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Options January 31, 2017: A440, Op. 4, No. 16: Prepare for Piano Preparation with Stephen Scott, Toshiro Mayuzumi, The Flashbulb, Aphex Twin, Arvo Pärt and - of course - John Cage

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Artist Track Album Comments Approx. start time
John Cage  Three Dances for Two Prepared Pianos (1945)   Options     0:00:00 (MP3 | )
Aphex Twin  Jynweythek Ylow (2001)   Options Drukqs    0:05:50 (MP3 | )
 
Music behind DJ:
The Flashbulb 
Windup Glass (prepared) (2015)   Options Compositions for Piano    0:08:07 (MP3 | )
Toshiro Mayuzumi  Pieces for Prepared Piano and Strings, III. Finale   Options   Benjamin Owen, Prepared piano with the Louisville Orchestra  0:14:00 (MP3 | )
Igor Stravinsky  Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra, I. Presto (1929, rev. 1949)   Options   Valery Gergiev, piano with Mariinsky Orchestra directed by Denis Matsuev  0:18:20 (MP3 | )
Stephen Scott  Baltic Sketches: Hocket I   Options Fire and Ice  Performed by the Bowed Piano Ensemble http://bowedpianoensemble.com/  0:25:52 (MP3 | )
Stephen Scott  Baltic Sketches: Four-Note Aria   Options     0:27:49 (MP3 | )
Stephen Scott  Baltic Sketches: Hocket II   Options     0:28:04 (MP3 | )
Stephen Scott  Baltic Sketches: Lament   Options     0:29:03 (MP3 | )
Stephen Scott  Baltic Sketches: Dance   Options     0:31:19 (MP3 | )
        0:40:55 (MP3 | )
John Cage  Tossed As It Is Untroubled (Meditation) (1944)   Options   Philipp Vandre, Prepared Piano  0:37:40 (MP3 | )
John Cage  Works of Calder, I. Prepared Piano   Options   Margaret Leng Tan, prepared piano  0:40:44 (MP3 | )
John Cage  Works of Calder, II. Film Soundtrack with Narration   Options     0:42:55 (MP3 | )
John Cage  Works of Calder, III. Film Soundtrack with Percussion   Options     0:45:05 (MP3 | )
Arvo Pärt  Tabula Rasa, II. Silentium (1977)   Options Tabula Rasa  Alfred Schnittke, Preparedb Piano, Gidon Kremer, violin, Tatjana Grindenko - violin, and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra  0:50:03 (MP3 | )

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/31/17 8:02pm Linda Lee:

good evening Bethany! thank you for opening with Cage!
Avatar Tue. 1/31/17 8:03pm Bethany Ryker:

Thanks, Linda! Welcome all - get PREPARED for Prepared Piano throughout this show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/31/17 8:03pm Linda Lee:

yay!!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/31/17 8:06pm JakeGould:

Hello!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/31/17 8:10pm common:

hey
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/31/17 8:11pm Kurt Gottschalk:

any sound was ok by cage so long as it wasn't jazz!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 1/31/17 8:11pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Yippee!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/31/17 8:11pm JakeGould:

@Kurt: Cage hated jazz?
Avatar Tue. 1/31/17 8:12pm ranjit:

Cage put those poor percussion orchestras out of business
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/31/17 8:12pm Linda Lee:

have we seen the short film called Sound? with Cage & Rahsaan Roland Kirk? doubt he hated jazz.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/31/17 8:12pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Speaking of Glass - Philip 80 today.
Avatar Tue. 1/31/17 8:12pm ranjit:

I hope you're gonna play something from Kathy Supové's Exploding Piano tonight!
Avatar Tue. 1/31/17 8:13pm ranjit:

@Revolution Rabbit: I went to Glass's 75th birthday event at LPR a while back - I might even say five years ago
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/31/17 8:14pm Linda Lee:

i'm sitting in a chair Cage sat in once or twice :-D
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/31/17 8:14pm Kurt Gottschalk:

cage was anti-improvisation, and jazz represented - to him - the height of pure ego. he was trying to create music with no composer or performer ego. in his later years he softened on that stance... a little.
Avatar Tue. 1/31/17 8:14pm ranjit:

I am sitting in a chair
Different from the one you are in now
:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/31/17 8:15pm Linda Lee:

ranjit ~ only apparently. :-D
Avatar Tue. 1/31/17 8:16pm Bethany Ryker:

@Ranjit....look at you with the ALVIN LUCIER reference. Made my day.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/31/17 8:17pm Linda Lee:

missed it. what a plebe. :-D
Avatar Tue. 1/31/17 8:17pm Bethany Ryker:

We are all open minded, right - except for the things we aren't open minded about. Was always curious to me that Cage loved chance but not improv, as Kurt points out.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/31/17 8:18pm Linda Lee:

i can see it. improv is assertion, chance is surrender ..
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/31/17 8:19pm Kurt Gottschalk:

chance operations were to be determined before the performance, not all willy nilly based on if your feet are sore or you think the violinist is cute.
Avatar Tue. 1/31/17 8:19pm ranjit:

@Kurt - thanks, that's really interesting
Avatar Tue. 1/31/17 8:20pm Bethany Ryker:

...or the saxophone has a bad reed
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/31/17 8:20pm Kurt Gottschalk:

there's good saxophone reeds?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/31/17 8:21pm Linda Lee:

he definitely softened a bit on the anti-improv stance eventually
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/31/17 8:23pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

John Cale: How did you develop all these what in 'serious' music we would call 'prepared instruments'?
Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth): We just acquired all these really really cheap guitars...which were only good for one sound...

Interesting - as people often say in Improv - it's not your last note - but your next one...to me that implies Listening - in a very Cage sense - @ same time as expressing yerself...but that's Jazz, & Cage was after something very specific...aren't sore feet & cute violinists Chance occurrences? Only determined chance...To think that all that great Sax is basically built on a duck call for a mouthpiece (& brass all a raspberry)...
Avatar Tue. 1/31/17 8:23pm ranjit:

this Stravinsky reminds me of John Adams - or it should be vice versa I suppose...
Avatar Tue. 1/31/17 8:24pm ranjit:

@Revolution Rabbit - I love that quote!
Avatar Tue. 1/31/17 8:27pm geezerette:

Howdy!
I see improv as surrender in the form of countless rapid responses. A sense of unselfconscious play.
Avatar Tue. 1/31/17 8:27pm Bethany Ryker:

Ranjit - tomorrow is FEBRUARY 1st. Plans for the month?
Avatar Tue. 1/31/17 8:28pm ranjit:

Yes! It'll be the tenth year of instrument-a-day, so I can't give up yet.
Avatar Tue. 1/31/17 8:30pm Bethany Ryker:

That's truly amazing. Be sure to hold a concert on March 1st with however many of the 282 have survived.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 1/31/17 8:31pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Cool....is there a web site to follow the instrument-a-day?
Avatar Tue. 1/31/17 8:31pm Bethany Ryker:

And yes, I was going to say 280 until I remembered there would have been 2 LEAP years in there.
Avatar Tue. 1/31/17 8:33pm ranjit:

Very few have survived :) - there's maybe a dozen from the 9 years that I still play regularly, and most of those are away at an exhibit. I do want to have a show, though!

@Ken - I'll post 'em all at moonmilk.com.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/31/17 8:35pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

@geez: For me - that is *thee* most extraordinary thing - when you're playing w/ others & not even thinking about it - it's all just happening. But I suppose Cage was really about the Audition - the Listening w/ nothing else...
What is the 'instrument-a-day' ?? : )
  Tue. 1/31/17 8:41pm Listening Out There:

This might be the only John cage piece that I've ever liked...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/31/17 8:45pm Dave in Vermont:

Thanks, Bethany.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/31/17 8:46pm JakeGould:

@Kurt: Ah! So he’s the classic artist with an ego who pretends he has no ego so he can cast judgement on others. Maybe? Just saying! Enjoying anyway.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/31/17 8:49pm common:

great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/31/17 8:51pm Dave in Vermont:

Hey, Kurt, great opening set on your show today. I only heard the first set, walking to campus.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/31/17 8:53pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Hard not to grant Cage his intellectual rigor...there's all that stuff that WyntonMarsalis said about Jazz & Democracy - yerknow - you really do have to determine your space w/ people - so if Cage was about trying to remove the people & letting what happened happen maybe that was a valid attempt.
Avatar Tue. 1/31/17 8:53pm Bethany Ryker:

@RevRabbit - Ranjit makes an instrument each day of February. Additionally, he was the mastermind behind the 8-bit violin that was the Grand Prize for my last Marathon show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/31/17 8:55pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Oh - February - *makes* one! Thx! Wow.
Avatar Tue. 1/31/17 8:55pm geezerette:

@RevRab:What is the "instrument-a-day"? I was out for a bit.

Always loved Cage,and Calder's Circus knocks me out!
I found Cage to be very funny, maybe that was a matter of timing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/31/17 8:56pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Calder was way kewl!
Avatar Tue. 1/31/17 8:57pm Marc Francis:

Beautiful. Thank you Bethany.
Avatar Tue. 1/31/17 8:58pm ranjit:

Calder and Cage were both way kewl! And Margaret Leng Tan is too.

Thanks, Bethany!
Avatar Tue. 1/31/17 8:59pm geezerette:

@Bethany: What a wonderful program, have to listen often. FMU , such an embarrasment of riches. :D
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