This cassette is included in Ursula Le Guin's novel Always Coming Home, which is about a valley people called the Kesh "who might be going to have lived a long, long time from now in Northern California." The cassette features music by Todd Barton and serves as a kind of anthropological primer on Kesh music and poetry. Very, very beautiful tape, well worth seeking out. Support Barton by buying here. One of these songs is on Spencer D.'s awesome new mix!
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Camcorder impressions of the music and poetry scene in Indianapolis, early 80s. Roberta Eklund noodling around on the moog at around 3:30... so good! I grew up two hours away from all this. I miss the midwest in the summer, where you can be in a band and still wear shorts and it's OK.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
"...postulates the imaginary orchestra of the future, a cosmopolitan merger of Japanese, Balinese, Chinese, and Indian styles of writing and playing -- as these might develop over another fifty years or so... it utilizes the sound of a group of not-yet-invented instruments (Rattle Chime, Bass Samisen, Bass Oboe, Tenor Plectrum Drone, Bowed Alto Drone); these sounds exist only in the composer's imagination ... the imagined orchestra consists of thirty-two players; one is to picture them as seated in a relaxed lotus position on the stage floor (players of the balinese Bass Gongs and the Rattle Chime are standing at the back). They play from memory and there is no conductor..."