These are my links for June 7th through June 12th: Class, power & ideology – – the illusion of control causes people to over-estimate the chances of them escaping the working class through their own efforts, and so under-estimate the importance of collective class action . – the in-group heterogeneity bias (which is the flipside [...]
These are my links for May 29th through June 6th: Circles and Euclidian Rhythms: Off the Grid, a Few Music Makers That Go Round and Round – Music Notation, What is it Good For? How About Humans? – Make: Online | Walled Gardens vs. Makers – “Making, in short, is not about making. Making is [...]
These are my links for May 23rd through May 29th: Last Night: Top 10 Quotes from KCRW’s Global Street Food Panel – “Some [trucks] are good, some are dreadful. I don’t think it’s accidental that most of the time when they have those competitions, the traditional loncheras win. Lux loncheras are catering to people who [...]
this looks awesome. DIY + nerd science!
It’s Complicated David Souter finally tells Americans to grow up.
“Souter’s speech thus represents much more than an ode to a changing Constitution or a forceful admission that something that sounds suspiciously like “empathy” means that “judicial perception turns on the experience of the judges, and on their ability to think from a point of view different from their own.” Souter’s words even transcend his own high-minded call to “keep the constitutional promises the nation has made.” What Souter asked Americans to do in his Harvard speech is to live with ambiguity. To, in his words, acknowledge that there is a “basic human hunger for the certainty and control that the fair-reading model seems to promise,” while recognizing, in Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes‘ formulation, that “certainty generally is illusion and repose is not our destiny.” He is telling us to stop dreaming of oracular judges with perfect answers to simple constitutional questions. He is telling us, in other words, to grow up.”
“interestingly, they also find students whose professor had higher student evaluations typically did worse in subsequent courses. They attribute this to the “teaching to the test” that they think may go on in classes where professors have high student evaluations. Secondly, they find that students who took Calculus I from professors with lower student evaluations did better on subsequent courses. ”
“There’s a way of looking at the ugliness after Reconstruction–the rise of the Lost Cause, the Klan, the lynchings–as a tragic search for Southern white male identity. First the old slave patrols go. Then the Confederate Army is subdued and humiliated. Then blacks began to dominate “manly” athletic pursuits. Then Martin Luther King exposes the immorality of the Southern system. Reeling from “each successive volley, the Southern racist–and really any white racist–is left with a question: If the Southern white man is proven inferior physically, mentally, and even morally, than what is he?
HEY STOUFFERS! F$$K YOU IN YOUR F$$KING TOASTED A$$HOLE.
via . « Grocery Eats groceryeats.com post very NSFW (but very funny)
“We have three markets. There’s a commercial market, entirely determined by huge corporations whose sole interest is money. We’re never going to make a dent in that one. There’s an orchestra-music circuit that you have to enter young, and it’s all about who you know, and the music sucks. And there’s an academic market, which demands a healthy respect for the Schoenberg line and a suspicion against anything populist. I and my 400 closest friends don’t fit any of these markets.”
“Success Is Just Another Form of Failure” – PostClassic
“The artists, on the other hand, are at a permanent disadvantage. The most creative of them cannot present their work with the kind of empirical verifiability that translates as prestige going up the ladder – except by winning awards administrated by other universities. And those who aim for and achieve any kind of popular or commercial success virtually negate the explicit aims of the institution.”
“A year-old music blog. (Wow, time flies.) Dallas based, but needs a transfer to Montreal, stat. First to scoop “Creep” by Radiohead. OK, scratch that: like I said, they’ve only been doing this a year. But if Radiohead ever records a second track named “Creep,” they will definitely scoop that one.
No affiliation with the prog-rock band Muse, especially after The Resistance. Contributors are co-workers Patrick and Fred, the lives of whom are otherwise so packed to the gills that you should have no doubt that The Muse encroaches on their work day. They only really agree on Deftones; Fred otherwise describes Patrick’s musical interests as “strum strum hippie yodel.” Just as Patrick describes Fred’s as “terrible.” Yet somehow the two reach a daily armistice; the written, ever-evolving text of which is known regionally as The Muse in Music.”
“These are signs seen primarily at Tea Party Protests.
They all feature “creative” spelling or grammar.
This new dialect of the English language shall be known as “Teabonics.”
“Though it looks kinda boring and unspectacular, this is easily the best example of the dish I’ve had to date. Never mind that the rice and beans were perfect, which in itself is an odd occurrence. The tortitas were the right balance of nopales, tortas, and chile sauce. Even though it was a quite mild sauce in terms of spiciness, it was rich with flavor, the kind you just want to spoon up and drink. Plus these tortas were soft and pliable, though they kept their form. Too many as of late have been quite hard and tough to eat. Not at Lencho’s.”
“Three weeks ago the hard drive in my MacBook Pro went bad. So far as I can tell, I didn’t lose a single byte of data. Here’s how:”
“A tribute to the slowness of anxiety, by Instructor of Music at California State University, Fullerton Paul Bailey. His introduction speaks of his distress over the current economic downturn, but the music itself is absolutely timeless.”
“See, Dr. Drew never met Corey Haim, the police haven’t determined what substance (if any) killed him, but Dr. Drew is pretty certain he knows what killed this total stranger—that’s how great of a doctor he is. He can diagnose and determine cause of death just by hearing someone’s name! He’s basically Miss Cleo but with a medical degree so people (wrongfully) take him seriously”
“So why don’t I charge? A large part of it is that composing is something I do because I want to, and because I really am passionate about it. Call it a “hobby” or whatever, but it’s what I enjoy doing, and once you start monetizing that, I think it becomes more of a job than something you do as an escape. Don’t get me wrong-I like my day job, I like being a physician, etc. But you can like your job and still get paid for it. For me (and I stress, this is just what works for me), charging for my music is not something I’m interested in. I’d feel like a prostitute. We don’t parent for money, right? I also don’t compose for money. QED.”
“Now let me give you a marketing tip. The people who can afford to buy books and magazines and go to the movies don’t like to hear about people who are poor or sick, so start your story up here [indicates top of the G-I axis]. You will see this story over and over again. People love it, and it is not copyrighted. The story is “Man in Hole,” but the story needn’t be about a man or a hole. It’s: somebody gets into trouble, gets out of it again [draws line A]. It is not accidental that the line ends up higher than where it began. This is encouraging to readers.”
“I was pretty confident that ‘In C’ was going to have a life, even in the beginning,” he says. “It was a pretty startlingly original idea in its time, and it just came to me. It developed out of a lot of interests that I had at the time. Being able to get this piece written on a piece of paper and still have such a vast potential, I think, is an unusual accomplishment. I saw that, but I didn’t realize how pervasive the influence of that piece would be over the years.”
very reasonable take on educational reform by the union rep of deb’s middle school
“Black settlers from what is now Sonora, Mexico, helped establish the first settlement in 1781. The labor of Tongva Indians helped raise the plaza’s church in the 1820s. The histories of L.A.’s Latino barrios and Chinatown also begin at the plaza, which was the site of one of the great crimes of Los Angeles history, the Chinese Massacre of 1871.
In 1909 the City Council banned free speech in public areas except for the plaza — which became a gathering spot for anarchists and radicals of various stripes, including the Mexican revolutionary Ricardo Flores Magon. Chinese nationalists founded a military academy there in 1903 to train men to fight the Manchu dynasty.”
“Having 80.8% of the alphabet available is significantly below the 99.9% full letter uptime reliability we strive for. Since identifying the root case of this issue, we’ve started bringing vowels back to Gmail, so you should see them back in your account within the next few hours if you don’t already. In the meantime, while you may still see this issue in Gmail’s web interface, both IMAP and POP access are functioning normally. We’ll post an update as soon as things are fully resolved and, again, we’re v3ry s0rry”
“Minimalism taken to a new level.
Unfortunately for Eastman, he did not live long enough, and these works have been resurrected with great effort.”
“THERE IS NO MAGIC FAIRY DUST WHICH WILL MAKE A BORING, USELESS, REDUNDANT, OR MERELY INFORMATIVE SCENE AFTER IT LEAVES YOUR TYPEWRITER. YOU THE WRITERS, ARE IN CHARGE OF MAKING SURE EVERY SCENE IS DRAMATIC”
Bookmarks from July 6th through July 15th:[del.icio.us]
- Who Lincoln Was- and was not: Sean Wilentz, The New Republic – Sean Wilentz’s detailed and exhaustive review of six books on abraham lincoln. debunks much of the ‘two lincolns’ and ‘team of rivals’ scholarship and portrays him as a shrewd politician that was far more complex and nuanced than the current trends to deify him. best article i have read all year.
- Domino | Albums | Parallax Error Beheads You (Special Edition Soup Can) -interesting idea on music packaging”To celebrate the release of Max Tundra’s new album, Parallax Error Beheads You, your friends at Domino are revolutionizing the music industry with the launch of a new kosher format on the 20th October.” Yes, buy a can of Max Tundra’s limited edition Kosher Chicken Soup and you will receive a copy of his new album from our new Domino download store, plus an exclusive bonus download album of covers called Best Friends (a reinterpretation of Some Best Friend You Turned Out To Be by Max Tundra’s friends).
- Jazz: The Music of Unemployment: Soup of the day – “One of the things I am thinking about right now (in addition to thinking about the upcoming tour, and also thinking about what I’m going to have for lunch) is this:How exactly am I going to release the next record? I have pondered a variation of this issue before, of course, but this time out, I’m not so concerned with the optimum media / packaging for the release.”
- What OC sheriffs learned at Jackson’s funeral – OC Watchdog – OCRegister.com -“One point we learned from LAPD, the VIPs invited to the service were not screened for weapons and this posed a problem, should the LAPD have to make rapid deployment into the arena for anything. Several of the VIPs had their own armed body guards and this was noted by the LAPD commanders,” said lieutenant J. Passalaqua. Passalaqua manages special events for Irvine Lakes, the county parks and the Orange County Fair grounds.
- Create Digital Music » The Music Bore “I’m sorry, Dave, I can’t allow you to listen to Coldplay.” What would radio be like if playlists were not only robotic, but had robot DJs pulling information from the Interwebs dynamically? That’s the question asked by the winning team at London’s Music Hackday last weekend, which created an epic mashup of data sources to produce a voice-synthesized IRC chatbot that researches and plays music for you.
- Missing Los Angeles violinist found dead – Los Angeles Times – “Coroner’s officials said Korda, 68, had been found unresponsive shortly before 7 p.m. July 8 at a home in Glendale. The violinist was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead less than an hour later, Los Angeles County coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said.” The violinist had gone undetected by investigators looking for Korda because he had been mistakenly entered into the system as “Robert Norda.”
- CSU might hike student fees by about 20 percent – College Life OC – OCRegister.com -”Barely two months after it increased students fees by 10 percent, the California State University system is considering raising fees by about 20 percent to help California balance a budget deficit projected at $26 billion.”
- Create Digital Music » Cellist Zoe Keating on Quitting Your Day Job, Going on Tour – “Should you quit your day job and go on tour with a rock band? That’s the question answered by cellist Zoe Keating at Ignite, the 5-minute hyperpresentation series put on by O’Reilly.”
“Heard around the world moments before Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of The United States of America, Air and Simple Gifts is now available for sale exclusively through iTunes. The piece, written by American composer John Williams for the Inaugauration (sic) of Barack Obama, premiered in Washington, DC, and on simultaneous broadcasts around the world in a performance by Yo-Yo Ma, Anthony McGill, Itzhak Perlman and Gabriela Montero.
Since January 20th, we have received a multitude of requests to purchase the piece performed by the quartet at President Obama’s inauguration. We are now pleased to make available “Air and Simple Gifts” exclusively on iTunes.
Below please find the press release and link to listen to Air and Simple Gifts for your review. Please let me know if you would like to set up contests or features on this release.
If you decide to cover this, I would greatly appreciate you forwarding me a link to the coverage.”
All the best,
MUSIC FROM PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION
RELEASED ON SONY MASTERWORKS
YO-YO MA JOINED BY ITZHAK PERLMAN, GABRIELA MONTERO & ANTHONY MCGILL IN NEW WORK – AIR AND SIMPLE GIFTS – WRITTEN ESPECIALLY FOR BARACK OBAMA’S INAUGURATION BY JOHN WILLIAMS
AIR AND SIMPLE GIFTS AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 11, 2009
Air and Simple Gifts, the classical work composed to celebrate the historic inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States, has been released on Sony Masterworks via iTunes. The work, written especially for the talents of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman, pianist Gabriela Montero and clarinetist Anthony McGill by the American composer John Williams, was first heard at noon on January 20, 2009, by millions of people around the globe, as Barack Obama officially became President. The recording of Air and Simple Gifts is available to the public on February 11, 2009.
Air and Simple Gifts is the first classical quartet to be played at a Presidential inauguration. Williams based the piece on the familiar nineteenth-century Shaker hymn “Simple Gifts” by Joseph Brackett. The source piece is famous for its appearance in Aaron Copland’s score for the ballet Appalachian Spring. Williams chose the selection knowing that Copland is one of President Obama’s favorite classical composers.
“We are thrilled to be able to make this historic piece of music available to the public as a special memento of the inauguration,” commented Alex Miller, General Manager of Sony Masterworks and the Victor label. “The public’s response to Air and Simple Gifts was as immediate and dramatic as the occasion itself, and captured the optimism and hope of the nation at a pivotal moment in America’s history.”
“I was deeply honored to be invited to participate in the Presidential inauguration with Itzhak Perlman, Anthony McGill and Gabriela Montero,” Yo-Yo Ma stated. “I am thrilled that this composition by John Williams, which so beautifully expressed the magnitude and emotion of the occasion, can continue to inspire people everywhere.”
Yo-Yo Ma has been enjoying one of the most successful recordings of his illustrious 30-year career with Sony Masterworks. The release of Songs of Joy & Peace debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Classical Overall and Classical Crossover Charts and reached #20 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, Ma’s highest position ever. It also had the unusual distinction of selling more recordings in one week than any other in the history of his recording career.
Yo-Yo Ma is a world-renowned cellist, educator, and ambassador for the arts. His awards include the Avery Fisher Prize, the Glenn Gould Prize, and the National Medal of the Arts. Appointed a CultureConnect Ambassador by the United States Department of State in 2002, Yo-Yo Ma has met with, trained, and mentored thousands of students worldwide. In 2006, Secretary General Kofi Annan named him a U.N. Messenger of Peace, and in 2007 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon extended his appointment.
Sony Classical, RCA Red Seal and deutsche harmonia mundi are labels of SONY MASTERWORKS. For e-mail updates and information regarding Sony Classical, RCA Red Seal and deutsche harmonia mundi artists, promotions, tours and repertoire, please visit Sony Masterworks
sony music’s dana saltzman replied to my email this morning.
Thank you Paul. It is always good for us to stay in touch with what people are saying. We will always have people who love and people who hate the music that we release. I am glad that people have forums to speak their mind, but I do have to say, we have had such a large demand for this track that Yo-Yo’s site crashed from a high volume of traffic.
All the best,
Sony Music Commercial Music Group
Manager, Digital Marketing
550 Madison Avenue # 1671
REDCAT Spring StudioMay 17 & 18, 2008, 8:30 pmRoy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater631 W 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 The latest edition of REDCAT’s ongoing performance series brings together a dynamic range of six emerging and established Los Angeles artists to launch new projects, investigate new forms and experiment with new ideas. Curated by [...]
That I can’t say love each other. Or stop and look at things. Or don’t concentrate wealth. Everything I have to say has been said a million times better, plus it’s a cliché. Plus…and here’s the kicker-it doesn’t change anything. The inevitability of history hits me like a mallet over the head. There is no [...]
that was a great show yesterday, here are some of the highlights: my apologies for sending bruce gallego (pbe guitar) on unexpected tour of east-la trying to find the gallery i was surprised that kathy hargraves (dangerous curve gallery owner) was able to kick a film shoot off her street because they didn’t have the [...]
Although I have decided to at least temporarily continue to make my music available, I am entirely finished with the music establishment. No mainstream American music institution will be permitted to perform my work (Not that there’s much chance of it anyway). Why? Because it’s a rigged game and because it’s run by the elite; [...]
why are we still teaching four part dictation? to answer this i think you first have to ask where did it come from. after two years of trying to teach the “traditional” musicianship curriculum (and failing), i thought a little research on the history of these classes would be useful. from my brief survey (only [...]
the results of the my latest compositions are starting to take shape. one of these new pieces (fearless leader) represents a new direction for my music. ligeti’s death got me thinking about his famous quote:
“Now there is no taboo; everything is allowed. But one cannot simply go back to tonality, it’s not the way. We must find a way of neither going back nor continuing the avant-garde. I am in a prison: one wall is the avant-garde, the other wall is the past, and I want to escape.”
i think his point isn’t really about the rejection of tonality or the acceptance of the avant guard, but the idea that once you choose to follow freight train theory of history, to progress you must reject something else to move forward (ernest krenek in the ockeghem bio).
i think there is a third way. innovation for the sake of something new can lead empty art. my new works are influenced by performance considerations than by artistic innovation. not anything i’m doing is new or cutting edge, but the combinations of these ideas are a practical matter and a response to the limitations of performance and rehearsal i have faced for the past three years.
the pieces are written in c score, to be played by an indeterminate size ensemble so that we are able to adjust the orchestration for each group that gets together to play.
these pieces also have an indeterminacy of parts, form and orchestration. they can be realized in a performance in a precomposed fashion in which all the parts are assigned and the piece unfolds in a specific manner.
yet we also can create a version so that in some sections the musicians can choose which lines to play and even change the form and internal repetition structure from show to show.
somehow the idea of opening up the score for future “customization” makes more sense to me these days. i can think of many examples of similar ideas (duke ellington, charles mingus, terry riley, cornelius cardew…) but this is more an solution to a specific problem.
in rehearsal the early realizations of this have been powerful. it changes the power structure of an ensemble; for us to make music you have to go beyond just playing what is on the page. decisions are made and agreed upon with the ensemble that really matter in performance. how do we want this to unfold? what is the best way to get to the center of this music? where is this piece going? so far many of the “happy accidents” have made the music much stronger. there is such a difference when everybody is when they are given freedom to choose and interact than when they are assigned a specific role.
three years ago i created this ensemble with an idea of an specific instrumentation that i was interested in working with. now i have turned around 180 degrees. its all about having a group a people that want to get together and make music on a consistent basis because we have to express ourselves through the communal nature of rehearsal and performance. the size of the ensemble can expand and contract based on our busy schedules, a only moderately balanced quorum is needed to put on a show. in a very early review, i hope these “adjustments” to my process have freed my ensemble to create music in a more creative and collaborative way and perform in far more often in the future. fto!
Changing jobs this fall has also led to the cutting back around and sticking to a budget. first to go was the beloved satellite dish and tivo. we had really grown accustomed to the convenience of time shifting. skipping past commercials and watching shows on demand fit in well with our busy schedules. now podcasting [...]
i been sitting around mulling over sunday’s setlist for the last couple of days. around wednesday i realized that we had enough music for two sets, only one of them worked well so i decided to let the 2nd set breath a little by adding some of erik satie’s short pieces from his sports and [...]
thanks devin for the nudge…. Total Volume of Music on your computer?studio pc-1198 songs, 7.5gbstudio mac, 2791, 18.6gb Last CD you bought?gimmie fiction, spoon Songs/Albums/Podcasts currently playing? i usually alternate between listening to pop music, art music, and my audible subscriptions of this american life. now that a cheaper version is available (podcasting) i have [...]
that is a good question, my blog posts have been few and far between for the last few months. (thanks to the fredosphere for nudging me out of my van down by the river) . After reading Ayelet Waldman’s article in today’s Salon i realized that i also fit a similar pattern (although without the [...]
there must be something in the air, or i’m in a real hypersensitive place. many of my favorite bloggers are musing on some really interesting topics. so many, that my head hurts and wish the earth’s rotation would slow to ponder them more. uTopianTurtleTop blogs about critics condescension. i especially agree with his thoughts on [...]
nicole is mostly responsible for the creation of the new vocal extravaganza, retrace our steps. she is great singer, collaborator and supporter (and she brought me other great singers also), i would a poor shlub without her. so step right up…. singing nightly in the la, but commuting daily to the oc and maintaining a [...]
12-30-04_1933.jpg, originally uploaded by pbailey. Hey there folks, it’s Matt the bassist. So I’m here to introduce myself and I’m probably first because I’m the only lamer hanging out on the internet late enough to get Paul’s late night emails….so on to the pertinent info. name: matt menaged occupation(s): nice guy bassist training: mostly private [...]
hello to all, this blog is my daily musings about creating music, running a ensemble and trying to be a human being in los angeles. today is a good example… i met with a record producer (Ronan Chris Murphy), not to promote my music, but to get some advice about what I am doing. Ronan [...]