Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I am hearing things!

Ge Gan-Ru - Lost Style (listen) Composer Ge Gan-Ru's low career arcs and tale of escape from China are detailed in this recent piece in the New York Times. I like the way he practically turns a piano to rubber in the opening movement of his Four Studies of Peking Opera, and how in general the piece is an examination of the dynamics of the form rather than a tourist-enticing allusion to it.

The real power displays, though are found in Yi Feng (Lost Style), where strings are scraped clean like bones gnawed by a starving animal. It was a piece that got Mr. Ge deemed insane by Chinese authorities according to the aforementioned article. You've got to love a piece of music that makes the police state think you are crazy.

Mika Vainio - Black Telephone of Matter (listen) Mika Vainio is half of the out rock duo Pan Sonic, but this is music far more out than that. "Rome A.D. 2727" opens with a stunning electrostatic display that made me thing I was "hearing things," when in fact, I am hearing things!

Flower Travellin' Band - Sartori
(YouTube playlist) Thank you, secret time-travel wizards of YouTube, for making this available and allowing me to find solace in the ritual drug thud from the deepest caverns of 1971 japan.

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