music

Thinking about last night, it's the noise in music that's the music. If you're playing makamat, you've got history on your side, you've got sequences, grace-notes, referencings, dynamics, everything that makes the music; what you don't have is automation. Or think of Casals' cello bow sounds, sax/flute breathing in; it's everywhere. It's the body among other things. The noise isn't noise per se; it's shaped, it's what creates the fractal, chaotic, and accumulative aspects of improvisation (forget the reference here, bit blurry at the moment). All of these things are connected, interwoven with culture, with cultures, and the interweaving is what made me quit for example 'playing the blues' early on; there's a kind of inertia in me that believes it's impossible to go there, wherever there might be, in a kind of fullness I'd find necessary to even make the initial steps.

 
People: Alan Sondheim
Research: Sound
Tags: music, sound, research

my hasapi for YouTube

http://www.alansondheim.org/myhasapi.wmv

here's my hasapi for YouTube but they won't take it because
I'm banned from YouTube until I die and then I won't be able
to play this for you, I worked really hard on this and it
came out perfect except for the camera angel but the lighting
is really good and I hope you have the patients to enjoy it,
it's "my hasapi song" and I worked on it, thank you.

i'm so sorry it's a wmv but something must play it, I know
VLC will do nicely. and it's from my webcam!!! which some
laptops have now!!!

 



absinthe oud


http://www.alansondheim.org/absintheoud1.mp3

oud under absinthe, ud ounder absinthe

pain leaking away or is it was it, or what was it

first time for assuage

 
ululations, weeping in caverns

http://www.alansondheim.org/ululu1.mp3 oud, voice
http://www.alansondheim.org/ululu2.mp3 hasapi
http://www.alansondheim.org/ululu3.mp3 ken bau
with reverb/resonance out of control, sound is transformed from speech to murmur, 
 

anyway around for improvised music on anything? feeling lonely banging my fingers against strings these days. -

 
Tags: music

three of us playing a dinner-course interlude

http://espdisk.com/alansondheim/interlude.mp3

Goncalo Leonardo, bass; Azure Carter, voice, Alan Sondheim, saz

muddy but nonetheless strangely bizarre

 

At Blip Festival, the People are Almost as Cool as the Music

Leigh Alexander —At Blip Festival, the People are Almost as Cool as the MusicThe first thing I thought about this morning, as I opened my eyes, was that the cat trying to rouse me from my hung-over sleep sounded like a Game Boy.

The second thing is that I had a really, really good time at the opening show night of Blip Festival 2011 last night.

This year's Blip Festival was thrown at Eyebeam on New York City's West Side by a collective of chip musicians called 8bitpeoples, with help from NYC nonprofit The Tank.

 

As a founding member of the internationally renowned Paper Rad art collective, US-based electronic producer / multimedia artist Jacob Ciocci has developed a reputation as a creative powerhouse in his own right over the last decade or so... During the same period, he’s also maintained a steady presence amongst the US’s indie rave scene doing solo performances as ROTFLOL, and this self-explanatory-titled collection on Audio Dregs acts as a ‘best of’ of sorts, trawling back through ten years worth of cassettes, videos, animations, self-made CDRs and live recordings for its 24 tracks. In this case, Ciocci’s musical aesthetic certainly parallels the psychedelic eighties bent of his visual work, with the tracks here being composed in ASCII, before being recorded in realtime using vintage Casio keyboards and budget electronics. That said, it’s amazing just how much diversity and depth he’s able to wring out of his pallette and gamecore-centred sounds here.

 
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