Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Genius of Animals: Transcribed Beasts Crying for Beats

Why is this happening only now? A composer transcribes birdsong and the result is strikingly similar to the quirky 12 tone mannerisms of Alban Berg and Arnold Schoenberg of a hundred years ago. Why hasn't a hip hop producer put bird loops or whale song (see below) to beats yet?

Pete Wyer is British so his bird melodies will have a particularly limey bent – blackbirds, robins, chaffinches, goldfinches, wrens, song thrushes, and maybe an odd parakeet in the mix. The piece was created by working from recordings of birdsong, slowing them down, and transcribing them for human voices.

The actual singing begins at 1:20:



John Cage took a similar swing at whale music in 1980. The piece is described as a 25-minute monody with two uncannily similar voices (Alan Bennett and Paul Elliott) using only five notes in antiphonal phrases. The piece will require patience. It sounds much like a Gregorian chant or other early music.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Who's On First, Updated




For those of you gray enough to remember....

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hammer Time


Matthew Shipp, ivory hammerer and veteran of the '90s New York downtown scene, inflicts glorious keystroke violence here. (No doubt he's familiar with this lot.)

The tune is Cohesion and it's an orgy of percussive playing, sword fighting analog and digital sounds, hip hop influenced beats, caffeinated bass playing, and fat machine gun chording.

This is the rebirth of cool.


Sunday, May 3, 2015

What Is Music?


As that answer becomes ever more illusive, here comes another boundary pusher.


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Grooveshark, Dead in the Water


For the last few years this blog has been using Grooveshark and its player for sharing the music I write about. If you haven't heard, Grooveshark has suddenly ceased to exist. Not only have they ceased business operations but they've obliterated their players as well.

Therefore, all of the many songs I had posted from Grooveshark over the years on this blog have now simply disappeared.


You'll notice in many of the posts there are now large blank spaces where the missing players are. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Junk Food 1984


If you'd thought by 2015 1984 would be played out, you'd be wrong. This video is going viral as it's being hailed as what passes for genius in the world of mad men.

But that's not why I've posted it here. I've posted it because it is yet again another misuse of Blitzkrieg Bop, a song about Nazis executing Jews, as fodder for selling super high-fat, empty calorie-d, sodium bombs in the form of highly processed breakfast "food."



All of that aside, the graphics are dope as is their mix of Blitzkrieg Bop.

Sunday, March 8, 2015