Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Radiohead Arrangements (yikes)

A few months ago I was asked to do some arrangements of a couple of Radiohead tunes for small chamber ensemble. 

They are somewhat a mix of what is on the record and the arrangements done by Christopher O'Reilly for solo piano

The concerts went well and the arrangements got a really good response and I finally got the recordings so here they are.

I hope they aren't too sacrilegious.


Monday, June 29, 2009

Another New Artist

Here is another new artist (well, new to me) for your sampling. If you are one of those people who tend to enjoy things of a minimalist nature (especially when they attempt to avoid all the normal minimalist pitfalls) this might be an artist for you.

James Blackshaw

He is a guitar player (most often 12 string, which is really nice) who writes some interesting minimalist textures, most often for himself on guitar and piano (someone else on piano, he doesn't have four arms), which is a pretty nice combination, often using some kind of drone instrument or technique. All in all, I find it soothing and creates many of those moments that I enjoy that makes time become irrelevant to your existence, which is my preferred state of mind.

There are some interesting YouTube videos of him here, you can sample his music on his Myspace page and there is a pretty nice interview with him on Pitchfork (which, incidentally is a pretty nice site for perusing.)

He has several albums you can check out.

Many people don't enjoy these kinds of textures, and I understand that, and have been criticized for enjoying this stuff, but there is just something about it that makes me happy and calm. Steve Reich puts me into a trance, if that makes any sense at all.

in any case, check him out... ENJOY!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New Artist

If at any point in the musical spectrum you fall down on the folk side of things you should check out this young artist. Barely 18, just graduated from high school this young guitar/banjo/mandolin player and sultry singer has already made herself a name around the folk world and hopefully will continue to do so. Really nice tight songs, beautiful vocal lines and some really great lyric work.

you can check out some of her performances on youtube.

She also does a really nice cover of The Decemberist's "Shankill Butchers" as well as a really interesting rendition of Tom Waits' "Come On Up To The House".


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Metempsychosis for Sale

Metempsychosis is now for sale at ThatNewMusicWebsite

If you don't know what that is, check it out. It is a very interesting idea created by Christopher Brubaker. You can upload PDF files of scores and sale them for whatever you deem them worth. You can also upload papers and recordings etc... 

An interesting idea that seems to be doing quite well, so I thought I would put up a piece and see what happens.