Radio Aporee: River Song, Scots singer Kirsty Law singing the Border Ballad ‘Clerk Saunders’ inside the Summerhouse, Old Melrose, in the Scottish Borders. Recorded in September 2013, this well known Border Ballad is taken back into the heart of the environment from which it was produced, sung and eventually written. The Summerhouse at Old Melrose lies directly opposite Scott’s View. The piece explores the song in the context of the resonance of the architecture of the historic building.
Recomposed By Max Richter: Antonio Lucio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons - “Winter 3”
Daniel Hope / Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin / André de Ridder
I have a really vivid childhood memory. I must be around 10 or 11 listening Vivaldi with the headphones in my family’s summer house. The cassette tape had a butterfly on it.
After all those years, this recording is giving me intense mixed feelings.
(please use your headphones.)
John Cage's Suite for Toy Piano. I. II. III. IV. V.
LA MONTE YOUNG & THE THEATRE OF ETERNAL MUSIC- 28 XI 63 THE OVERDAY (EXCERPT)
THEATRE OF ETERNAL MUSIC (bootleg, 1963 & 1964 / 2013)
Right around Christmas, a new La Monte Young bootleg appeared, mysterious and without direct attribution, as these things often do. I only found it through Fusetron, where it sold out almost instantly—so it appears here as a download. (I don’t have much compunction about bootlegging bootleggers.)
Three of the four tracks here—all excerpts of longer pieces—have found their way onto previous unofficial releases, while the excerpt of “30 X 63 Day Of Hummingbird Night” appears to be new. Having just finished Edward Strickland’s (excellent) survey Minimalism: Origins, I’m reminded while listening to this music of how strong John Coltrane’s influence was on Young and many of his peers. Conrad, Cale, and Zazeela mostly lay down the tonal foundation here while MacLise and Young push towards some kind of ecstatic blur on hand drums and sopranino saxophone, respectively. Somehow “less is more” and “more is less” both apply at the same time, in a fascinating way.
Though I think I prefer Young’s later work with Zazeela more than the recordings made with this group, it’s foundational music for many other artists and should absolutely be encountered, at least in passing.