Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Énergie des Modes

I have just listened to a demo version (created by Pat Ross-Ross) of a piece for harpsichord,

Énergie des Modes (2005)
composed by R.A. Moulds. (the first link is to the page with both the score and the mp3)

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Misty Island - finally a video to this old piece



The pictures are not really what I imagined when I composed the piece, many years ago, at the Lindbladstudion (EAM studio) at the University of Göteborg School of Music. I was thinking of an island surrounded by mist, but in the summer. Tonight, the ships are needing their fog horns, but when I took the photos this afternoon it was clearer. And it is winter.
/MaLj
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Monday, January 19, 2009

Ask a genie for a performer

Piano

comics from xkcd


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Ten years? Ten thousand hours of practising?

I'm just posting the links to a couple of interesting posts which I read in December 2008, written by the ethnographer Alexandre Enkerli at his Disparate blog ("A bilingual blog on disparate subjects. Un blogue disparate bilingue.").

part 1
part 2

It is a critical discussion of the widespread idea that it takes ten years or ten thousand hours to become an expert on anything, for example, to become a musician/composer like Mozart.

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Meeting and discussion in London

Two messages from Cedric Peachey:

1.

I thought I should bring to your notice, as editor and guardian of the Sibelian Conspiracy, the call for a full meeting of the London chapter of the Composers’ Coven to resolve an important issue of terminology. As usual, a pub lunch and accompanying alcoholic beverages will be served to assist the quality and range of the debate.

Suggestions for a suitable collective noun for composers are welcomed from all paid-up members of the Sibelian Conspiracy. Two proposals have already been tabled:

A cacophony of composers
A counterpoint of composers

2.

There would appear to be no recognised collective noun for a group or assemblage of composers. Mr Ellis has been known to refer to our gatherings as “covens” but this term has no proper association with music and, in any case, has long been regarded as specific to stirrers of cauldrons and riders of broomsticks, with a distinct bias towards the female gender of the aged, warty, cackling variety.

I therefore wish to call a meeting to enquire upon, debate and settle this most urgent of issues at the The Anglesea Arms, in non-gender specific, racially neutral, ability non-dependent, secular language: http://www.capitalpubcompany.com/anglesea/

How would Saturday 14th or 28th February around noon suit your respective diaries? In the meanwhile, please consult the following for inspiration:

The Collective Noun Page



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(This will be edited when there is something more to add to the list:)

SUBMITTED IDEAS FOR COLLECTIVE NOUNS and ACRONYMS:


A batch of composers - ABOC
A botch of composers - ABOC

A cacophony of composers - ACOC
A cafard of composers - ACOC

A collection of composers - ACOC
A concussion of composers - ACOC
A confusion of composers - ACOC
A counterpoint of composers - ACOC

A conspiracy of composing compeers - ACOCC

An excess of composers - AEOC

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