Episode 7 – Diction

Our second modern classical episode focuses on the dynamic between words, other mouth-made sounds and music. Talking, spoken word, speech as composition, speech in composition, lyrics sung as if meant to be spoken, poetry: It’s all here. Let the language (and lack thereof) wash over you in a wave of modernist beauty.

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Tracklist:

Bang on a Can All-Stars, Florent Ghys, John Cage – An Open Cage
Philip Glass – Knee 5
Gavin Bryars – A Man in a Room, Gambling: #3
Christopher Tignor, John Ashberry – A Boy
David Lang, Anonymous 4 – Love Fail: Forbidden Subjects
David Byrne – Social Studies
John Cage, Kenneth Patchen – The City Wears a Slouch Hat: Pt. 8
Roberto Cacciapaglia – Sei Note in Logica: Part II
John Cale – Legs Larry at Television Centre
Max Richter – The Blue Notebooks
Laurie Anderson – World Without End
Robert Ashley – Perfect Lives: The Park (Privacy Rules)
Dean Blunt – 8
Bang on a Can All-Stars, Anna Clyne – A Wonderful Day
Mutamassik – Not Having To Choose Between Killing And Being Killed (P.S.A.)
Scott Johnson – John Somebody: Involuntary Song #3
Julia Wolfe – Flowers
Steve Reich – Different Trains: 3. After the War
Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe – Shelter: I. Before I Enter
Frederic Rzewski, Group 180 – Attica
Meredith Monk – Last Song
Moondog – Two Quotations in Dialogue

Episode 4 – Furniture Music

I’m excited to share a new mix I’ve curated with dublab for the organization’s upcoming event Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. This set traverses many eras, weaving together decades in an exhibition of classical ambient music’s various roots and branches.

From the awesome folks at dublab: “Travel through the Light Lock corridor as it is transformed by a dublab produced soundtrack of “furniture music.” Considered as the origins of ambient music and coined by French composer Erik Satie, this soundtrack along with lighting inspired by the work of James Turrell will be the perfect passage between the Grand Stern Hall and the Founders Room.”

Stream it here or listen at iTunes.

Tracklist:

Overture
Claude Debussy – Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun: Très Modéré (Herbert Von Karajan & Berliner Philharmoniker) (c. 1894)

First Movement
Frédéric Chopin – Nocturne No. 11 in G minor Op. 7 No. 1 – Andante sostenuto (Nelson Freire, piano) (c. 1840)
Erik Satie – Gnossienne No. 5 (Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano) (c. 1889)
John Cage – In a Landscape (c. 1948)
Max Richter – Written on the Sky (c. 2004)
Sylvain Chauveau – Nuage II, Nuage III (c. 2007)
David Lang – Memory Pieces: III. Wed (Lisa Moore, piano) (c. 2005)
Erik Satie – Trois Gymnopédies (Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano) (c. 1888)
Arvo Pärt – Spiegel Im Spiegel (Angèle Dubeau, violin; La Pietà orchestra with piano) (c. 1978)
Federico Mompou – Mùsica Callada, Cuaderno Uno (Herbert Henck, piano) (c. 1974)
Ólafur Arnalds – Romance (c. 2009)
Nils Frahm – Over There, It’s Raining (c. 2013)
Jóhann Jóhannsson – Melodia(III) (c. 2008)
Erik Satie – Vexations (Excerpt) (Ars Nova Ensemble) (c. 1894)
Toru Takemitsu – Uninterrupted Rest I-II (Yuji Takahashi, piano) (c. 1973)
Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann) – Alma (c. 2008)
John Cage – Dream (Hildegard Kleeb, piano; Roland Dahinden, trombone) (c. 1948)
Erik Satie – Gnossiennes No.1-4 (Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano) (c. 1890-91)
Federico Mompou – Mùsica Callada, XXIII. Calme-XXIV. Moderato (Herbert Henck, piano) (c. 1974)
Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann) – Early in the Park (c. 2010)

Second Movement
Greg Haines – Two Rotations (c. 2011)
Bang On a Can All-Stars – 1/1 (c. 1978, Brian Eno/Robert Wyatt; arr. Michael Gordon)
Olivier Messiaen – Fête des Belles Eaux (Ensemble d’Ondes de Montreal, ondes martenot) (c. 1937)
Arnold Schoenberg – III. Farben (from Five Orchestral Pieces) (Berliner Philharmoniker) (c. 1909)
Gustav Mahler – Adagietto: Sehr Langsam (Gunther Herbig, conductor) (c. 1902)
Kronos Quartet – Spem in Alium (c. 1570, Thomas Tallis)
Erik Satie – Tapestry of Wrought Iron (Ars Nova Ensemble) (c. 1917)
Max Richter – Sunlight (Louisa Fuller, violin) (c. 2006)
Arthur Russell – Tower of Meaning – 2 (c. 1981)
Brian Eno/Johann Pachelbel – French Catalogues (Variation on the Canon in D Major) (c. 1975; c. 1696)

Finale
Gavin Bryars – Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet (Excerpt) (c. 1971)
Morton Feldman – Rothko Chapel: V (c. 1971)