A couple of noteworthy new releases from the peerless Cold Blue Music:

Michael Fahres's The Tubes: "weaves together the breath-like sounds of the Atlantic Ocean as it strikes tubular volcanic rock formations on the Island of El Hierro (the westermost of the Canary Islands) with the breathy tones of Jon Hassell's trumpet and Mark Atkin's didgeridoo, creating a starkly beautiful study of breath patterns and the sounds of air in tubes".

Charlemagne Palestine's A Sweet Quasimodo Between Black Vampire Butterflies for Maybeck: "a piece for two pianos played simultaneously in a tremolo style that Palestine calls "strumming," a technique that has defined his piano music since the late '60s. It spins out its sonic tapestry in surges and ebbs, and dense sonorities with hypnotically dancing overtones grow from its few opening pitches. This live recording from the Maybeck recital hall also contains Palestine's short comments about his life in California in the '70s and, accompanied by a rubbed brandy snifter, his singing of a few very short "ritual" songs in his unique falsetto vocal style".

Readers Comments

  1. Michael Richards Friday 26 January 2007

    Your music recommendations are as intriguing as your literature posts, but it would be marvellous if you could somehow include music samples on your site or direct us to where they might be found. Someone playing tubular rock formations might produce sounds of rare beauty or a din - it would be great to hear for one's self what they are like.

    Readers with an interest in the more inventive use of percussion instruments might be interested to know that there are still a few copies available of Steven Schick's book, The Percussionist's Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams. More than just a book about drumming, Schick's writing is as imaginative as his music, and this reasonably priced book from the University of Rochester Press includes a CD with works by Charles Wuorinen, David Lang, Edgard Varese, John Luther Adams, Brian Ferneyhough and Iannis Xenakis.

  2. Hi Michael,

    Yes, streaming some music on RSB would be nice, wouldn't it? I've been thinking about it, but I want to do it right (and well), and it'll take a bit of time to organise. But, in principle, yes.

    And thanks for the tip-off to the Schick volume. Looks good.


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