Sunday, May 31, 2009
Lecture: John Cage’s 4’33”
by Kyle Gann
This lecture is part of the Several Silences exhibit at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago.
5811 S. Ellis Avenue
Bergman Gallery, Cobb Hall 418
Chicago, Illinois 60637
In addition to being a renowned composer, Gann was the new-music critic for the Village Voice from 1986 to 2005. Since 1997 he has taught music theory, history, and composition at Bard College. He is the author of The Music of Conlon Nancarrow; American Music in the 20th Century; Music Downtown: Writings from the Village Voice; and the forthcoming John Cage’s 4’33” (Yale University Press).
Who wants to go to this with me?
I’m packing up my shit and moving to blog spot. Tumblr is turning into a personal blog for me and doesn’t allow me to get out of a blog what I want and I feel like these have come a long way since I first started. Also it’s a bit weird to have all these people who followed me initially for some recordings listening to all my personal ramblings. So I will be keeping this as a personal tumblr and still give brief updates on my recordings. But there will be nothing new until my new home is up and running, which will be towards the end of June at the earliest. So here is a summary so far of what’s been uploaded here. Thanks for listening and thanks for following, I will keep you all updated. (Also do I get a prize for having more followers than posts?)
Really, I’m just wanting to keep things more focused rather than the mess this tumblog has become.
Here is my full list of recordings. Yes, there are many listed there that will never see the light of day. Only 59 of those are here.
Below are all my uploaded recordings, click through to download. Choice cuts in bold.
Alice in Chains - Soundwave, Sydney, 22-02-2009.mp3 76.59 MB
Antony & the Johnsons - Coachella, Indio, 19-04-2009.mp3 47.63 MB
Arctic Monkeys - Big Day Out, Sydney, 23-01-2009.mp3 77.05 MB
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - Coachella, Indio, 18-04-… 27.63 MB
Band of Horses - Coachella, Indio, 18-04-2009.mp3 70.01 MB
Black Kids - Big Day Out, Sydney, 23-01-2009.mp3 48.38 MB
Brian Jonestown Massacre - Coachella, Indio, 19-04-2009.mp3 72.91 MB
#Buraka Som Sistema - Coachella, Indio, 17-04-2009.mp3 49.27 MB
Clockcleaner - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, 29-11-2008.mp3 45.67 MB
Dead Meadow - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, 15-01-2009.mp3 61.26 MB
#Die! Die! Die! - Spectrum, Sydney, 28-11-2008.mp3 53.37 MB
#Fleet Foxes - Metro Theatre, Sydney, 03-01-2009.mp3 84.78 MB
Fuck Buttons - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, 15-01-2009.mp3 62.35 MB
Fucked Up - Coachella, Indio, 19-04-2009.mp3 66.8 MB
Jay Reatard - Gaelic Club, Sydney, 29-01-2009.mp3 42.73 MB
Jim Ward - Annandale Hotel, Sydney, 09-12-2008.mp3 56.29 MB
#Liars - Coachella, Indio, 18-04-2009.mp3 61.83 MB
Los Campesinos! - Coachella, Indio, 17-04-2009.mp3 68.65 MB
Love of Diagrams - Spectrum, Sydney, 21-11-2008.mp3 48.31 MB
Matisyahu - McDowell Mountain, Phoenix, 25-04-2009.mp3 87.68 MB
Melvins - Annandale Hotel, Sydney. 22-01-2009.mp3 77.77 MB
#Midnight Oil - National Convention Centre, Canberra, 12-0… 135.64 MB
Minus the Bear - Soundwave, Sydney, 22-02-2009.mp3 42.11 MB
Mogwai - Enmore Theatre, Sydney, 04-03-2009.mp3 126.24 MB
Morrissey - Coachella, Indio, 17-04-2009.mp3 85.73 MB
#My Bloody Valentine - Coachella, Indio, 19-04-2009.mp3 100.89 MB
My Disco - the Gaelic Club, Sydney, 29-11-2008.mp3 46.57 MB
Neil Young - Big Day Out, Sydney, 23-01-2009.mp3 108.8 MB
#Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - All Tomorrow’s Parties, Sy… 100.75 MB
#Nine Inch Nails - Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, 24-02-2009.mp3 132.04 MB
Nine Inch Nails - Soundwave, Sydney, 22-02-2009.mp3 116.38 MB
No Age - Gaelic Club, Sydney, 29-01-2009.mp3 49.8 MB
#Ohana - Spectrum, Sydney, 28-11-2008.mp3 32.6 MB
Ohana - Oxford Art Factory Sydney 06.11.08.mp3 31.7 MB
Paul McCartney - Coachella, Indio, 17-04-2009.mp3 218.44 MB
#Pivot - the Gaelic Club, Sydney, 29-11-2008.mp3 72.56 MB
Public Enemy - Days Like This!, Sydney, 03-01-2009.mp3 93.08 MB
Public Enemy - Metro Theatre, Sydney, 27-12-2008.mp3 129.45 MB
Qua & Mountains in the Sky @ Oxford Art Factory Sydney 06… 138.84 MB
Regurgitator - Stonefest Canberra 31.10.08.mp3 73.25 MB
Rival Schools - Soundwave, Sydney, 22-02-2009.mp3 39.4 MB
Saves the Day - Soundwave, Sydney, 22-02-2009.mp3 46.57 MB
#Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Days Like This!, Sydney, 0… 84.54 MB
#Songs - Spectrum, Sydney, 21-11-2008.mp3 63.52 MB
Spiritualized - Metro Theatre, Sydney, 16-01-2009.mp3 145.78 MB
TV on the Radio - Big Day Out, Sydney, 23-01-2009.mp3 63.25 MB
TV on the Radio - Coachella, Indio, 17-04-2009.mp3 65.41 MB
#TV on the Radio - Metro Theatre, Sydney, 24-01-2009.mp3 106.74 MB
#The Cure - Coachella, Indio, 19-04-2009.mp3 246.56 MB
The Dandy Warhols - Stonefest Canberra 1.11.2008.mp3 23.68 MB
The Drones - Big Day Out, Sydney, 23-01-2009.mp3 58.55 MB
The Drones - Stonefest Canberra 01.11.08.mp3 61.86 MB
#The Drones - the Metro Sydney 24.10.2008.mp3 108.33 MB (My very first recording)
The Flaming Lips - McDowell Mountain, Phoenix, 25-04-2009… 78.97 MB
The Night Marchers - Coachella, Indio, 19-04-2009.mp3 53.19 MB
The Saints - All Tomorrow’s Parties, Sydney, 17-01-2009.mp3 69.34 MB
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Coachella, Indio, 19-04-2009.mp3 83.03 MB
#of Montreal - Manning Bar, Sydney, 03-03-2009.mp3 94.93 MB
HOLY CRAP THERE IS A SWEET RIVAL SCHOOLS BOOTLEG ON HERE.
I love Rival Schools so much it isn’t even funny. Long Live Walter Schreifels!
for the lack of Metal Monday content today: as I said earlier, I have been traveling sans computer this past five days. However, I promise you something even better coming soon: a hot, soulless club jam to light up this TumbleSpot. The drive back from North Carolina has been devoted solely to research into the finer aspects of contemporary R&B/pop, with special attention paid to the repertoire of T-Pain, R. Kelly, and Akon. Suffice it to say that, when the first single of The Soulless Summer Pop Project drops, it will have the preponderance of shawtys snappin dem fangers with reckless abandon. Anyone and everyone who feels they can contribute in any capacity to this project is implored to do so, provided they can choose an appropriate rap name first. Be on the lookout later this week for when the first single, “Skirtchaser”, drops.
Dammit John Darnielle, why are you always so right about stuff?
I have a new Tumblelog: charlieolvera.tumblr.com! You should use the link on your left to go check it out, and follow me! Don’t worry, this one isn’t ceasing to exist: I just wanted a place to post/reblog non-music stuff, and I didn’t want to drastically alter the format of this one. So head on over and enjoy!
I’m watching the 2008 MTV Music Video Awards with no small amount of enthusiasm/skepticism (I know they’re different emotions, but I’m feeling them in equal capacity). It’s certainly entertaining: I’m repeatedly struck when watching these things with how GOOD these performers are. The amount of work that must go into creating a performance on the scale of one of these massive MTV sets is unfathomable.
However, the creation of a hit ALBUM might be a different story altogether, and one that sort of intrigues me. I’m reasonably confident that, between my circle of Tumblr and Twitter compadres, we could easily produce a glittering, soulless, substance-free pop album with little effort. Certainly we have enough genuine talent: watching Pink or Katy Perry, even Rihanna, perform, I’m almost embarrassed by how amateur their voices sound: unconfident, shaky, certainly not pitch-perfect, and sometimes even lacking in performance energy (Rihanna looked TERRIFIED to be on stage).
So, what say you, blogosphere? Do you think that, given a month this summer, we could create a cohesive pop album devoid of meaning but steeped in pop swagger and panache? I’m interested in seeing if I can create something that I don’t even REMOTELY believe in artistically. It could be a fun challenge!
John Cage, in an interview in 1982 (via musicage)
THIS. I’ve actually reached a point where I’m not entirely interested in using performers at all, anymore, but rather installing sound generation mechanisms and letting the audience not only experience the environment of sound, but, through technology, actually affect the course of the music through their presence and actions.
I am far more interested in creating conditions, in which music can occur, than I am in creating instructions, for how music is to occur. This, perhaps, strikes at the very heart of my compositional aesthetic, and John Cage is solely responsible for this idea.