Friday, August 01, 2014

Below you will find a link to Snow White, an album of music I made with Ableton Live and a sampling rig over the course of the last year and half. It is sample heavy music, a "mixtape" in the hip-hop definition of the word, i.e. using so many parts of other people's music that there's no way I could sell it without getting sued (not that anyone would actually buy it). But it is an album in the sense that it has a beginning a middle and an end, runs about forty some minutes, and has been worked over diligently and thoughtfully over a long period of time. Here are the liner notes: 
A poem in music and sound, built around the following samples and musicians: Cory Russel on guitar, "III" from Born Into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward by A Silver Mt. Zion; Nas, Mendelssohn, Derek Fisher, Pajo playing “Horror Business”, Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow (book), Billy Holiday, Ron Artest a.k.a. Metta World Peace;; The Tree of Life (movie); “The Singing from Mt. Eerie” by the Microphones, David Pajo (again), 21st Century Flute Music, “Tititoli” from the Good, the Bad, the Ugly Soundtrack, Stars of the Lid, and Snow White and the Three Stooges; Sparklehorse’s “More Yellow Birds” + Nite Jewel’s “One Second of Love” + Cornelius’ remix of “Windy Hill” by The Pastels + Some Hendrix; D; Aric Naue on guitar, Aesop's fables; “The Skye Boat Song” and “Donald Blue” from The Best of the Black Watch (London Records, 1975),  as well as select moments from Snow White and the Three Stooges (Columbia, 1961); pieces of Roberta Fleck’s cover of “Sweet Bitter Love.”
Click on the link in orange below to be led to a Dropbox folder that will enable you to download the album in one swoop. After clicking the link look for the "Download" box at the top of the page. If you would like a hard copy send me an email and I'll send you a CDR (which will have better sound quality since the download is made of MP3s). Thanks for listening.

And have a happy August. I take my big test next week, and then will leave for parts beyond, Wisconsin and California, and hopefully, after all of this is over, will not be so grumpy. See you then,

The True Encounter

"Wolf!" cried my cunning heart
At every sheep it spied,
And roused the countryside.

"Wolf! Wolf!"—and up would start
Good neighbours, bringing spade
And pitchfork to my aid.

At length my cry was known:
Therein lay my release.
I met the wolf alone
And was devoured in peace. 

              -Edna St. Vincent Millay