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Rupert Cheek on David Hermann;

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
eminds me 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
guitarists hand moving up/down strings. goes to show far far good ideas can go.

The lyric about 'the curater coming in and calling it art..and that was a while ago'. makes me think of Charles Ryder,
probly becauses he's the only curator I know. I thought you and your fellow NMTA (NoMansTime_Automatics)
collaborators had good singing voices in your 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
providing harmony. Theres something of the acoustic guitar sound of Clapton(?) in there as well.

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
some 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.

Saturday; 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
more violently. The three quartets seemed to be united by a theme; Schumann (1809-56) began to hallucinate before 1850 and
was diagnosed as a psycho maniac-depressive and experienced ‘profound allowance’ and hypochondria with episodes
of euphoria and hypochondria’. Beethoven had completely lost his hearing by the time he was 30. One section of the Beethoven
fugue is a long episode of ‘combat’ and struggle and the fugue ‘interrupts itself, interrogates itself, stops itself’. Smetena
(1824-84),‘the father of Czechoslovakian music’, was hit by syphilis and he had to stop working as director of music
at the national theatre in Prague. He lived through the collapse of his hearing and then his mental faculties and ended
his days 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 pain’.

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