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Palestine pianoCharlemagne Palestine – From Etude to Cataclysms for the Doppio Borgato
(Sub Rosa SR272)

When I finally heard Charlemagne Palestine (aka Charles Martin) about thirteen years ago after ages of his music being an obscure rumor, I could hear similarities to other minimalist composers. There was his singing influenced by Indian classical music, electronic music with sine tones and just about best of all, his solo piano music like From Etude to Cataclysms for the Doppio Borgato. Palestine obsessively repeats notes on the piano, bringing out the overtones and generating a humming droning wall of music. There have been numerous recordings of his piano music released over the years, what makes this piece different is a double grand with 2 separate piano harps. One keyboard is played by the hands and the other like a church carillon (bells) or an organ with the feet – all the more notes to be played at once.

David Beardsley
June 2008

Originally published in the Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter.

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20833_1472387362746_2720190_nHolger Czukay – Movies (Revisited Records)
Eliane Radigue – Jetsun Mila (Lovely Music)
Steve Reich – Music for 18 Musicians (Nonesuch)
John Cage – Two, Five & Seven (hat Art)
Rhys Chatham – Two Gongs (Table of the Elements)
John Tavener – The Veil of the Temple (Signum Classics)
Leo Smith – Reflectativity (Tzadik)
Tim Berne’s Snakeoil – Shadow Man (ECM)
Robin Trower – State to State: Live Across America (WEA)
Humble Pie – Performance: Rockin’ The Fillmore – The Complete Recordings (Omnivore Recordings)
Adrian Belew – Lone Rhino

Luigi RussoloLuigi Russolo

The Art Of Noise – (Who’s Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise (ZZT)
Louis Goldstein, John Cage – Sonatas and Interludes, Dream (Greensye)
Ives Ensemble, John Cage – Ten, Ryoanji, Fourteen (hat ART)
The Tallis Scholars – The Palestrina 400 Collection (Gimell)
Arvo Part – Lamentate (ECM)
John Coltrane – Sun Ship (Impulse!)
John Coltrane – Expression (Impulse!)
Paradoxical Frog – Union (Clean Feed)
Paradoxical Frog – Paradoxical Frog (Clean Feed)
John Abercrombie – 39 Steps (ECM)
Dave Holland – Prism (Dare2)
Vijay Iyer – Panoptic Modes (Pi)

Brian Eno – Music for Airports, time stretched

Harry BertoiaI haven’t been listening to as much Jazz I usually do, but have been digging into my baroque, post-classical and ambient collection. Listening to lots of Harold Budd, Brian Eno, Aphex Twin, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, JS Bach, A Vivaldi, D Buxtehude and others.

Harry Bertoia – Unfolding (Modern Music/PSF Records)

Wiki: “Italian-born artist, sound art sculptor, and modern furniture designer.”

Sounds like metal sculpture, electronic. Stunning…all of his recordings seem to be out of print. Bad situation!

Alan Lamb – Primal Image (Dorobo)

Lamb composes his music with telegraph wires, blowing in the wind, sensitive to climatic change. Stunning , rumbling music. Massive or as the kids today would say, epic.

Wiki: “Alan Lamb is an Australian artist, composer, and sound sculptor.

He is best known for installations of large scale Aeolian harps, such as his album Primal Image, which consists of contact microphone recordings of kilometre long spans of telegraph wire on 12 acres (49,000 m2) in rural Baldivis south of Perth purchased for that purpose.”

also: Australian Sound Design Project biographical entry and bio: 22 Contemporary Australian Composers.

R. Andrew Lee – Eva​-​Maria Houben: Piano Music (Irritible Hedgehog)

R. Andrew Lee, specialist in minimal piano music, plays quiet piano music with space.

Peter Garland – The Days Run Away (Tzadik)

Quiet piano here, too.

Skip Sempé, harpsichord playing François Couperin – Harpsichord Works (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi)

That’s all for now. I heard much more, I just wasn’t keeping track of it all.


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