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BBC4 minimalism documentary: Drones, Tones & Arpeggios
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gbiz
Modulars on the beeb !! screaming goo yo

The best thing i've seen on the telly in ages. I'm looking forward to the Phillip Glass one.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09tbfp6
cretaceousear
Yes - very good !

Piece on Guardian to go with it:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/mar/02/minimalism-music-revolut ion-charles-hazelwood
unrecordings
Missed it, but will catch it on iPlayer (Synth Britannia was also on recently so that should be on iPlayer again too)
BRNDSCHTZN
Thanks for the info...

Didn't watch it yet but just found it on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWatTJeL32Y
lasesentaysiete
is that the guy from Synthrotek in the final "In C" performance?
gbiz
BRNDSCHTZN wrote:
Thanks for the info...

Didn't watch it yet but just found it on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWatTJeL32Y


If it's on youtube I'll remove [uk] from the subject title.
(I wonder how long before it gets taken down).
DickMarker
Enjoyed this - I love Terry Riley's work and he seemed like a lovely chap. Great to see the presenter and Adrian Utley doing that tape loop experiment as well.
La Monte's got some weird sex cult leader vibes going on.
Looking forward to the 'East Coast' instalment!
ReturnCodeZero
Cool, will check this out. Thanks
timoka
they show interesting old footage but tbh the presenter couldn't be worse.
this happy birthday bit is a good example of how well this series is scripted meh :



"Now along comes the amazing iconoclastic avantgarde composer john cage in the 1950s and he says MAYBE THAT'S ALL WRONG!
maybe there's another way of making music which is about vertical slices of time about the eternal now about perhaps very very intense repetition..." goes on and demonstrates with happy birthday...

maybe that's all wrong nanners amazing iconoclastic avantgarde It's peanut butter jelly time! vertical slices of time sad banana the eternal now Dead Banana very very intense repetition Dead Banana
cretaceousear
The presenter is a known composer which could be why he got let in to chat with the protagonists.
I don't know his work but he did a thing on TV from a UK town where he got several churches with traditional rope-pulled bells, to perform a piece timed with time signals. The bells weren't all in the same key and the general plan was it would balance out and time synchronise in the central town square.
Nice idea and sounded great over the TV.
lasesentaysiete
cretaceousear wrote:
The presenter is a known composer which could be why he got let in to chat with the protagonists.
I don't know his work but he did a thing on TV from a UK town where he got several churches with traditional rope-pulled bells, to perform a piece timed with time signals. The bells weren't all in the same key and the general plan was it would balance out and time synchronise in the central town square.
Nice idea and sounded great over the TV.


sounds like "Roraate" by Llorenç Barber.
MarcelP
gbiz wrote:
Modulars on the beeb !! screaming goo yo

The best thing i've seen on the telly in ages. I'm looking forward to the Phillip Glass one.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09tbfp6


Ooh interesting and by a nice coincidence I am seeing an evening of Reich on Saturday at Saffron Hall (Saffron Walden UK) - Clapping, Drumming and Marimba pieces performed by the Colin Currie Group.
cretaceousear
lasesentaysiete wrote:
sounds like "Roraate" by Llorenç Barber.


I don't think so - that looks like bells in one location, this was spread across the town? It was consciously created to involve the public.

lasesentaysiete
"Roraate" as composed--not necessarily performed--is intended for the bell towers of some town in Valencia. Not sure which, but it might actually be Valencia. He's from around there.
notmiserlouagain
Gone on youtube, for now...
Didn´t watch it yesterday because repelled by presenter. Maybe he´s a good componist... hihi
gbiz
I like the presenter. Anyone who likes the smell of warm tape machines & is willing to be filmed admitting that, can't be that bad. There's far more annoying presenters that usually present these sort of programs on BBC4. Just be thankful that they didn't use Paul Morley.
notmiserlouagain
gbiz wrote:
I like the presenter. Anyone who likes the smell of warm tape machines & is willing to be filmed admitting that, can't be that bad. There's far more annoying presenters that usually present these sort of programs on BBC4. Just be thankful that they didn't use Paul Morley.


Yes, it was just a superficial notion basedon the first 5 min., that´s why I came back and found the link is going nowhere now very frustrating
diophantine
I watched it on Monday, thought it was great!

Sure, I had a few "no duh..." moments listening to the narration, and wished they'd played a few more illustrative selections from "It's Gonna Rain", but obviously this wasn't made for people already familiar with this music. Yet it also provided me with more insight into some of these composers, particularly Terry Riley.

I finished it thinking "I've gotta show this to my wife", "I've gotta send this to such-and-such friend", etc. And, of course "when will part 2 come out?!" (looks like it will be on Friday).

Wish we could readily watch the BBC music documentaries here in the US! This, Synth Britannia, and the Krautrock one have all been excellent. Pretty sure there's some others that I'm forgetting, too.
BRNDSCHTZN
...Part 2 is up on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIwqnom1XTg

I recommend using one of the various Add-Ons for common browsers out there - the hunt is on...
VinceL
BRNDSCHTZN wrote:
...Part 2 is up on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIwqnom1XTg


Just watched it. Hearing excerpts of many pieces that I haven't listened to in over 30 years gave me goosebumps. woah

I have seen Philip Glass in concert 5 times:
- 3 of 4 shows at NY Town Hall during one week in 1981
- Einstein on the Beach at Carnegie Hall
- Performance at the Bottom Line in NYC (can't remember if I attended both shows that night or just one of them)

Unfortunately, I have never seen Steve Reich in concert. sad banana

I loved the first part as well. Listening to Young and Riley talk about their music was fascinating. I wish some of Young's old recordings would be released again.

Years ago (sometime in the 70's) I traveled to some loft in Greenwich Village where I bought La Monte Young's double album Dream House 78' 17" and Terry Riley's Persian Surgery Dervishes. Unfortunately, it was during the day, and I was unable to stay for an evening performance (don't remember who was going to be performing).
thebrotherspus
I enjoyed that!... can't get enough minimalism.
I saw Einstein on the Beach a few years ago in Toronto. It felt good... just sitting for 5 hours and letting the sound in.
Zube
This was great. It covers a lot- great for the curious. well worth a watch!
LHOOQtius
YouTube has been taken down. Any way for us Yanks to see this now?
smetak
Hopefully, this will make it to mvgroup - or else I won't be able to watch it.
Rost + Licht
Found it on Dailymotion:

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6hwgzw
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