
piano admin
mum's favourite pianotuner just rang to say the piano at dad's house is a semitone below concert pitch and does this matter? "we could try tuning it up but you might not have a piano at all after the experiment!"

a: send it to steinway factory to be reconditioned = wd cost c.£10,000
b: tune it within itself a semitone below proper pitch = will cost £38.oo

aw he seems a lovely man -- he remembered i used to play double bass even though i never met him face to face, i don't think
Friday, February 1st, 2008
6:03 pm
What I am listening to now:
My metal frenzy has wained, and I find myself re-embracing indie. This is nice noise, I think. I like that the drummer is playing a different tune.

Parts & Labor: "The Gold We're Digging"

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