Thursday, September 29, 2016

New Issue of Sound American Devoted to Anthony Braxton

The latest issue of Nate Wooley's excellent online journal Sound American is devoted to Anthony Braxton. It's an amazing issue. It focuses on the last two decades of Braxton's work, including essays on the Ghost Trance Music, Pine Top Aerial Music, Echo Echo Mirror House Music, the Trillium Operas, and so much more. There's a generous helping of views of Braxton's scores and advice on how to interpret them, as well as numerous sound files that help illustrate the various concepts. It's a wealth of Braxtonia!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New Ting Ting Loft Upcoming Gig at Strange Matter Wed. Sept. 28

Don't go home! Instead, come out and see New Ting Ting Loft at Strange Matter this Wednesday, part of their "Locals Only" series, curated by RAIC. Four exciting acts, many minutes of fun.

Details here:

Playlist, Week of 2016-09-25

Playlist 2016-09-26:

*Art Ensemble of Chicago: 1982-11-27 Pension Building, Washington DC (CDR)
*Art Ensemble of Chicago: 1987-03-08 Nightstage, Cambridge MA (CDR)
*Daniel Barbiero/Sam Byrd/Jimmy Ghaphery: 2016-08-27 Rhizome, Washington DC (wav)
*Daniel Barbiero & Mauro Sambo: Project 6'27" (streaming)
*Sam Byrd: Sound Row No. 7 (various versions) (wav)
*Rodger Coleman: Real Gone
*Massimo Discepoli/Daniel Barbiero: An Eclipse of Images
*Baby Dodds: Talking and Drum Solos
*Dutch Jazz Orchestra: Portrait of a Silk Thread: Newly Discovered Works of Billy Strayhorn
*Duke Ellington: The Complete 1936-1940 Variety, Vocalion, and Okeh Small Group Sessions (disc 5)
*Laneville-Johnson Union Brass/Lapsey Band: Country Brass Bands
*Ingrid Laubrock Anti-House: Roulette of the Cradle
*Ingrid Laubrock: Ubatuba
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2016-08-22 "Something About Not Knowing What Silence Sounds Like" (wav)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2016-09012: "Articulate Responses to Vague Problems" (wav)
*Numinous Opossum: Find the Burrow and Bury Your Head
*Evan Parker & AMM: Title Goes Here
*RAIC: 2016-09-01 "Lovers Never Leave" Sound of Music Studios, RVA (youtube)
*Sun Ra Arkestra: ca. 1969-1970 Slug's Saloon, NYC (CDR)
*Sun Ra: Concert for the Comet Kohoutek
*Sun Ra: 1973-07-04 Flushing Meadow Park, Queens NY (CDR)
*Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Research Arkestra: Planets of Life or Death, Amiens '73
*Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Research Arkestra: Out Beyond the Kingdom Of (side 1)
*Sun Ra: 1974-06-16 Hunter College, NYC (CDR)
*Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Research Arkestra: It Is Forbidden
*Henry Threadgill Zooid: In for a Penny, In for a Pound (disc 1)
*Cecil Taylor Unit: 1985-05-02 Chicago (CDR)
*John Zorn: Cobra: John Zorn's Game Pieces, Vol. 2
*Heldon: Un Rêve Sans Conséquence Spéciale
*Jefferson Pilot: 2016 Demos/Rough Mixes (CDR)
*National Health: 1979-11-05 Boston (CDR) (disc 1)
*UYA: 1989-11-16 Gig Loss Gratification (wav)
*UYA: 1989-11-12 Pendragon Pole (wav)
*UYA: 1989-11-19 Later (wav)
*Tom Waits: Bad As Me

Reading List, Week of 2016-09-25

Reading List 2016-09-26:

*Hornby, Nick. More Baths, Less Talking (started)
*Crumb, Aline and R. Drawn Together (in progress)
*Knausgaard, Karl Ove. My Struggle, Book Five: Some Rain Must Fall (transl. Don Bartlett) (in progress)
*Martin, Judith. Miss Manners' Guide to Domestic Tranquility (in progress)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sound Row No. 7

I am pleased to present some recordings of "Sound Row No. 7," a composition by Daniel Barbiero. It took me a while to get my act together on this one. I didn't really have a recording device until I finally got a smartphone. And the score calls for a bow, which is not part of my arsenal. I was able to borrow one from Ben Scott of New Ting Ting Loft. Bowing is definitely not my forte...I'd need a few years to practice. That being said, it was fun to try to coax some sounds of a Chinese cymbal and a smaller (maybe 4-inch diameter) cymbal I have.

Here are some shots of the original score:

And here's what I came up with: a short version and two longer versions. 
This was definitely a challenge! Keeping all the components straight and trying not to make any noise in between parts was tricky. You can hear my drum stool squeak at times, but hey, that's all part of the "individual body responses of the performer," right?

RAIC Video, September 1 2016, Sound of Music

Here is video from the RAIC (Richmond Avant Improv Collective) gig a couple of weeks ago at the Sound of Music Studio here in Richmond. The lineup:

Samuel Goff: drums, percussion, electronics, vocals
Sam Byrd: drums, percussion
Jimmy Ghaphery: tenor sax, clarinet, conch shell
Justin Shear: guitar
Jake Snider: tenor guitar, electronics
Jeremiah Shriver: bass, electronics

Monday, September 19, 2016

Playlist, Week of 2016-09-18

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Nice interview with Dan here about this wonderful album!

Playlist 2016-09-19:

*Anthony Braxton Quintet: 1979-09 Minneapolis (CDR)
*Massimo Discepoli/Daniel Barbiero: An Eclipse of Images
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Vol. 9 (disc 2)
*Mary Halvorson Quintet: Bending Bridges
*Fletcher Henderson: Developing an American Orchestra 1923-1937
*Instant Composers Pool: Hilversum Radio Broadcasts, Vol. 1 (1967) (CDR)
*Ingrid Laubrock: Ubatuba
*Mindbreath Trio: 2015-01-10 Union Arts, Washington DC (wav)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2016-08-22 "Something About Not Knowing What Silence Sounds Like" (wav)
*Paradoxical Frog: 2012-09-21 Firehouse 12, New Haven CT (CDR) (disc 2)
*RAIC: 2016-08-13 Richmond VA (mp3)
*Sun Ra: The Universe Sent Me
*Sun Ra: Outer Space Employment Agency [Ann Arbor 1973]
*Sun Ra: Live in Paris at the "Gibus"
*Sun Ra and the Space Research Humanitarian Myth Science Arkestra: 1981-01-07 Whitney Museum, NYC (CDR)
*Deerhoof: Fever 121614
*Guided By Voices: Suitcase Four (Captain Kangaroo Won The War) (disc 4)
*OOIOO: 2015-12-06 San Francisco (CDR)
*Richard Pinhas/Yoshida Tatsuya: Welcome in the Void
*Prince: Montreux Jazz Festival 2013/From The Soundboard, Vol. 1 (disc 1)