Thursday, August 31, 2006
Renewable Music : a lively blog of modern music and composers.
The Piano Podcast: Mario Ajero's blog/podcast that explores the intsections of piano pedagogy, technology, and loads of useful things for the web savvy pianist.
Eram: pianist David Martínez's serves up a splendid blogging of his daily adventures at the keyboard and away.
Night After Night: A convivial and eclectic blog charting both classical and pop music. Don't miss his "Saxophone Colossus" post.
Paterre box: Opera and camp. I'm already seeing Jessye Norman in a whole new light. It's a must click blog.
Chris Foley's excellent "Collaborative Piano Blog" is also celebrating Blog Day. So check it out! (CNN... Hmmmm.. I can dig that).
Surf's up !
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Check it out, folks !
and I do second their recommendation of "The Secret Mozart":
"....“The Secret Mozart” (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi), third in a continuing series of intimate portraits of famous composers seen through the lens of the clavichord, Christopher Hogwood offers a range of works — from a four-handed sonata to a little piece the 12-year-old composer doodled on the back of a program — on three different 18th-century clavichords, one of them Mozart’s own. (Even tuning was in flux; each instrument is tuned to a different, increasingly higher pitch.)"
Also check out this CD.
Are you ready to celebrate??
Detail about the event are here:
BlogDay posting instructions:
"1. Find 5 new Blogs that you find interesting
2. Notify the 5 bloggers that you are recommending on them on BlogDay 2005
3. Write a short description of the Blogs and place a a link to the recommended Blogs
4. Post the BlogDay Post (on August 31st) and
5. Add the BlogDay tag using this link: http://technorati.com/tag/BlogDay2006 and a link to BlogDay web site at http://www.blogday.org"
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
The colorful piano is signed by the stars (Colin Ferrel, David Caruso) of the film "Miami Vice" and the piano has been painted by pop artist Romero Britto.
The proceeds go to a reconstruction fund for Dillard University which was devastated by hurricane Katrina.
You can put your peepers on the piano by going here.
If interested here's a bit about the orchestra's previous director, Ali Rahbari (Alexander Rahbari), who's made a number of fine recordings imho with Belgium's BRT Orchestra.
You can find it here.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
"Who says you have to practice for years to sound like a professional musician? The world’s first self-playing violin has been tracked down! It’s called the “Virtuoso” and it works with an electromagnetic system that does the same job as fingers on the strings."
check out the video demonstrating the violin playing with an orchestra.
Find it all here.
Monday, August 21, 2006
Read the rest here
Hope this proves a sucessfull venture for all.
You can visit th company's website here and get a peek at that glorious 19th century steinway mentioned in the article. One drop dead gorgeous piano.
Best of all, they have an aural map. Check out the the NYSoundmap found here and here.
Geographer meets Husserl.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Friday, August 18, 2006
Sitting on a cube activates a musical note and as more people sit down, more of the score is revealed. Owners of Bluetooth phones will also be able to receive a free ring tone of the Philharmonia Orchestra playing. People can also record their own sound and then send it to the orchestra using this technology.
Read the rest here
""Some critics say you can't judge one person's art as better than another person's art, but of course you can," Pollei says. "Competitions encourage pianists to strive for excellence, and without them we wouldn't have great pianists like Manny Ax or Krystin Zimerman. They wouldn't have had careers. Besides, people love piano competitions, and there's evidence they're even beginning to replace piano recitals.""
I think that assessment isn't quite right. I hope not anyways.
The competition's website for the 2007 event is presently an excessively long, splash page (why use it? these type of splash pages are more often annoyances that you can't wait to click thru). The rest of the site, as of this morning, is VBS error'd out. Have a look see here. Hopefully it will all fixed before the competition.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
I much appreciate the the BBC's Scottish Symphony Orchestra's kind recommendation of the "The Well-Tempered Blog" on their own very fine blog. Check it out!
And while there poke around their whole website. There are plenty of treasures. Special note: cellist Anthony Slayer's looking to whip up some blather. Any takers?
"...the U.S. Musicians Union (AFM) has threatened fines of up to $50,000 against AFM members who perform services including composing, arranging, orchestrating, copying, and other services related to film and television scores recorded in Seattle after October 1, 2006."
Read about it here.
Is this really helping musicians in the US?
"Established orchestras have played this music too often," he says. "If I do something with them, I have to accept certain conditions because I'm a guest. But if we don't understand each other well or if I don't happen to like the tone of the first oboist there is nothing I can do about it."Read the rest here.
And a write-up on Schiff's handling of Beethoven sonatas ("...the adagio was painfully slow and light on meaning, highlighting Schiff's lack of emotional engagement with the music.")is here
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Your web pick for the day is the web's most comprehensive guide to "Space Age Pop".
Swoop over and check out this webtastic guide to the highways and by-ways of space age, light classical, lounge, cocktail, and Outsider groovy music.
As the site notes: "Space age pop often doesn't fit neatly into any of the standard genres such as jazz and rock, so many of the men and women who created space age pop have gone unrecognized, absent from any standard reference book or history."
You find it all here.
And don't miss this mp3 sweetness with Dick Hyman on keys. Fresh, hot, and groovy.
Strange and wonderful world of science. I was amused and intrigued by news that scientists are using the "music" of volcanoes to assist them in predicting future eruptions.
The research project, which brings together experts from Europe and Latin America, digitally collects geophysical information on seismic movements before using data sonification to transform them into audible sound waves, which can then be 'scored' as melodies. The resulting 'music' is then analysed for patterns of behaviour and used to identify similarities in eruption dynamics and so predict future activity.Read the rest here.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
"This is to be a political selection, with one from each country," Rechtman quotes Neschling as telling him at a closed-door meeting in April just before he was fired. "Let's select three Chinese, but we must make sure there are more Brazilians than Chinese. After all, this is a Brazilian competition."
One often hears complaints about the various "politics" of compettitions, but I think this enters into a whole new realm. No? Read the rest here.
There also a post from Rechtman explaining the selections. You find it here.