Archive for the ‘classical music’ Category


Glenn Gould on animals and why they’re better than people.

November 4, 2009

It’s a YouTube vid for which embedding is disabled, so click here.


You know who rocks? Scriabin. I’m just saying.

July 21, 2008

Why don’t you go join Naxos and listen to some?

Scriabin Society, Wikipedia, a blog post about his synasthesia.


Recent Acquisitions, 20080703: Modern Classical

July 3, 2008

Olivier Messiaen‘s (wikipedia)(see also) Complete Bird Music for Piano Solo, performed by Carl-Axel Dominique.  Probably best if I don’t start, I love Messiaen so much.  I’ll just point out that Malcom Ball’s website has a page whereon you can compare the actual birdsongs to OM’s transcriptions, and another page containing midi examples to accompany his manifesto, Technique de mon Langage Musical (see the see also above).

Magick by John Zorn.  Since I’m a drooling bass clarinet fetishist I had to have this for “Sortilege,” a bass clarinet duo by which I was not disappointed.   The accompanying string quartet is also great.  The thing about Zorn is, since he wears his technical limitations as a sax guy on his sleeve, and since he helms alot of high risk endeavors that frequently flop, it’s easy to underestimate both the clarity and potency of his vision, as well as his skill as a composer.  Buy a disc from Tzadik, mp3’s from Amazon.


The Outsider, a BBC doc about Harry Partch.

May 13, 2008

It’s on YouTube in 6 parts.  Here’s part one.

Direct YT link.

HP dot com.   The American Mavericks site  has some Flash simulations of some of his instruments.  These guys worked with him alot, and care for his instruments in their instrumentarium.  (now is that a word, or what?)


Henry Brant (1913-2008) memorial linkfest.

April 30, 2008

WebsiteWikipediaInterviewed by Charles Amirkanian, August 2001.  Audio interview at American Mavericks.  Buy some records.

Obits: NYT; SF ChronicleArts JournalNew Music Box;



December 12, 2007

WebernUhrWerk is a cute little app by Karlheinz Essl that generates pieces from the row that Anton Webern was working with at the time of his death.


Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007) memorial linkfest

December 8, 2007

Official site

Unofficial site


Obits: NYT, BBC, WaPo, Bloomberg


Informative bloggery: Marginal Revolution, Damin Lanigan (the Telegraph), The Rest Is Noise,