Lukas Krohn-Grimberghe makes a case for why the contemporary winner takes all music model adversely effects classical music in the era of subscription stream. Besides the lump sum pot from which musicians get royalties and the fractions of a cent royalties paid per play, there's a third problem that Krohn-Grimberghe says harms the possibility for musicians to net royalties when they're in genres and styles of music that are not at the top of the listening habits of subscribers:
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020
Today is the 75th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest rural blues musicians the United States has ever given the world, Blind Willie Johnson
So little can be firmly documented about Johnson's life that even if there is officially a biography about Johnson reader consensus is that the biography adds little to nothing you can't find out in liner notes. It "may" be better to run with Jas Obrecht's book Early Blues instead. There is now agreement that he died September 18, 1945, although an earlier account placed Johnson's death in 1949, so there's an outside possibility that if the later date could be confirmed as correct this wouldn't be the 75th anniversary of Johnson's death, after all. Still, to go by contemporary consensus, today is that day.
If you have never heard Blind Willie Johnson's music and have any interest at all in early blues then do yourself a favor and get his complete recordings, whether through Amazon or maybe preferably your local music shop.
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Vox Switched on Pop series discusses Beethoven's 5th and gets pushback ... thoughts on canards about B's "breaking the rules" that he didn't exactly break and on the elevation of a more modern B whose gotten criticism for her Americanist pan-African symbolism that ignores contemporary Africa
Although in terms of sheer airplay and exposure Michael Jackson's Thriller is more prominent, at a cultural-symbolic level Beethoven's Fifth Symphony has had it said in its favor that "we didn't know we needed the Fifth until Beethoven wrote it". That could, as far as assertions go, be said about Michael Jackson's Thriller. By way of reports of abusive fathers the King of Pop and the crowned king of the symphony seem to have had some things in common, one of which can be the searing loyalty of their cultist-devotees.
Someone could argue Michael Jackson was "the greatest of all time" because he wrote songs, he could sing, and he could dance while Stevie Wonder could sing and write songs but wasn't a dancer; Marvin Gaye could sing and write songs but couldn't dance like Michael and before long I notice that there's a distinctly post-Wagnerian total-work-of-art argument that is explicit in the case for Jackson being superior to Stevie Wonder or Marvin Gaye. That such a set of claims on behalf of Jackson reflect what are ultimately and paradoxically Wagnerian ideals of the total work of art transposed on to a single human life as mediated by the cumulative reception history of music journalism and scholarship is only paradoxical in the sense that Wagner's views on race are not those of twenty-first century Americans, by and large.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Alex Ross' book Wagnerism is out and I will, of course, read it ... if not perhaps at a speedy pace. :)
So ... if you want to take a long but not-so-long-as-could-be trek through Wagner and his legacy Alex Ross' new book Wagnerism "might" be the book for you.
And a few reviews, because sometimes you can pick up things from reviews that help you decide whether you want to read the book to begin with. I made that decision as soon as Ross mentioned he was writing the book but your experience may vary so ...
There's a startling number of fires burning across the Pacific Northwest. I have lived in this region my whole life and the sheer number of them is disturbing. Air quality is at outright hazardous levels in Eugene, OR, for instance. Air quality here in Seattle is bad, not officially hazardous but in the very unhealthy to breath it category.
Down in Oregon the fire marshal has resigned and is under investigation for entering an active fire zone without authorization from zone overseer, which is relatively late-breaking news for someone in the Seattle area.
Monday, September 14, 2020
Terry Mattingly writes (again) at GetReligion on how, in contrast to the axiom that white evangelical votes turned the election in `16 for Trump, Rust Belt Catholic voters turned out to have done that
As time has gone by, however, more detailed study of the election patterns has revealed, as Terry Mattingly has written before, that research into the demographic spread of voting shows that Rust Belt working class Catholics shifted the election in favor of Trump in 2016.
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Fredrik deBoer on "Here's a Thing That Used to Happen";a tangential riff from Ellul on how the right of the present (1970s) repurposes myths originated in the left
September 10, 2020
the fires in Oregon are bad, there are at present 34 uncontained fires burning across the state. update from Phoenix Preacher
As of this morning there are no indications any of the 34 fires across the state are to any degree contained.
Also down in Oregon is Michael Newnham, aka Phoenix Preacher.
He and his family are okay but a lot of homes and businesses have burned down to the ground and things are still terrible down there.
I have heard of evacuations and pending evacuations in my loop.
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Theopolis Institute conversation on secularity and the problem of church music ... I'm not sure the problem of traditional vs vernacular is a problem of secularity as much as its a challenge of high liturgical white guys not being sure how to get the music of low liturgical POC to fit into their traditions
Doug Shadle has mentioned the Beethoven problem in US; Madeline Sayet essays the Shakespeare problem in US theater
Beethoven's canonical status in nineteenth century music and the evolution of what Mark Evan Bonds has recently called The Beethoven Syndrome meant music was heard as a direct expression of the personal feelings of a great soul and so on (I'm starting into said book). Well, a comparable canonization process happened for William Shakespeare and so it's no surprise that American indigenous theater in all possible variations of the concept has found the cult of the Bard as repressive as American symphonists and at least some music educators have found the cult of Beethoven.
Wednesday, September 09, 2020
Doug Wilson lets his base know that if Biden wins the old America is gone, gone for good, and that conservatives will need to learn how to think of their government as fundamentally illegitimate
of course they threw a Pinkfloyd song into the Dune trailer, since the band was to write the soundtrack for Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune film that never was
Tuesday, September 08, 2020
It's not that I can't enjoy episodes of Rick & Morty. It has had some fantastic moments, like the episode "Lawnmower Dog". But as animated shows with adult themes revolving around parenthood and amoral scientists who may or may not be successful as scientists but are nearly complete failures at being ethical, well-socialized human beings, Venture Bros was mining those themes as far back as 2003, well before Rick & Morty was ever on the air.
Norman Lebrecht on the loss of personality in contemporary violinists, the fault lies with the nature of music education, of course, and the nature of the industries
The kaleidoscopic art of violin playing had lost its flavour, like chewing-gum, in the pop song, on the bedpost overnight.
It was not hard to see why. There were two nurseries for violinists — the Russian, which turned out competition winners whom nobody wanted to hear again, and the American, which ran a conveyor belt from Dorothy DeLay’s teaching room at Juilliard to Isaac Stern’s secretary’s agency across the road.
Saturday, September 05, 2020
links for the weekend, somewhat Atlanticist ruminations at The Atlantic on the demise of the US and New York; the dour path artists face; and the racist nature of the 19th century symphonic canon
since 2019, an official 180 degree turn from Mark Driscoll on interpreting Genesis 6:1-4 ... so he's caught up to the last thirty years of Enochic scholarship but ... why would Satan try to replicate the Incarnation before it happened?
Friday, September 04, 2020
Still meaning to write about the Bogdanovic Guitar Sonatas 1 through 4 but that will take time to even start setting up. Meanwhile, here's a fun short dance and fugue for guitar.
Tuesday, September 01, 2020
Joseph Horowitz: Don't tell aspiring young musicians orchestras are better than ever, tangential link to Thomas Ades premiere via LSO having no one attending
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Roger Scruton vs Schenkerian theory circa 1997, a review of Scruton's extensive argument against the relevance of Schenker's theory and of all `deep structure' theories of music
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Read the news this morning. Don't have much to say other than it's sad news. If Marvel studio suits recast that will be a pretty bad mistake is about all I have to say at the moment. You could no more recast T'Challa at this point than you could recast Tony Stark.
I hadn't spotted that Boseman was in a film with Delroy Lindo! Da 5 Bloods is going to have to get on my to-get-to list of films.
Fredrik deBoer's "is the second coming coming" some brief thoughts on the overlaps between apocalyptic literature, eschatological crisis, and religious and Marxist apocalyptic
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
John Halle's take on the Ewell presentation, two of the three claims about Schenker are easily proven but the third is more debatable
Sunday, August 23, 2020
is there any other kind of populism in the arts today than "authoritarian populism"? Some thoughts on Ian Pace's comments on Stuart Hall and authoritarian populism
I'm aware that there are cases made that the "canon" of dead white guys is racist, however, I am not quoting Rosen's work as a boilerplate defense of dead white guys in music. I happen to love Haydn's music and think Mozart is over-rated and over-played. My primary point in quoting Rosen is to point out something he said about Haydn's work, even if (and perhaps especially if) we're confining discussion of music written by the "canon" of dead white guys, that there was a brief historical period in the operas of Mozart and the late symphonies of Haydn as well as in Schubert songs where there was no opposition between the popular and the learned.
Contemporary academic discussions of populism since 2016 have a strong current of defining "populist" and "populism" in authoritarian terms. I've discussed Jacques Ellul's "populist agitator" propagandist in the past yet in the arts one of my concerns in the last four years has been that populist ideas have been defined in such strictly pejorative terms the very idea that there can be any positive populist impulse has been moved off the proverbial table. Thus ... I'm half skeptical of Ian Pace's skepticism about authoritarian populism not because there's nothing to the concern as stated but because I'm wondering if there's any other kind of populism these days in the minds of academics than authoritarian populism. I'll proceed to quotes from Pace on that topic.
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
HT Bryan Townsend--Rick Beato proposes why people hate jazz (they don't understand it) cross referencing accounts in classical music of why virtuoso variation forms have been frowned on for two centuries
Fredrik DeBoer on "the nobody problem" the Accelerants who escalate vitriol on social media can do so because no one of the mob of them is significant enough to keep track of their cumulative conduct
Sunday, August 16, 2020
There's a new release from Naxos that features this sonata
The CD is a fun listen and I'm hoping to eventually write in more detail about the sonatas featured on the disc but this weekend was not the weekend for that.
Sutton Turner clarifies two questions regarding "bullet proof vest?" and severance pay correction, there was a severance pay some time after a Ballard sale
For those who haven't read the interview ...
Saturday, August 15, 2020
links for the weekend, first Terry Teachout on Julian Bream, there's a book out on the Gospel of Jesus' Wife forgery, and assorted links on stuff in the vein of American civic religions in electoral and academic contexts
In keeping with the news cycle, Terry Teachout revisits his earlier comments about the guitarist Julian Bream.
Julian Bream, who gave a recital Tuesday at Alice Tully Hall, made his professional debut a half-century ago. When he started out, guitar recitals consisted of fluff: second-rate Spanish pieces, miscellaneous arrangements and transcriptions, encore-type lollipops. Today, classical guitarists have a huge repertoire of challenging music on which to draw, much of it—including most of the best of it—either discovered or commissioned by Bream. No one since Andres Segovia has had so powerful an influence on guitar playing, and no one has played the guitar better.
I recall Matanya Ophee saying that if all you want to do is play "lollipop" music and your audience wants that, great, but that if you aspire to more challenging and ambitious music to not follow the herd instinct.
more links after the break
a little something about Bream from the NYT obit: he started out on piano and cello and took up guitar after hearing Django Reinhardt
Philip Ewell: "Exactly seven persons have written to me ... mean commentary about my work ... all pianists", because white guy pianists committed knowingly or not to a Germanophile art-religion would have the most to lose from Ewell's proposals
HOW HAVE YOUR COLLEAGUES RESPONDED TO YOUR WORK, AND HAS ANYONE PLEDGED TO MAKE CHANGES TO THEIR OWN RESEARCH AND TEACHING BECAUSE OF IT?
The response has been overwhelmingly positive. Over two years ago, when I began this work, I knew that I’d lose some friends and colleagues once it came out. I speculated that, for every friend/colleague lost, I’d gain two or even three more. I was wrong. For every friend lost there have been more like 20–30 friends gained. It’s not even close. Exactly seven persons have written to me with angry, sarcastic, and mean commentary about my work. None of them engage my scholarship, but just call me an “idiot,” “racist,” or “inept.” They are all white men. And, also significant I think, all pianists. ...
Friday, August 14, 2020
Bream playing Benjamin Britten's Nocturnal After John Dowland
Bream playing movement 1 of Toru Takemitsu's All in Twilight, one of my favorite works of any written for the guitar.
I know for many a guitarist Segovia was the greatest 20th century guitarist but for me it's pretty much always been Julian Bream, both for his playing music ranging from the Elizabethan era to contemporary music by Britten, Takemitsu and William Walton (or Martin, for that matter) to his role in commissioning works from contemporary composers. Bream's musical life distills for me what a musician ought to do, cultivating a deep knowledge of the musical past that is equally attentive to the possibilities of the musical present and future. I'm not sure I even have more I could meaningfully add to that. Maybe I'll have more thoughts later but at the moment I don't.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
I sure hope there can be an album of music from this trio. :)
Sunday, August 09, 2020
Lebrecht on the demise of criticism, by way of linking to a piece at The Critic on the low state of UK theater criticism
Wednesday, August 05, 2020
Ferdinand Rebay: Sonate in einem Satz, performances by Luiz Mantovani (who finished a dissertation on Rebay recently) and by Eduardo Fernandez
We'll get to this in time, I hope, but for now links will suffice. Conversation directly pertinent to the history of Mars Hill starts about 30 minutes in. This adds some pertinent background to the information shared by Turner and Bruskas in their conversation with Throckmorton but it will take some time to go through all the material to explain what is new, even though it won't seem new to people who will feel like they've heard it all before on the one hand and will seem absurdly arcane inside baseball to people who don't have twenty years worth of history observing the scene. Sorry about that, that's just the nature of this kind of project. Anyway ... links
per past stated policy, comments always automatically go into moderation and are not necessarily ever published. That's more applicable now that I'm in the process of cross referencing interviews and incubating some thoughts on a few things that have finally been shared on the record.
Sunday, August 02, 2020
postlude to Throckmorton interview with Turner and Bruskas: Justin Dean tweets links to interview, discovers he's been blocked by Driscoll
Norman Lebrecht gets Phil Ewell on my radar by ranting about him, reminds me why I'm glad I didn't go to grad school in music
Saturday, August 01, 2020
for those who read much faster than people talk, Sutton Turner has published transcripts of his talk with Throckmorton and Bruskas
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Maren Haynes dissertation, "Punk Rock Calvinists Who Hate the Modern Worship Movement": Ritual, Power, and White Masculinity in Mars Hill Church's Worship Music
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Saturday, July 25, 2020
Warren Throckmorton has had conversations with Dave Bruskas and Sutton Turner, slated for publication 7-28-20 and 7-30-20
Friday, July 24, 2020
Taupin and John wrote
a famous long song based on
"Insert your name here"
Each day the radio plays "Let it Be"
and I find myself asking "Must it Be?"
The answer to this cannot be a shock.
The Beatles are the Beethoven of Rock.
The only answer there can ever be
is to say that "It must be! It must be!"
Train is what you get
if the Spin Doctors did a
Counting Crows cover
The first two poems are about music that I think has been oversold but still basically holds up on repeated listenings. The last poem is about three bands whose music I loathe.
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Michael V Pisani
Copyright (c) 2005 by Yale University
Yale University Press
ISBN-10: 0-300-10893-1 (hardcover: alk. paper)
ISBN-13: 978-0-300-10893-4 (hardcover: alk. paper)
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Julia Duin at GetReligion on Nina Shapiro's recent Seattle Times coverage of evangelicalism and race in the Puget Sound
I was surprised to see a story in the Seattle Times about evangelicals saying ‘we repent’ about racism, mainly because the writer isn’t known for her coverage of people of faith and the newspaper hasn’t exactly been burning the midnight oil on religion news.
Especially anything having to do with evangelicals.
So I was surprised to see how this story hit up a lot of the major players in the region on this issue. It’s as if someone in the newsroom discovered a long-disused Rolodex of religion sources and actually used it. In the five years I’ve lived here and been reading the Times regularly, I’ve never seen any of these folks — black or white — quoted before.
Saturday, July 18, 2020
James Bennett II has a trio of pieces at WQXR on the history of classical crossover: born in a production glut in the 1980s CD age; vamping through the 1990s; dying in the 00s and only Yo-Yo Ma seemed to figure out how to get crossover to work long-term
Throckmorton: James MacDonald mansion notice of foreclosure, remembering Mark Driscoll once said "James has the spiritual gift of real estate acquisition"
James MacDonald's role in the history of Mars Hill, in retrospect, seemed to involve being on the Mars Hill Board of Advisors and Accountability for just long enough to defend the use of Result Source to rig a No. 1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list for Mark and Grace Driscoll's Real Marriage and then depart because he was so confident that the BoAA would do its job he didn't need to be part of that process.
Rochberg, postmodernism, and Rebay: comparing Rochberg's Caprice Variations to Rebay's Historische Suite to make a point about Rochberg not being postmodern
Kim Hojin, however, has made a case that if we want to understand Rochberg's shift from serialism to his post-serialist musical language more attention should be paid to his Caprice Variations for Unaccompanied Violin, on a famous Paganini caprice. Hojin's treatise can be accessed here online. I plan to make an admittedly brief comparison of two works that play with epochs of music for musical effect, Rochberg's Caprice Variations and Ferdinand Rebay's Historisch Suite for flute and guitar.
The Heart of a Woman:The Life and Music of Florence B. Price by Rae Linda Brown
Kindle version is most affordable if you don't mind going Kindle
WaPo--classical music's overdue reckoning with racism; Joseph Horowitz--pandemic may be perfect storm that batters the arts
Friday, July 17, 2020
Michael at Phoenix Preacher has written about Packer here.
Graeme Wood's piece is succinct in its way but it would have been more succinct. Then again, readership for The Atlantic can't trade on presumed familiarity with the open letter precedents of the Christian blogosphere/dark web. I sent up the internet open letter genre with a pre-planned general purpose open letter suitable for probably any evangelical or progressive American Christian platform a few years ago.
But there is a bit more that could be said ...
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
assorted links--demographic winter in the West (again); California as a paradoxical birthplace of the religious right; Orthocuban on Tulsa & Haga Sophia; Alan Jacobs invoking Cromwell against the GOP? and a reading on Yeats I don't agree with
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
a brief observation about Ferdinand Rebay's handling of sonata form, ending on a dominant pedal point isn't your only option
The take-away from that is that while you might have been taught that the way to end a development section is to get to the dominant of your tonic key and set up a half-cadence effect that drives firmly to the arrival of the tonic chord in the tonic key, there have been other options. In a minor key sonata you could have a firm cadence in some key that isn't the tonic (like the mediant, for instance) that still lets you shift to the tonic key--ending a development on a gentle D major chord before switching to B minor for the start of the recapitulation is possible. To invoke Leonard Meyer on sonata forms there are syntactic as well as statistical ways of formulating a structural climax for a sonata form.
The "perfection" of how Mozart and Beethoven handled what scholars have called sonata forms can be over-rated (I've been on record as being far more a fan of Haydn than I am of Beethoven and I'm more a fan of Beethoven than Mozart, but find I enjoy music by Clementi and Hummel more than Mozart, which I find is a semi-heretical stance to take that Kyle Gann's already noted). But it's worth pointing out that there's nothing "wrong" with the textbook approach to sonata forms, the issue is that, particularly since Hepokoski and Darcy laid out the five types of sonata forms as flexible scripts, there are way more options for composing sonata forms than you might ever run into in an undergraduate music survey course.
Sunday, July 12, 2020
links for the weekend--the death of local news coverage take 240; TMattingly asks if anyone's still asking about the McCarrick report
Saturday, July 11, 2020
More later as time permits, plus I've got to give the sonatas a listen. I tend to put too much on my plate for music/listening/blogging projects. It will take a while before I can get to these. But that hardly means I can't tell you about the music being available in recorded form now.
"Old Time Rock and Roll", on the self-congratulatory failure so often at the core of music about music
You may know the songs before I name them but let's dispense with suspense (if there was any):
Friday, July 10, 2020
some more thoughts on the death of Nikolai Kapustin--how the formerly Soviet composer's work can reveal that metahistorical/political narratives in the West didn't really promote successful 3rd stream anymore than residual Socialist Realism might have
...Ever checked out what Steve Dobrogosz does with The Mass. Not saying it’s a perfect correlation to what you’re interested in, but it’s certainly worth considering.Well, took a while to get around to it. But ...
Bryan Townsend asking when Mozart will get cancelled, the bad faith of cancel culture isn't the "cancel" it's that they don't first sell what they want us to hear instead
Thursday, July 09, 2020
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Monday, July 06, 2020
Take The Enchantments of Mammon, a book I was vaguely considering reading at one point but then ... I saw this ...
Sunday, July 05, 2020
some links for the weekend: Darrin Patrick death officially ruled a suicide; Rachel Green Miller on defenses of a patriarchy praxis, Terry Teachout's old observation on people who don't realize how public social media has always been
Friday, July 03, 2020
Matiegka: Six Sonates Progressives Op. 31 Sonata No. 1 in C major, a gently jokey sonata form that recapitulates Theme 1 in the wrong key and course-corrects halfway through, some thoughts on composers who couldn't break rules that weren't codified yet
Robert Gjerdingen's galant schemas as an entry point for pop/classical fusions--tonal and modal variants on the Romanesca by way of the Beatles, the Eagles and TLC
Thursday, July 02, 2020
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Sunday, June 28, 2020
One of these days I might have to do a more general post on chamber music for alto saxophone and guitar ...
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Michael W. Harris
Copyright (c) 1992 by Michael W. Harris
Oxford University Press
Thursday, June 25, 2020
I, of course, learned about this reading Kyle Gann's The Arithmetic of Listening, which is a great book on the history of tuning systems I'm going to have to blog about at some point this year. I'm still committed to composing using the equal-tempered set-up we guitarists are given who don't have access to fretboards that have alternate tunings, but I've been intrigued by a lot of work done in what's maybe too colloquially known as microtonal music.
some pieces at GetReligion on electoral subsets--evangelicals as distinct from charismatics/pentecostals, and who's considered what kind of anointed
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Saturday, June 20, 2020
The Romantic era seeds from which Crescendo Rock grew--Leonard B. Meyer's observations on statistical accumulation and rejection of tonal syntactics in Romanticism and how we can hear that end point in, say, U2 songs
Years ago I wrote about a piece at Slate in which an author inveighed against "crescendo rock". Carl Wilson vented some spleen about The National in particular and "crescendo rock" in general. What I wrote was over here but I'll quote a brief passage from the Slate piece to give an example of Wilson's invective against crescendo rock.
local news links: King County labor expels Seattle Police Union, details lacking in SPD evacuation of East Precinct (i.e. who, if anyone, ordered it?), one dead and one wounded in CHOP/CHAZ
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Ethan Hein has a post on learning to improvise in different modes using only the white keys, which got me thinking about the "white key" fugal tradition in Russian music
"Army of Me" would have been great for locrian but, ahem, obviously not in white keys only. Yes, I just tipped off readers that I'm a fan of Bjork, at least her work up through Vespertine anyway.
Monday, June 15, 2020
Ethan Hein discusses "Fugue as sample flip"--explanations of sampling techniques remind me that "looping" might fit Schenkerian "knupftechnik", and other ways in which the compositional techniques across hip hop and fugal writing may potentially overlap, with a pitch for the idea that a fugal language can be built from Stevie Wonder songs
Sunday, June 14, 2020
I finished it within weeks of getting it back in April. Taruskin's always worth reading.I hope whoever at FSI that's about to read the book enjoys it as much as I did. Be ready for Taruskin to heap lavish but deserved praise on Leonard B. Meyer. :) Also, it's got one of the most passionate recent defenses of Haydn I've read in a while and since I adore the music of Haydn I'll never complain about that.
Saturday, June 13, 2020
later writings from Leonard B. Meyer on the ideological double binds of late, late Romanticism --notes toward a neo-galant pop/classical fusion
follow up coverage of WA state ESD UI fraud situation, claims and counter-claims about who was noticing what when
some musical links, Gregorian chant, chamber music for flute and guitar (Ourkouzonov), music for flute by Poulenc and Martin, and a quasi-concerto for jazz band and piano by George Russell for Bill Evans
Thursday, June 11, 2020
#defund the police? Some thinking about possible ideas I hear from some conservative friends that may (or may not?) be common cause with progressives on police reform
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
a few links for mid-week--executive order stuff, UI fraud in WA state, Adolph Reed Jr on the problem of uplift, a theory about intra-elite conflict in the US, UK classical music in peril, and Doug Shadle on a Santa symphony
Tuesday, June 09, 2020
Saturday, June 06, 2020
During the years that Michael Spenser was alive he found Steve Hays at Triablogue an occasional thorn in his side. In the Boar's Head Tavern orbit Steve Hays was viewed as a trouble-maker.
I got to know Steve roughly twenty-seven years ago in college at a cadre at a little school by a canal. I met him around the same time I met one of his debating partners, Jeff Lowder. I would not have guessed back in the 1990s that I had ended up meeting members of the ... should I call it the dark web debates on Reformed Christianity and atheism? Jeff was agnostic at the time but his shift to atheism seemed fairly certain to me but that's a whole other topic. Steve Hays has died.
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
possible durational correspondence between the syntactics of a standard verse-chorus, verse-chorus, bridge, verse-chorus pop song and a sonata form (a Ragtime and Sonata Forms postscript)
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Monday, June 01, 2020
it's not so good here in the Emerald City, stuff that i thought of writing about but may not for a while (but ironically just wrote about)
Saturday, May 30, 2020
notes on Ep 8 of Older Pastor/Younger Pastor--Sutton Turner confirms that Mark Driscoll has blocked him across social media and won't talk to him in any capacity, and some other things
What is more, Sutton Turner has published the transcript of episode 8
Ah, thanks! That sure beats Wenatchee The Hatchet having to spend a uncounted hours transcribing things like Mark Driscoll's 2008 spiritual warfare series before being able to do any analysis of it!
Excerpts from and thoughts/notes on Episode 8 are below:
Thursday, May 28, 2020
notes on the Older Pastor/Younger Pastor series with Ryan Williams, Dave Bruskas and Sutton Turner on lessons from Mars Hill--UPDATE: quotes from transcripts
Monday, May 25, 2020
the diatonic modes as inversions of each other, a little riff on George Rochberg's proposal that Western music has had cycles of favoring symmetrical and assymetrical paradigms for pitch organization in the last thousand years