Siècle Saturé de Sons

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Jesus, Berlioz was a looker.

by Hector Berlioz
"Marche au supplice" (the fourth movement) is the coolest thing ever. Listen from the idée fixe (4min4sec) until the end after reading this, and you will jump out of your seat due to the COOL. Wikipedia:
The fourth movement... describes a dream, in which the artist is executed for killing the love of his life. It uses a grotesque version of the theme by Berlioz's extraordinary technique of orchestration, mixing string pizzicato, woodwind staccato, brass chords and a single loud stroke of percussion, forming a highly unusual series of tone colors. The scene ends with a single short fortissimo G-minor chord that represents the fatal blow: the dropping of the trap door, or perhaps the guillotine blade; the series of pizzicato notes following can be seen to represent the rolling of the severed head into the basket. Immediately prior to the musical depiction of the beheading, there is a brief, nostalgic recollection of the idée fixe in a solo clarinet, as though representing the last conscious thought of the executed man; after his death, the final nine bars of the movement contain a victorious series of tutti G major chords, seemingly intended to convey the cheering of the onlooking throng.

There is no question here. This guy was the man.

My final assignment in the Music Theory course I'm taking is to write a movement of a symphony by writing a story and using the music to develop a theme. I'm pretty sure my theme is going to be Alex Zapherson and myself being madly in love, but this is definitely still up for debate, since Alex usually tries to ignore me when I initiate flirtatious conversation with him in the hallway. Oh well.

In other news, I've been speaking in a Russian accent on and off for about thirty hours now.

Monday, May 14, 2007


Here is the deal: I am going to see Lavender Diamond in Boston in a little more than 2 weeks and besides Dr. Doo and Kites, Entrance was added to the bill! Wow, I love Guy Blakeslee and I am going to go crazy at this show.

Entrance is a Psychedelic/Blues band, comparable to the likes of Devendra Banhart, Jana Hunter, and Viking Moses.

Entrance - Pretty Baby
Entrance - Cocaine Blues

Monday, May 07, 2007

Ever since I dug out my parents' old records a few years back, I've had this weird obsession with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young / Crosby, Stills & Nash.

You should, too.

1) Carry On
2) Our House
3) Helplessly Hoping
4) Woodstock
5) Four Dead in Ohio

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Exactly one week ago, I saw Avishai Cohen play at The Blue Note in New York.
Avishai's drummer = Mark Guiliana.
Mark Guiliana's side-project= Heernt.
Heernt= Sweet.

Heernt features drums, electronics, electric bass, tenor saxophone, and a Juno-60.
Other instrumentals include misc. percussion, cajon, trombone, typewriter, steel pan, guitar, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone & voice.

You're in for a treat:
1) Nice
2) Johnny2Rocketime
3) Aaaahh
4) Pi~3.1415

Monday, February 05, 2007

Richard Addinsell & Roy Douglas
Warsaw Concerto

I played this piece as an intermediate concerto for the piano... It must have been five years ago now! Just hearing the orchestration brings back memories, ha. Yeahhhh... Nobody listens to classical music. Bye.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position
(To be released next month)
I said I wasn't going to do this, but I NEED TO RAVE ABOUT PATRICK WOLF'S NEW ALBUM. Who knew that he could successfully follow Lycanthropy and Wind in the Wires?! Never underestimate the Wolf Man, I suppose.

I'll get sued if I upload the whole album, so whatever.
Here two some songs that I did not upload myself:
Also, here is the article I wrote about Patrick Wolf at Serial Slingshot.
And here is my favorite Patrick Wolf song ever: Teignmouth.


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

What a fox.
Léo Delibes (1836-1892)
Chorus master, organist, and composer of the nineteenth century most famous for his operas and operettas. He inspired great composers such as Saint-Saëns and Debussy; Tchaikovsky even had a higher regard for him than he had for Brahms (which is saying something!).

Dôme Épais (The Flower Duet)
You may have heard it in movies such as Superman Returns, Tomb Raider, and True Romance. It's used in advertising, most notably for British Airways.
Really beautiful lyrics. I love this song, maaaan.