May 17, 2014

Johannes Van Bree — Allegro for Four String Quartets

(Allegro for [string quartet]² ?)

…ah yes, another classic from the long list of works for four string quartets. I have to admire the work’s simplicity though — it seems like it was written mostly as an exercise in instrumentation. The themes are straightforward, playable, and really legible to the listener. 

The hardest part about this work is finding the right group of people to play it with you…

(#hd) [3]

re: the above — when will there be an application that generates these sorts of videos automatically from a given work/recording? can software be taught to listen to classical music and cue it with a scan of the score?

some of the pieces to coordinate: OCR, audio analysis, interface with IMSLP(/other library of scores), interface with Spotify(/other library of classical recordings)

Oct 11, 2013

Fiona Apple — Hot Knife

Sep 28, 2013
My mom lost her life to cancer this week. 
I love you so much, Mom.

My mom lost her life to cancer this week.
I love you so much, Mom.

Sep 18, 2013

Keep going.

Aug 19, 2013

Robin Pecknold — White Lace Regretfully

Aug 6, 2013

Tears for Fears — Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Aug 6, 2013
at Oregon Football Performance Center

at Oregon Football Performance Center

Jul 14, 2013

Kraftwerk — Computer World
(2009 Remaster)

It blows my mind that this came out in 1981.

Jul 14, 2013

Emerson String Quartet plays the Mendelssohn Octet with themselves

(and part 2)

Jul 4, 2013

Gustav Mahler — excerpt from Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection): V.Im Tempo des Scherzos
conducted by Pierre Boulez, Myung-Whun Chung, Mariss Jansons, Claudio Abbado, Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein, Simon Rattle, and Christian Vásquez

I love the comparison between conductors here. This is such a powerful point in Mahler (and symphonic music in general) and to see each conductor’s personal touches on it side-by-side is pretty neat.

To stand on a podium in front of that kind of sound…