Samn Johnson Der lindenbaum-Mahler 1 Remix (2011)
“I created my “remix” of the first movement of Mahler for a contest held by the Berlin Philharmonic. My approach was to dissect the piece to its basic units such as chords or short gestures, and then reconfiguring these basic materials in my own style. To me this represents an interesting study into the workings of the obvious influence larger scale form exerts on the perception of style. It is very appealing to me to create music that sounds almost nothing like Mahler (whose style i would never want to imitate) but still is derived from his work. Despite not wanting to sound like Mahler, I enjoy and admire his music a lot, and am glad this piece allowed me to make a nod to it, while staying true to my own stylistic ideas. In order to embellish the orchestral samples, I also recorded some of my own celesta and organ playing, which I subjected to the same degree of cutting up and processing as the Mahler. It was all put together in Ableton Live.” via the composer
bandcamp EP http://samnjohnson.bandcamp.com/album/shades
Dan Kreiger (aka For Jerz): The Notorious B.I.G. & Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag: Just Playing/Dreams (NSFW)
Dan Kreiger (aka For Jerz): Just Playing (Dreams) ft. The Notorious B.I.G. & Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag (NSFW)
The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag” – Just Playing (Dreams) [pianist/pd: Dan Kreiger] by Dan Kreiger aka For Jerz
“One thing that I have always loved about The Notorious B.I.G. is the overall musicality and beauty of his voice. It is somehow simultaneously low and high in timbre, and also carries a passionate tone that I find indescribably gripping.
Because of his natural ownership of the meter, as well as the timeless quality of his voice, I believe that Biggie’s rapping invites different accompaniments. I decided play Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag” in its entirety along with Biggie’s “Dreams (Just Playin).”
Perhaps the least organic aspect of this project was using ProTools. In other words, I close mic’ed a Boston acoustic grand piano, put on headphones, and played Joplin’s classic ragtime piece along with Biggie’s acapella vocal track.
John Coltrane once said that losing his place while playing with Thelonious Monk was like “falling down an empty elevator shaft.” Coltrane was commenting on the fact that Monk had a sense of time so unique and solid, that one must be completely engaged and immersed in the groove in order to follow along.
The challenge while creating this Joplin/Notorious B.I.G. piece was reminiscent of Coltrane’s quote. Biggie’s time is spot on and one wrong note or rhythmic error on my part meant “edit, undo, start over.” Therefore, I had to know Joplin’s piece well before I could play it with Biggie. BIG’s always in the pocket, and therefore I knew that as long as I stuck with him rhythmically and dynamically, then the music would hook up.”
“Glibs” is about trying to create a static yet floating or soaring environment. I use Paul Muller’s minimalist textures a lot in my IF (ImprovFriday) mashes and usually use most or all of his tracks, but this time i just took a few bars and looped them with some processing to create a pulsing, energized, harmonic pad.
To this groove I couldn’t resist adding and tweaking Jukka-Pekka Kervien’s glitchtronica, which is also very busy but ultimately a static texture. On top of these controlled fireworks Adam Kondor’s sparse string lines hover, providing an acoustic contrast with slow melancholic melodies and counterpoint. I manipulated these lines a fair amount to get them to sit right in the harmony and in the mix.
Finally I added some warm pizzicato bass tones to flesh out the spectrum and add harmonic nuance. So ultimately it’s the acoustic string elements that provide form, and the electronic parts ,both stable and chaotic, that serve as eternal and essentially unchanging presences.
I like the simultaneously human and otherworldly feelings thesecontrasts can provide, and love the fact that these elements were contributed from around the planet and remixed within a weekend.”
via Improv Friday Event June 17th-19th 2010
commentary via Improv Friday podcast August 18th 2010
Adam Kondor’s memorial to his ex-wife who died in a fall while rock climbing. The performance is a mashup of found sounds/field recordings and his wife performing his Six Sonate for Cimbalom Solo
“Ildikó was one of the world’s premiere cimbalom players (in Adam’s own words “She was the best cimbalom player in Hungary, and for classical music probably the best all over the world – not many people play Bach on cimbalom”), and a composer in her own right. She’s featured on all kinds of major recordings, and had worked with everyone from Kurtag to Ligeti to Eötvös (in fact she was soloist just last January in NYC at Zankel Hall, in a concert led by Eötvös)” http://bit.ly/6rMCcq
you can read more about the memorial here
Today is a double post featuring a two tracks from last weeks ImprovFriday Event (January 8th-9th 2009)
Paul Muller: Fast Piece for Two Recorders “Somehow this started out as Philip Glass and wound up as bluegrass…”
and the remix of it
mashup remix improv meditation of mike crain’s “wandering”
(Music source: samples from old answering machine tape treated and arranged in ACID) — Voices of relatives and friends of cellist / performance artist Charlotte Moorman (1933-1991), from one of her old answering machine tapes (mid-late 1970s?). All other sounds as well are derived from noises on the same tape.” via niwo.com