2008/09/19

in between places quickie

blogging in madrid right now enroute to morokko during a 5 hour lay-over but these guys just gave me unlimited online access woooooohoooooo! :D anyone have any suggestions on where to go in Marekesh or Tangier and where to shop for THE RAI?????

i think this unstoppable fire is actually Algerian, but with more than a touch of morokko to my ears... am i making non-sense?

this massive, massive tune is exactly the sort of thing that gets me hype these days when so much leaves me drowsy: minimal, streamlined, modern, yet completely traditional, with those wikkid tones, that relentlessness... untainted by cheesy mainstream western club dance pop hiphop whatever (like so much modern rai - not that there´s anything wrong with that, but it ain´t the same kinda heat as this.)

anyone have any recommendations along these lines please speak up.

also, run don´t walk to the 1 or 2 record shops left standing in your town (or amazon or boomkat or whereever) and pick up Dusk and Blackdown´s Margins Music NOW.

going to leave the proper wax and wane for others more inclined, but if you enjoyed my Fusion mix... this is some serious (sorry for using this phrase) next level shit right here. post post-modern, post post-colonial cultural politics... forget all that, just beautiful music which transcends borders.

ok that´s all for now. have to go buy a 5 euro little bottle of water before i pass out... booyaka booyaka!

2008/09/18

autumn harp


have been really enjoying these classical harp albums of late. maybe not as exciting or interesting as other posts before but so lovely for fall mornings... if people are feeling it there are several more along these lines.

PART A PART B

2008/09/15

taking sides

this is not a political blog, and i realize that the Dems and Repubs are almost the same thing and that the soap opera of poli-tainment is just another distraction to keep people asleep at the wheel of life. i also recognize that voting itself is not much more than an exercise in futility and to keep believing the illusion of freedom and lie of Amerikkkan "democracy" is for the birds...

but with that said.

IF YOU ARE VOTING FOR THE RACIST ASSHOLE DIMWIT JOHN MCCAIN AND HIS IGNORANT FUNDAMENTALIST STUPID BITCH OF A RUNNING MATE:

YOU ARE NOT WELCOME ON THIS BLOG. GET THE FUCK OUT, DO NOT COME BACK, AND KILL YOURSELF. NOW.

2008/09/06

Uilleann Pipes

talking about the Pogues on Dissensus, conversation turned to traditional Celtic music (an entirely new area for me), and someone posted up these videos... dead in my tracks, instant zone-out, hooked after first 3.7 seconds of first one. anyone with knowledge (or links) to expansive abstract psychoactive mystical bagpipes filled with overtones please leave a note.



2008/09/04

visual music



In the 70's, Rainer Wehinger created a visual listening score to accompany Gyorgy Ligeti's Artikulation. I (not me, someone) scanned the pages and synchronized them with the music.

2008/09/02

OCORA: VIetnam

ok back on course. my rapid account ran out and i can't renew it right now because i lost my credit card and the new one will not arrive for blah blah blah. so much for seeing the entire OCORA catalog neatly listed in my rapid folder... oh well when life hands you a lemon -- use mediafire.

3 pretty different recordings of music from Vietnam. the Celestial Harmonies "Music of VIetnam" series is superb as well, covering dimensions not included in these. maybe we'll get to that at some point.



Tran Van Khe - lute, zither, ceremonial drum
Tran Quang Hai - spoons, sapeke clappers
Tran Thi Thuy Ngoc - wood block

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Musique Mnong Gar Du Vietnam: Anthologie Du Musique Proto-Indochinoise Vol. 1

from discogs: "Most of the items presented here were recorded in 1958 amongst the Mnong Gar (or Phii Brêe) of Central Vietnam, in the villages of Sar Luk, Ndut Trêe Pül and Nyôong Hat (field-trip of the Ecole Française d'Extrême-Orient and the Office de la Recherche Scientifique et Technique Outre-Mer)."

The Maa' music was collected during the same field-trip at the Daa' Rngaa plantation near Blao (Vietnam). The Mnong Buu Nör material was recorded in Cambodia in 1966, field-trip of the C.N.R.S. and the Centre de Documentation et de Recherches sur l'Asie du Sud-Est et le monde Insulindien, CeDRASEMI, L.A. 183, Associate Laboratory of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (6th section) and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.

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The music presented on this CD by Professor Tràn Van Khê comes from the South of Vietnam. The original Vietnamese name for this music is "don tai lu," which means music of the amateurs, although it is not at all an amateur music. This music, performed by small ensembles for small audiences, is for the entertainment of music lovers, outside of ceremonies or particular events or circumstances, and is part of what in Vietnam is called entertainment music, in distinction from other styles that are not. Although similar to Huê music, the court music of Central Vietnam, the music from the South differs in its modes, performance style, rhythms, improvisation style, and even its notation. The instruments used are typical Vietnamese instruments, mostly stringed instruments, including zither (dàn tranh), lutes (dàn tam, dàn ty bà, dàn xên), or fiddles (dàn cô, dàn gao), as well as some percussion. In this century, the Western violin joins the ensemble. Vietnamese charm at his best!(AMG)

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