Rupert Cheek on David
Some of it reminds me of other
music, in a good way. Prelude - eat more flute sounds like a
Bach (organ) piece.
Mice reminds me of Pink's Cold as Ice,
Captain Tomcat + Yarn sounds familiar yet I can't think
why. Maybe it
of David Byrne, maybe something completely different.
Parts of Your Song remind me of Tom Waits,
who has a great husky
voice and sings, as far asI know, mostly acoustic stuff but its great.
I love that about your demo,
its simplicity in terms of instrumentation
& production and yet it sounds great, Complete with the sound of the
moving up/down strings. goes to show far far good ideas
The lyric about 'the curater coming in
and calling it art..and
that was a while ago'. makes me think of Charles
probly becauses he's the only curator I know.
I thought you
and your fellow NMTA
collaborators had good singing voices in
piece at TransitStation. Well done for
carrying on when the CD was
behaving badly.Pretty Kitty Bop sounds, in part, like a quasi-barbershop piece with the backing vocals
Theres something of the acoustic guitar sound of Clapton(?)
A excerpt from my holiday diary (France, near Cholet, 2005)
Friday’s evening concert [LES MURS ONT DES OREILLES presentent...] was great. There was an orchestra of about 20.
In the first half there was a clarinet concerto by Stamitz (think late C17th and early C18th). In the second half there was singing;
some parts from Handel’s Messiah [Comfort ye, Every valley shall be exalted, Thy rebuke hath broken his heart and Behold
and see if there be any sorrow] which was great especially since we had listened to it in the car the day before. There was also
Vivaldi [Nulla in mundo pax], Bach [Schlummert ein], Mendelssohn [Herr Gott ist Abrahams and Est ist genug]
and Pergolesi [Salve regina]. We thought that 2 of the singers were British because of their pronunciation.
String quartets: Beethoven (Grande Fugue op. 133), Schumann (Robert,
not Clara or William) and Smetena (De ma Vie).
At some points
throughout the concert I felt that first violinist should have played
quieter so that there was a better balance.
The Schumann was my favourite
and in the last movement of the Schumann I felt the group should have
played the main theme
The three quartets seemed to be
united by a theme; Schumann (1809-56) began to hallucinate before 1850
diagnosed as a psycho maniac-depressive and experienced ‘profound
allowance’ and hypochondria with episodes
Beethoven had completely lost his hearing by the time he was 30. One section
of the Beethoven
is a long episode of ‘combat’ and struggle
and the fugue ‘interrupts itself, interrogates itself, stops itself’.
(1824-84),‘the father of Czechoslovakian music’,
was hit by syphilis and he had to stop working as director of music
the national theatre in Prague. He lived through the collapse of his hearing
and then his mental faculties and ended
in an asylum. The first
movement of Of My Life is subtitled ‘the love of art in
the youth, the desire
for something and also a sort of aversion from my