Various answering machine messages from Frank Zappa's home recording studio, the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen:
As suspenseful now as it was in the 70s when this short film was shown to our grade school. And yeah, that's a young Ed Begley Jr., so enjoy that. Still, wow, terrifying.
The critic Ekkehard Jost wrote that "Ayler's negation of fixed pitches finds a counterpart in Peacock's and Murray's negation of the beat. In no group of this time is so little heard of a steady beat [...] The absolute rhythmic freedom frequently leads to action on three independent rhythmic planes." Maintaining these qualities required deep group interaction. Ayler himself said of the record, "We weren't playing, we were listening to each other". The Penguin Guide to Jazz selected this album as part of its suggested "Core Collection" and awarded it a "crown".
This is an original film I produced. I was thinking of it as an art installation. So, there's that. Oh, and the music is a tune, in full, by Charlie Haden and John McLaughlin. So there's that as well.
Pete Seeger died yesterday (Monday night). The world is better off because of him and worse off without him. Take a real break and listen to him and consider his words.
Party Music For The Weekend - This tune is from Patrick Simmons of The Doobie Brothers - It's a fantastic groove…
“An activist is someone who cannot help but fight for something. That person is not usually motivated by a need for power or money or fame, but in fact is driven slightly mad by some injustice, some cruelty, some unfairness, so much so that he or she is compelled by some internal moral engine to act to make it better.”
All Music Guide:
One of my YouTube videos now has over 1,000,000 views.
Got your attention? Good. Here's the whole story:
There's a musician/composer named Darren Solomon. He's based in Los Angeles, and has had a pretty diverse career, from work as a bass player for Ray Charles to crafting the Clio-award-winning music for the M&Ms commercial featuring Megan Mullally. He's also willing to experiment now and again. One of his experiments involved taking advantage of the fact that you can play more than one YouTube video at a time (if you didn't realize this, pick a YouTube video, play it, then open a new window and play another YouTube video - they'll overlap without a complaint).
Solomon sent out a call, asking for submissions of YouTube videos, where the audio would be in the key of Bb, and where the tempo would be A piacere - that is, no specific tempo, the notes should be played as the performer sees fit. Solomon's idea was that he would take a variety of the submissions and put them all on one page, so that when you loaded the page, you could play any of the YouTube videos to create your own musical texture. This became http://www.inbflat.net/
I submitted a video, a solo cello voice wandering gently. Miraculously, that video was picked for inclusion on the In Bb page. If you go to the page, my video is in the bottom row, second from the left. A million views later, and it's still getting mileage. In fact, earlier this year, right around my birthday, our local Fox affiliate ran a segment featuring Mr. Solomon, mentioning his In Bb experiment. Here's that segment:
For all of you who take the initiative and create your own art and your own experiments, for those of you who put yourselves out there, who give voice to thought, who stand up when everyone else sits down, I salute you.
"The Third Reich 'n Roll is a 1976 album by the U.S. avant-garde rock group The Residents. Their second (officially) released album, it is a parody and satire of pop music and commercials from the 1960s. The work consists of two side-long pastiches of various songs from the period. The liner notes state that approximately 30 songs have been utilised. Some are obvious, while others are almost unrecognizable."