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Offline Mandryka

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Re: Hold a single note or chord for a whole hour, and call it music.
« Reply #40 on: March 09, 2021, 12:31:30 PM »
So far I've held off buying this

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Monolithic-Undertow-Search-Sonic-Oblivion/dp/1474615236/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Monolithic+Undertow&qid=1615321794&sr=8-1

I feel a bit ambivalent about drone music. I mean, do we really need so much of it?
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Re: Hold a single note or chord for a whole hour, and call it music.
« Reply #41 on: March 09, 2021, 10:23:48 PM »
I feel a bit ambivalent about drone music. I mean, do we really need so much of it?

No, I enjoy a certain amount in the mix and prefer earlier works that were groundbreaking at the time to derivatives decades later.

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Re: Hold a single note or chord for a whole hour, and call it music.
« Reply #42 on: May 09, 2021, 06:34:44 AM »


https://www.discogs.com/London-Contemporary-Orchestra-Giacinto-Scelsi-String-Trio/release/16244055

I completely missed this when it came out last year - late Scelsi, drone and microtone stuff, so you know the gen, but still . . .  a good example of the gen. 

However I have to say that my first impressions of the performance are not entirely positive, I think that Arditti did a more nuanced and subtle recording of the string trio.

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Re: Hold a single note or chord for a whole hour, and call it music.
« Reply #43 on: May 09, 2021, 06:46:51 AM »


https://www.discogs.com/London-Contemporary-Orchestra-Giacinto-Scelsi-String-Trio/release/16244055

I completely missed this when it came out last year - late Scelsi, drone and microtone stuff, so you know the gen, but still . . .  a good example of the gen. 

However I have to say that my first impressions of the performance are not entirely positive, I think that Arditti did a more nuanced and subtle recording of the string trio.

Thanks for the report, I don’t actually have any recordings of the trio yet.

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« Reply #44 on: July 01, 2021, 08:27:24 AM »


Listening to this today, La Monte Young’s melodic version of the second Chinese dream. It’s one note music, and I know, we’ve heard it all before and what’s the point of more of the same. But I do think that somehow La Monte Young has magic powers and can hold down a note for an hour and turn it into music.


It may just be me of course.
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« Reply #45 on: July 06, 2021, 10:49:58 PM »


Listening to Georg Friedrich Haas’s 9th quartet, about 40 minutes of drone and overtone music, it struck me how so much of Haas’s music is like Radigue’s , Radigue of Trilogie de la Mort - I mean drone and melody created in the distance shimmering quietly and mystically. There are dynamic changes which make it ebb and flow beautifully. And there are events which, in context, appear fairly important - the entry of cello, a modulation, that sort of thing.

I’m not sure if this quartet is designed to be heard with sensory deprivation, i.e. in complete darkness. I read somewhere that it is very composed, as composed as a quartet by Haydn. And that’s an interesting move on Haas’s part, I think some of his  earlier quartets were more a sketch of ideas for the musicians to play with.

This is a very fine piece of music, and a great performance. It deserves to be more easily available - PM me if you want it. I don’t think it has been released commercially and I’m not sure how I got it.
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