New live recordings from Open Ears Music:
This is the audio archive from 26 Mar 08. The files are 128k VBR mp3s.
Set 1 – Rob Mazurek (cornet), Dan Oestreicher (saxes), Justin Peake (drums)
Set 1 (mp3)
Set 2 – Diesel Combustion Orchestra
The Edgetone Music Summit features experimental music the week of July 20-26, in San Francisco.
New music is breaking down barriers in Alabama:
Maybe it was the drawing power of Jonny Greenwood’s name, maybe the parties before and after at the Alys Stephens Center, but the Alabama Symphony drew a sold-out crowd Thursday that could only be described as, well, young.
Jeans and t-shirts outnumbered coats and ties. Regular symphony-goers mingled with 20-something newcomers. The ASO’s stated goal of attracting new audiences couldn’t have been realized any better.
On stage, the orchestra soaked up the ebullience, illuminating three works composed in the last four years with skill and inspiration.
The centerpiece was “Popcorn Superhet Receiver,” a work for string orchestra by Greenwood, better known as Radiohead’s lead guitarist, that made it to the soundtrack of “There Will Be Blood.” It recalls scores from the 1960s and 70s, when the avant garde was king. Shades of Penderecki, Xenakis and Ligeti abound in its dense harmonies and sound masses and eerie glissandos that converge and diverge. True to the work’s radio static-related title, Greenwood inserts a segment of percussive white noise with random string plucks using, appropriately, guitar picks.