Monday, 23 July 2018

Terry Riley - American Composer and Performing Musician - July 23, 2018

Terence Mitchell Riley (born June 24, 1935) is an American composer and performing musician associated with the minimalist school of Western classical music, of which he was a pioneer.  His work is deeply influenced by both jazz and Indian classical music and has utilized innovative tape music techniques and delay systems.  He is best known for his works such as his 1965 composition "In C" and 19969 album "A Rainbow in Curved Air", both considered landmarks of minimalist music. - Wikipedia

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Thursday, 19 July 2018

The American Composer Steve Reich - July 19, 2018

"Steve Reich (October 13, 1936, New York City, USA) is a composer.  He studied composition privately with Hall Oberton, then moved on to Juilliard School in New York to study with William Bergsma and Vincent Persichetti (1958 to 1961).  Subsequently, he attended Mills College in Oakland where he was taught by Luciano Berio and Darius Milhaud (1961-63) and earned a master's degree in composition.  

Early on, Reich was influenced by fellow minimalist Terry Riley's loosely-structured aleatoric works which combines simple musical patterns, offset in time, to create a slowly-shifting, cohesive whole.  Reich adopted this approach to compose his first major work written in 1965: "It's Gonna Rain...".  Reich moved on from the "phase shifting" technique he had pioneered to more elaborate pieces.  He investigated other musical processes such as augmentation (the temporal lengthening of phrases and melodic fragments).

Reich's mother is the Broadway singer and lyricist June Carroll." - Discogs

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Friday, 6 July 2018

EISENLAGER - 36. Futurologischer Congress on Attenuation Circuit- July 6, 2018

Please welcome the latest release from Eisenlager, "36. Futurologischer Congress", hosted by the German net label Attenuation Circuit.  

Recorded by der schlachter at studio Glasklinge Zeitenlicht from 2016-2018, "36. Futurologischer Congress" is a 7-hour musical opus of the life and times of the German sound artist Eisenlager (aka Glasklinge Zeitenlicht).  This sound collage is broken out into 30 tracks and focuses on the most important and influential events he has experienced during his 50-odd years on earth.

Each track fits neatly with the other like a musical piece to this puzzle we know as Eisenlager. No easy feat putting music to memories on a grand scale like this, but keep in mind he is no ordinary man.

Unless you have worked with Eisenlager on his music projects or know him personally, the only clues to understanding his journey are the song titles and of course, the music.  This is a personal voyage into his public and sometimes privately emotional world manifested into the unique and distinct soundscapes only Eisenlager crafts. 

Especially poignant are Track 06, which pays hommage to his late friend Felix Flaucher of the 90s German electro band Silke Bischoff, and Track 25, which honors his late father who sadly passed away in October 2017.  

But you must listen for yourself in order to experience and appreciate "36. Futurologischer Congress" and the hidden treasures that lie deep within its music. 

Thank you Eisenlager for inviting me to be a part of this very special project.  It's always a pleasure working with you!