Ted Reichmann and Mike Wolf [via Steve Smith] bring news of Tonic's closing. One less place for me to go when I go back to New York, eventually. Ted's account is also useful if you have no idea what a daxophone is.
Improvising Guitar probes the "gestural alienation" of laptop music with characteristic insight.
much of the visual art cited [as an equivalent to EAI] leaves intact the methods, techniques and media—paint, brush and canvas. The shock of the new, in this context, is in the form, the encoding, the process. A gallery goer will have no difficulty trying to figure out the hows or whats of artistic practice. What EAI does, in a sense, is the opposite.He's also quite right to say that the piano has "an idiot’s interface."
If, having learned the sound of a saxophones via the official Berkelee team, you hear a saxophonist sound like a hair-dryer there’s a possibility of a terrible / unpleasant / joyous / mind-expanding / life-changing surprise... On the other hand, someone moves a MIDI slider, hits a QWERTY key, taps on a trackpad, or any number of gestures, you have no (low-level mechanical) expectations, so how can you be surprised.
Kyle Gann laments the way pop-influenced New Music is received. Is timbre (pop) vs. execution (classical) all there is to it?
Some left-field jazz clips on YouTube (Ellington meets Miró?) dug up by the Telegraph's Martin Gayford. [via Arts Journal]
Straight No Chaser has a podcast primer on hip hop/jazz fusion.
Un nouveau converti au culte de Médéric Collignon. [via Pierre-Alain Goualch]
Just Outside recounts a highly amusing (though perhaps apocryphal) Morton Feldman anecdote.
Pat Metheny speaks the truth [via St. Louis Jazz Notes]:
We [ie. he and Brad Mehldau] are recording. At this point, it's pretty easy to record everything... But both Brad and I probably have too many records out anyway (laughs).+
In his Artist Playlist, John Scofield says of Miles Davis's Sorceror:
I think that this album is the culmination of the evolution of swinging jazz. The history that started in the '20s ends here.+
Monastery is a gallery for the music/painting/writing of Vanita and Joe Monk. [via Jean-Philippe Burg]
I recently played a friend's Nintendo's Wii for the first time. It's such great fun that, from my lay standpoint, it feels like the first qualitative advance in gaming since the first PlayStation. So I'm not surprised even the aged are joining the bandwagon.