Imagined Submarines, Rather Than Airplanes Gratitude
Nov 202005

I’ve been remiss.

Not one, not two, but three Listening Salons have occurred in recent months without receipt of due reporting. I shall post the playlists of each separately, beginning here with Salon 002, which was held in Brunswick on the evening of Saturday, 23 July.

As always, if you have questions about the specifics of any of these pieces (record label, date, performers), by all means give a jingle and we’ll get back to you.

I began this Salon with a few pieces demonstrating the extreme use of acoustic space in music and music recording:

Pauline Oliveros / The Deep Listening Band — “Balloon Payment”
Pauline Oliveros / The Deep Listening Band — “Seven-Up”
Pseudophone —
Dennis Leas —
“I Am Smoking In A Room”

New York composer and filmmaker Denise Anderson continued with the following lovely pieces:

Erik Satie — “Les filles des étoiles” (transcribed for flute and harp by Toru Takemitsu)
Yuki Kajiura — “Canta er me”
Yuki Kajiura — “Salva nos”
Tan Dun — “IV. Allegro Vivace” (from “Concerto for String Orchestra and Pipa”)

MoonDogEast’s Hoby Ebert delivered an extended, uninterrupted set guided by a theme he titled, “Aviary”. This collection, flowing effortlessly from one piece to another, became a sonic narrative unto itself:

Peter Gabriel — “Quiet and Alone” (from the film Birdy)
Pied Butcherbird — “Dawn Solo” (rec. by David Lumsdaine)
Airto Moreira — “When Angels Cry” (feat. Flora Purim, voice)
Songbirds By The Steam — “Rose-breasted Grosbeak” (rec. by Dan Gibson)
David Rothenberg — “White Crested Laughter”
Laurie Anderson — “Excellent Birds” (with Peter Gabriel)
Mickey Hart — “Cougar Run” (feat. Babatunde Olatunji, bells)
Laurie Anderson — “Kokoku”
Witchcraft — “We Rest” (from the compilation, Slumberland)
Peter Gabriel — “”Birdy’s Flight” (from the film Birdy)
Songbirds By The Steam — “Wood Thrush” (rec. by Dan Gibson)
Chris Hughes — “”Slow Motion Blackbird” (from the music of Steve Reich)

Ms M. concluded the evening with four tracks exemplifying the musical elements of drone, rhythm, melody, and harmony, and how the simplest pop tune can bring them together to create something wholly satisfying:

Sheila Chandra — “ABoneCroneDrone 4″
Chemirani — “Qalam Kar”
Hildegard von Bingen — “O Rubor Sanguinis” (perf. by Sequentia)
Bee Gees — “Alone”

The wine was good, the food a delight, and the company altogether warm and healing—especially following a challenging afternoon during which my car went over a cliff. Thanks for the deep listening everyone.

Be in touch.

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