LABORINTUS II

Whose idea was this, anyway? Mike Patton, an alternative pop culture icon dabbling in the widely disparate fields of heavy metal and serious avant-garde music, has just produced and performed in a recording of Laborintus II, a work by the late Luciano Berio, an avant-garde composer with historical ties to pop culture icons. Berio’s three-act storyless opera was first performed at Mills College in California in 1967, the same year in which Berio appeared on the cover of the Sergeant Pepper album. http://www.voicemagazine.org/articles/articledisplay.php?ART=8681 Continue reading LABORINTUS II

Footnote

A Grumpy Dad, a Shiftless Lad, a Chance He Had Josh, the aimless teenaged son of Uriel, son of Eliezer, is being lectured by his father: I’m so close to giving up on you. You know what it means when a father gives up on his son? . . . Giving up on you means that instead of wanting to help you before it’s too late, I want to see you suffer so that I can gloat. http://www.voicemagazine.org/articles/columndisplay.php?ART=8683 Continue reading Footnote

In Conversation with . . . Thought Beneath Film, Part I

“The group’s name appears at first glance to be a reference to the movies, but the name in fact comes from an Emily Dickinson poem. “While studying music in university,” says Brent, “ for one of my composition assignments I composed a series of short pieces that adopted various Dickinson poems as their lyrical texts. ‘The thought beneath so slight a film’ was from one of these poems.“I felt like the poem’s connotations embodied what I was trying to do musically. On the surface my band’s songs are just simple pop tunes, but there’s more at play for those who … Continue reading In Conversation with . . . Thought Beneath Film, Part I