Week 11: X + I
Mercury: Sufjan Stevens / Bryce Dessner / Nico Muhly – Planetarium: a song-cycle for seven trombones and string quartet
Mercury retrograde: Death Grips – RETROGRADE
It’s inspired by Mercury being in retrograde right now (until April 4, 2012). The piece is an expression of the infinite/fractal nature of every moment in time. When creating music, we are sticking/unsticking ourselves to endless time snakes—the idea that the smallest/tiniest of moments contains everything in the universe—Progress/becoming UNSTUCK.
The piece itself is a musical instrument. Our real performances are disassembled, mangled, and thrown back together in a renegade way. We recommend the “PLAY ALL” button. This is exactly how we create our art. It’s dirty, chaotic, and constantly on the brink of catastrophic failure. We encourage others to deconstruct our ideas and this piece in similar ways. We are excited about people creating their own content out of this device. It’s not about the machine itself but the process of exploration.
NPR Tiny Desk Concert: So Percussion
Week 9: Back to school. This week is about Renaissance and starting anew. Aside from the beautiful springtime weather and feeling refreshed from spring break (see above), I’m feeling inspired by my good friend Kyle Page, who has recently finished a year-long project with his magnum opus string quartet, aptly titled 2011. Download it here.
Old/New friends: Troy Herion – Solid Break
Clown and Sunset label – The Prism
Tristan Perich – Breathing Portraits