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by grant
Thu Jun 12, 2008 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: music theory of relativity.(i know the name don't make sense
Replies: 25
Views: 3049

Re: music theory of relativity.(i know the name don't make sense

I highly recommend Carl Wilson's short book called "lets talk about love: a journey to the end of taste"
It is an interesting look at the perceived conflict between musical integrity and popularity.
by grant
Fri May 16, 2008 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Sign here if you have completely random taste in music.
Replies: 13
Views: 2247

Re: Sign here if you have completely random taste in music.

Jarne wrote:Damnit. I clicked hoping that the thread was about aleatoric music.


I once 'mis-clicked' on the thread "how do you find New Music?" ready to answer "I find it to be quite interesting"
by grant
Wed May 07, 2008 1:02 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Wordless songs
Replies: 65
Views: 6535

Re: Wordless songs

I guess what i was hinting at in my first post was... perhaps it would be helpful to consider the difference between: 1 a piece of music that doesn't have singer(s) 2 a piece of music that does have a singer but not words, per se 3 a piece of music wherein an instrument is imitating music for voice,...
by grant
Mon May 05, 2008 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Wordless songs
Replies: 65
Views: 6535

Re: Wordless songs

how about Mendelssohn's Lieder ohne worte [songs without words].
by grant
Wed Apr 30, 2008 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Sampling: Love it or hate it it's the future! [IMHO]
Replies: 25
Views: 2500

Re: Sampling: Love it or hate it it's the future! [IMHO]

Some thoughts: Music and ownership: I have a hard time believing that people can own sounds. While I very much hope that musicians such as myself can make some income off of musical ventures, I do not feel like sounds made by me, and the machines in the immediate area, somehow belong to me. Italian ...
by grant
Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: I Need A New Guitar + It Needs to Sound Like "WHOA!"
Replies: 28
Views: 3926

Re: I Need A New Guitar + It Needs to Sound Like "WHOA!"

You might want to check out the Vox Brian May amp. It is really cheap and sounds amazingly good.


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by grant
Tue Apr 01, 2008 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: The Mahler Appreciation Thread
Replies: 6
Views: 1292

Re: The Mahler Appreciation Thread

thinking especially of Symphony no. 1, I would suggest hearing the piece as something of a "sound collage". There are different scenes playing out through time, some in more detail than others. It has at least some kind of programatic element to it, even if not explicitly saying so in the ...
by grant
Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: suggestions for jazz/blues bands?
Replies: 52
Views: 9569

Re: suggestions for jazz/blues bands?

Well if you want good blues and Harmonica, there are a few must hear Dylan songs . Leopard-skin-pill-box hat (from blonde on blonde) Pledging My Time (from blonde on blonde) Meet me in the morning (blood on the tracks) Someday baby (Modern times) Martin Scorcese presents the blues is a really good s...
by grant
Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:55 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: The Mahler Appreciation Thread
Replies: 6
Views: 1292

Re: The Mahler Appreciation Thread

I've sure enjoyed the recordings of Boulez conducting. There is a decently priced box set of Riccardo Chailly conducting the complete symphonies that isn't half bad either. Boulez has conducted the songs too, and they are pretty good. My favourite kindertotenlieder though was an old version I heard ...
by grant
Fri Mar 28, 2008 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Serialism
Replies: 10
Views: 1512

Re: Serialism

I thought I would add a few of Arnold Schoenberg's own comments to the discussion. From Article titled "My technique and style" c. 1950 My technique and style have not been developed by a conscious procedure From an essay titled "A self analysis" 1948 Atonality or dissonance are ...
by grant
Thu Mar 27, 2008 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Serialism
Replies: 10
Views: 1512

Re: Serialism

I think great composers of any era both challenge, and respect the tradition that they are a part of. I think that the challenges to 'conventional' theory have been a mark of composing even in something like Mozart. Agreed, 12-tone music was more 'preconceived' than some other systems Boulez said at...
by grant
Thu Mar 27, 2008 12:13 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Serialism
Replies: 10
Views: 1512

Re: Serialism

Maybe construction of a piece is important even if the structure isn't discernible to the average listener. It makes me think of a few issues. 1. Does the design of a piece affect a listener if the lister is unaware of, or unable to discern the structure of the composition. 2. Sometimes people hear ...
by grant
Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:25 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Serialism
Replies: 10
Views: 1512

Re: Serialism

1. In regards to Webern: Try and get a hold of PIerre Boulez conducting the complete works of Webern. Most of his works are really small scale; I think it fits onto 3 or 4 cd's. Keep in mind, its not really serial for the first while, twelve tone music wasn't totally established till the mid twentie...
by grant
Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What do you make of Poulenc?
Replies: 1
Views: 1070

Re: What do you make of Poulenc?

Maybe he falls somewhere between "pleasing the masses" and in the leagues of the big name early 20th century composers. I never really think of Rachmaninov as being an especially 'modern' music maker, when compared to contemporaries like Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Bartok, etc. Maybe you shoul...
by grant
Wed Feb 27, 2008 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Best Concert You've Been To
Replies: 334
Views: 36540

Re: Best Concert You've Been To

I just saw an artist named Josh Ritter at the Commodore in Vancouver and it was really a fun show. His album didn't grab me, but boy did he ever put on a fun show. Also, a Canadian band called "the Weakerthans" put on a really good show. I saw them in montreal a few years back and it was r...
by grant
Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Revolutionary!
Replies: 54
Views: 6139

Re: Revolutionary!

Edgard Varese (1883-1965): huge 20th century influence, from Frank Zappa, to Pierre Boulez, John Cage, Morton Feldman, etc. check out Ionization! or, everything he wrote if you have the time. It's only about 2 cd's worth. http://www.amazon.com/Var%C3%A8se-Complete-Concertgebouw-Orchestra-Ensemble/dp...
by grant
Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Classical Music Dying?
Replies: 106
Views: 10367

Re: Classical Music Dying?

you know maybe the issue here is the trouble that classical music has competing with the much more heavily advertised, researched a marketed pop music. it could also be the general unfamiliarity with the music of the last 100 years. Sure people know Beethoven, Mozart. i guess stravinsky is known too...
by grant
Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: favorite lines/quotes from books
Replies: 286
Views: 114944

Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

samuel beckett: The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new. it is at once melancholic, and humorous, in that the sentence itself is a 'new' way of saying the ancient words of Ecclesiastes "there is nothing new under the sun" Beckett is a must read.
by grant
Mon Jan 28, 2008 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Classical Music Dying?
Replies: 106
Views: 10367

Re: Classical Music Dying?

I'm probably guilty of the old temptation of assuming that one's own musical tastes are pretty near infallible. I don't mean to get into a chopin debate. but the technically demanding etudes are so showy that i have a hard time taking them seriously. but thats my personal take on them. when they are...
by grant
Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Epic Music
Replies: 174
Views: 21122

Re: Epic Music

Gustav Mahler has got to be included in this list. almost any of his works really. the Adagio for his [unfinished] symphony no. 10 is grandiose!
by grant
Mon Jan 28, 2008 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Classical Music Dying?
Replies: 106
Views: 10367

Re: Classical Music Dying?

You marked "integral" names with asterisks but neglected to mark Chopin? And Rachmaninoff isn't even on your list? Nor is Tchaikovsky? Or Ravel? Or Schubert? Or Vivaldi? As a pianist whose two favorite composers are Chopin and Rachmaninoff, I am very sad right now. :( I knew i few people ...
by grant
Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Concept Albums
Replies: 106
Views: 11364

Re: Concept Albums

i guess concept albums are just albums where it seems like the artists had some concern for the project as a unified whole, as opposed to an album where the individual tracks are 'hits' to be marketed separately. Song cycles were pretty popular in the 19th century are a pretty neat 'concept' sort of...
by grant
Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9563
Views: 1193378

Re: What are you listening to?

bob dylan - leopard-skin pill-box hat
by grant
Wed Jan 23, 2008 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Classical Music Dying?
Replies: 106
Views: 10367

Re: Classical Music Dying?

is classical music dying? it's already dead. The term 'classical', in music history circles at least, refers to the period somewhere between 1750 and 1827. i guess the division of music into the categories: 'Popular' and 'Classical', is more optimistic than the labels Popular and its unfortunate cou...

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