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« Reply #60 on: December 05, 2014, 08:11:16 AM »
I finally have my own copy of Become Ocean. Nice to have something better than streaming.  :)

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Re: John Luther Adams (b. 1953)
« Reply #61 on: December 05, 2014, 08:22:03 AM »
I finally have my own copy of Become Ocean. Nice to have something better than streaming.  :)

Indeed. I'm not entirely impressed with the CD package itself, but it is what's inside that package that's most important, right? ;)
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« Reply #62 on: December 05, 2014, 08:53:08 AM »
Indeed. I'm not entirely impressed with the CD package itself, but it is what's inside that package that's most important, right? ;)

I wasn't expecting a DVD too. Looks like they spent a lot of money on the packaging. Everybody got a credit!

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« Reply #63 on: December 05, 2014, 08:15:23 PM »
I wasn't expecting a DVD too. Looks like they spent a lot of money on the packaging. Everybody got a credit!

But there's virtually no notes from the composer about the work or any kind of essay about the possible genesis and how things came to be. The DVD isn't anything to write home about to be honest. The 5.1 surround sound is quite nice, but there doesn't seem to be much inventiveness when it came to the actual slideshow that accompanies the music. Anyway, all my negatives aside, Become Ocean has been one of my musical highlights this year. Simply a gorgeous work from start to finish.
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« Reply #64 on: December 05, 2014, 08:50:13 PM »
Liner notes would be nice, they could have even included them on the DVD.

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Re: John Luther Adams (b. 1953)
« Reply #65 on: December 08, 2014, 05:12:39 PM »
Someone mentioned this forthcoming release earlier, but we finally have a timeline on it, January 13th:

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« Reply #66 on: January 13, 2015, 04:09:57 PM »
It is now WQXR Q2 Music Album of the Week. I just started listening to it.

John Luther Adams Harnesses Sound and Silence in 'The Wind in High Places'

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« Reply #67 on: January 14, 2015, 04:53:53 AM »
It is now WQXR Q2 Music Album of the Week. I just started listening to it.

John Luther Adams Harnesses Sound and Silence in 'The Wind in High Places'
Thanks for posting. I'm looking forward to this.

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« Reply #68 on: January 17, 2015, 11:06:24 AM »
Someone mentioned this forthcoming release earlier, but we finally have a timeline on it, January 13th:



I've heard it a few times, now I'll have to buy it.

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Re: John Luther Adams (b. 1953)
« Reply #69 on: January 18, 2015, 08:00:04 AM »
John Luther Adams Discography - More of a checklist with links than a discography.
video: John Luther Adams: Red Arc/Blue Veil (for percussion, piano and electronics)
MUSIC FOR WRITERS: JOHN LUTHER ADAMS – ‘TO BECOME AN AEOLIAN HARP MYSELF’



John Luther Adams - the Far Country
Whole album streaming...out of print on CD, New Albion stopped CD production on their catalog a few years ago.





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« Reply #70 on: January 18, 2015, 01:15:12 PM »
John Luther Adams Discography - More of a checklist with links than a discography.
video: John Luther Adams: Red Arc/Blue Veil (for percussion, piano and electronics)
MUSIC FOR WRITERS: JOHN LUTHER ADAMS – ‘TO BECOME AN AEOLIAN HARP MYSELF’



John Luther Adams - the Far Country
Whole album streaming...out of print on CD, New Albion stopped CD production on their catalog a few years ago.

A lot of good music & info, thank you! I didn't know about the early two albums (A Northern Suite/Night Peace & Forest Without Leaves), which seem releases only on LP. Also didn't know Cornelius Dufallo's Journaling. I'll check it out.

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« Reply #71 on: January 20, 2015, 05:05:32 PM »
picked up a copy of In the White Silence yesterday, I'm on my third listen. I'm obsessed now.

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« Reply #72 on: January 24, 2015, 12:39:17 PM »
The string quartet The Wind in High Places is the most interesting piece. Unusual, and beautiful. [/i]“Over the course of almost twenty minutes, the fingers of the musicians never touch the fingerboards of the instruments.”[/i] (Adams) I have an album of aeolian harps, which sounds very different, but I feel I understand what he said: "I think I’ve wanted to resonate with the wind…to become an Aeolian harp myself."
And I was overwhelmed with the cello ensemble piece. Just gorgeous. Dream of the Canyon Wren is a strange piece. Mimicking a wren song?

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« Reply #73 on: January 24, 2015, 07:11:58 PM »
The string quartet The Wind in High Places is the most interesting piece. Unusual, and beautiful. [/i]“Over the course of almost twenty minutes, the fingers of the musicians never touch the fingerboards of the instruments.”[/i] (Adams) I have an album of aeolian harps, which sounds very different, but I feel I understand what he said: "I think I’ve wanted to resonate with the wind…to become an Aeolian harp myself."

Is it anything like Louis Andriessen's Symphony for Open Strings (uses a small ensemble of scordatura strings played entirely on their open strings)?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2LG0Tmredg
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Re: John Luther Adams (b. 1953)
« Reply #74 on: January 24, 2015, 09:11:29 PM »
Is it anything like Louis Andriessen's Symphony for Open Strings (uses a small ensemble of scordatura strings played entirely on their open strings)?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2LG0Tmredg

I think there are some similarities in sounds, but the styles are very different. Andriessen's piece is rhythmical & repetitive, while Adams's is slow and meditative, played mostly in high registers. The way the sounds of strings entangle is reminiscent of aeolian harps.

You can listen to The Wind in High Places on youtube.
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0FmGIVOFiHr9w3EtWppSzcfea0y2DcZO

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« Reply #75 on: January 24, 2015, 10:47:06 PM »
The album was recently for streaming on Q2, a blog on WQXR.org, and I managed to download it off of there. It actually might still be there, in case anyone wants to get it, instead of hassling with YouTube.
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Re: John Luther Adams (b. 1953)
« Reply #76 on: February 07, 2015, 04:58:01 AM »
The string quartet The Wind in High Places is the most interesting piece. Unusual, and beautiful. “Over the course of almost twenty minutes, the fingers of the musicians never touch the fingerboards of the instruments.” (Adams) I have an album of aeolian harps, which sounds very different, but I feel I understand what he said: "I think I’ve wanted to resonate with the wind…to become an Aeolian harp myself."


La Monte Young's string qt Kronos Kristala is played entirely with harmonics on open strings.


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« Reply #77 on: February 15, 2015, 06:39:52 AM »
John Luther Adams Discography - More of a checklist with links than a discography.

now with audio links...entire albums on uTube.

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Re: John Luther Adams (b. 1953)
« Reply #78 on: February 15, 2015, 01:09:50 PM »
now with audio links...entire albums on uTube.
Thank you for it. I listened to Three High Places (2007) on Cornelius Dufallo's Journaling. It is basically the same music as The Wind in High Places (2011), only shorter and for solo violin. It sounds a little bit more hoarse, but a fascinating piece as well.


The second section can be heard on soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/innovadotmu/8-john-luther-adams-three-high

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« Reply #79 on: February 15, 2015, 01:30:11 PM »
Thanks.

on a different note...

uTube is, of course, no substitute for a CD. JLA's music is so hifi.