Site News

As you may have noticed, we have a new site.

Long, painful story boiled down: AMN was getting a lot of bot/spider/crawler traffic, as well as high-volume requests from various locations attempting index, download or copy the entire site.  My (now previous) hosting service had been complaining about this for over two weeks.  I spent about 35 hours over that period of time doing everything I could to reduce the load.  Load was reduced, but not to their satisfaction.  I was frustrated, losing sleep, getting behind at work, and not spending enough time with the family.  Ultimately, the problem the site was having was beyond my control.

So, I’ve moved the site to another provider that should be able to handle the load issues.  I hope.  I’m going to give it a couple of weeks here before I declare success.

In the mean time, there are a few features that we no longer have at AMN, and some new features to try out as well.  Despite the site being fully operational at this point, I’ll be working over the next few days to get a few minor things in order.

One difficulty that some of you may have is that you might be getting redirected to the old site.  This problem should go away over the next several days, as DNS records are propagated.  If you’re still having problems by the end of the week, drop me a line.

I appreciate your patience during the transition.

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JACK Quartet at RPI

Earle Brown
Cover of Earle Brown

From Troy, NY’s EMPAC:

JACK Quartet
Friday, December 9, 8 PM
EMPAC Troy, NY
$18 general admission / $13 students + seniors

A string quartet performance in two acts featuring three pieces from the 1960s to the present that play with conventions of music notation and performance, and a haunting 30-minute piece from the 1990s with an uncanny spectral interplay.

+ Program:

* Earle Brown, String Quartet
* Peter Ablinger, Wachstum und Massenmord
* Alex Mincek, String Quartet No. 3 “lift-tilt-filter-split”

– intermission –

* Horaţiu Rădulescu, String Quartet No. 5 “before the universe was born”

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Newsbits

A new recording of Ives sonatas is reviewed.

Performances of the music of Poul Ruders, Sun Ra, and Tomas Stanko will take place this coming week in London.

Jandek will play at Houston’s Nameless Sound Saturday, December 17, 2011, 6 pm, At the Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross Street.

Nate Wooley will play Portland December 18th, 2011 at the Bamboo Grove Salon (134 SE Taylor, 971-207-8476)  on at 8pm with Jonathan Sielaff (bass clarinet, Golden Retriever), Eva Aguila (electronics, Kevin Shields), Dan Sasaki (drums) and Jordan Dykstra (viola, Dash!). Sliding scale door $5-15.  8PM.

The complete recording of the February 15, 2011 performance by Paul Dunmall (saxophones and bagpipes), Han-earl Park (guitar) and Mark Sanders (drums) is now available for download. Recorded at The Lamp Tavern, Birmingham, presented by Mike Hurley/Fizzle.