Saturday, November 7, 2009

Martian Gardens for 11/08/2009

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Program for November 8, 2009

Heather O'Donnell: Study No. 21: Some Southpaw Pitching! (C. Ives)
Responses to Ives
Mode Records/2009
piano: H. O'Donnell; recorded at Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Köln, April, 2007

Steve Reich: City Life
a. Check it out
b. Pile driver/alarms
c. It's been a honeymoon...can't take no mo'
d. Heartbeats/boats and buoys
e. Heavy smoke

The Minimalists #
Mode Records/2009
Orkest De Volharding; conductor: Jessi Jaatinen; arrangements, sampler: Anthony Fiumara; piano: Sepp Grotenhuis; clarinets: Fie Schouten, Dominique Zwartele; recorded April 2009, MCO Studos, Hilversum, The Netherlands.

Jonty Harrison: Free Fall (from ReCycle)
Environs (DVD)
empreintes DIGITALes/2007

Massimo Carlentini: Recycling recycled
Electroacoustic Music From Sicily #
Electronic Music Foundation/2003
flute: Alessandra Marino

Francesco Galante: El Mio Paese e la Notte
Electroacoustic Music Volume VI #
Electroshock Records/1999

Adolfo Nuñez: The Nightingales Sing
Electroacoustic Music of Adolfo Nuñez
CD-R/2004 (compiled)
voice: Patrician Mikishka; text: Elizabeth Parsons

David Monacchi: Nightingale
ECO-Acoustic Compositions
Electronic Music Foundation--Earth Ear/2003
flute; environmental sounds: D. Monacchi; nightingales and incidental sounds recorded in the Marche region of Italy.

Pink Floyd: Cirrus Minor*
Soundtrack from the film More
Farfisa and Hammond organs, Binson Echoric platter echo: Richard Wright; acoustic guitar: David Gilmour; composition, vocals, lyrics: Roger Waters; other sound effects include samples from a field recording of bird songs entitled "Dawn Chorus," and a field recording of a nightingale, both issued by HMV in 1961 (according to Wikipedia, veracity uncertain).

Chris Watson: Mozambique Nightjar
Outside the Circle of Fire
Touch Records/1998
recorded October 1996 on the banks of the Zimbezi River, Zimbabwe

Richard Maxfield: Pastoral Symphony
The Oak of the Golden Dreams (Maxfield/Budd)
New World Records/1999

Bob Gluck: Cape Cod Imaginary Landscape (1974)
Electric Songs
Electronic Music Foundation/2003

David Dunn: Skydrift (excerpt)
Music, Language and Environment
Innova Recordings/1996
voices: Ellen Band, Ric Cupples, Dennis Dunn, Peter, Hamlin, Gene Johnson, Phil Keeney, Chris Robbins, Ronnald Robboy, Peter Seibel, Paul William Simons; flutes: Norbert Bach, Donna Caruso, David Savage, Jeri Webb; clarinets: Duane Lakin-Thomas, Christopher Marlowe, Robert Paredes, Larry Rhodes; trumpets: Alan Brewer, David Dickey, Larry Fant, Jack Logan,; trombones: Bob Burns, Ruessel Estes, Mark Mayer, Jeff Peterson, engineer: Eugene Wahl; realized 12/11/77 at Little Blair Valley, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California

Alvin Lucier: Nothing is Real (Lennon/McCartney)
Ghosts and Monsters -- Technology and Personality in Contemporary Music,
Leonardo Music Journal CD Series Volume 8 #
Electronic Music Foundation/1998
piano: Margaret Leng Tan; arr. A. Lucier; "Nothing is Real" is based on the melodic structure of The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" (1967), first released on the 1991 Capitol CD "Hyper Beatles" performed by Aki Takahashi, the Margaret Leng Tan version was recorded at Radio Bremen, February 1998.

Eldad Tsabary: Julia
Eldad Tsabary/CD-R compiled 2006
A 2005 electronic music composition based on the melodic line of The Beatles' "Julia" (1968), though, unlike Lucier's piece above, Tsabary renders the melody itself abstract enough not to warrant legal credit to Lennon/McCartney.

Richard Karpen: Denouement**
CDCM Computer Music Series Volume 12 #
Centaur Records/1992

Ignaz Schnick/Martin Tetreault: Cave 12 part 2

Francisco Lopez: ConOps (excerpt)
GD Stereo/2009

*I will leave who said it unsaid, but he said, "You're playing Pink Floyd? I thought you just did high art on Martian Gardens."
Well, if Pink Floyd isn't "high" art, I don't know what is.

**Karpen's 1991 computer music piece segues well with Tsabary's "Julia," but my selection of it above several other candidates relates to an eye-rolling comment Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) made in an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on November 5. This is in regard to Al Gore, John Kerry, big words, French words, and big French words.

In his insipid defense of Al Gore's former running mate in the 2004 presidential elections, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), who is now fighting behest of the health insurance crime syndicates to keep the health care of the American people under fascist tyranny, Gore declared: "I would urge people to wait until the denouement of this health care debate to see where it falls out because I do believe that Harry Reid is going to be successful in passing it very soon." (emphasis mine).

Along with the bogus narrative defaming Kerry's military service pushed by the equally bogus "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth," the right-wing attacked Kerry for his refined demeanor and good diction. We were all raised to believe these were positive attributes, but since George W. Bush was badly wanting for either, it was the Republican strategy to call Kerry's manner "elitist." They also appealed to longstanding American bigotry against the French by getting their pundits to say Mr. Kerry "looks French." What did this mean? French people look a lot of different ways. I suppose you could claim anybody of Indo-European heritage "looks French." It is scary how well the right-wing's vapid trashing of Kerry worked. It kept him on the defensive side for the entire campaign season. Certainly, Mr. Kerry's advisers told him not to use big words and not to use French words, and there was Al Gore (believe you me, the same rules apply to him) on national television using a big French word! But now it is late in 2009, and Mr. Gore is so irrelevant that even the troglodytes at FOX News didn't bother commenting. Thus, we see the denouement of Sen. Gore political career.