There’s No Sound In My Head

There's No Sound In My Head from Lateral Films on Vimeo.

Today’s video is a documentary by Robert Arnold about Mark Applebaum’s Metaphysics of Notation. It is a fascinating video that discusses the development and performance of this graphic notation piece. The documentary features insights by famous composers such as Brian Ferneyhough and Paul Dresher as well as performers. Composer Chris Chafe says “This was a piece of music that was very substantial import… It provided a platform or framework for musical communication. This is the essence of what any score is going to do.”

Watch the video and let us know what you think. Is this music or graphic notation or both? Have you ever played a graphic notation piece? Leave your thoughts and comments below

Percussion Axiom TV: Episode #31, “Third Coast Percussion”

Today we sit down with Third Coast Percussion minutes after their showcase concert at the 2nd annual Round Top Percussion Festival, in Round Top, Texas. We thought it would be good to preview DrumChattr podcast episode #6 which will feature an interview with founding member David Skidmore. Look for that post on Monday!

It seems percussion chamber music ensembles are more successful than ever. What factors do you think are allowing the success of groups like So Percussion and Third Coast? Leave your thoughts below.

For more episodes visit: Percussion Axiom TV
For more about Third Coast check out: Third Coast Percussion

Originally posted on DrumChattr on September 24, 2010 by Thomas Burritt.

Ballet Mecanique at the National Gallery of Art

The Ballet Mecanique by George Antheil is considered on of his most famous (or infamous) works. The original score, written in 1924, calls for 16 player pianos playing four separate parts, for four bass drums, three xylophones, a tam-tam, seven electric bells, a siren, and three different-sized airplane propellors (high wood, low wood, and metal), as well as two human-played pianos. It was later revised in 1953 using a very different ensemble of four pianos, four xylophones, two electric bells, two propellors, timpani, glockenspiel, and assorted percussion.

This video features the premiere of an all-robitic version of the piece for 16 player pianos and percussion orchestra. The performance was made possible with robotic instruments from LEMUR: League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots. For more information on Ballet Mecanique, Antheil.org.

Today’s video is courtesy of guest contributor Carlos Johnson.

Have you seen any performances of robotic percussion or have you ever seen a live performance of Ballet Mecanique? Tell us about your experience in the comments.

Originally posted on DrumChattr on September 11, 2010.

Dr. Dave’s Percussion Videos (Episode 008)

This video features a performance Elliott Carter’s new percussion ensemble piece Tintinnabulation (2008), performed by New Jersey Percussion Ensemble (Peter Jarvis, conductor). Elliott Carter wrote this piece at the age of 100!! The Boston Globe says, “Tinnabulation covers an enormous range of sonorities, partly through Carter’s choice of instruments (a Chinese opera gong and five types of nipple gongs are among the mix) but also through his meticulous instructions of where to strike each instrument and what kind of stick to use, be it a mallet, a brush, a birch dowel, or even a knitting needle.”

The performers are (L to R):  Payton MacDonald, Gary Van Dyke, Michael Aberback. John Ferrari, Ned Stroh, April McCloskey

What are some of your favorite Elliott Carter solo or ensemble pieces? Post some links in the comments.

Originally posted on DrumChattr on September 5, 2010 by Dave Gerhart.

Dr. Dave’s Percussion Video (Episode 005)

Percussionist, Jaime Oliver (not to be confused with the British Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver) earned First Prize in Electronic Sonority from File Prix Lux for his Silent Percussion Project. The “Silent Percussion Project” (SPP) consists in building a set of computer musical instruments that use human gestures to control sounds, composing and performing with them in an attempt to re-incorporate the body in music performance practice. Check out the File Prix Lux website for more information.

Originally posted on DrumChattr on August 22, 2010 by Dave Gerhart.

So Percussion (from NPR New Sounds)

Listen to some music featuring the members of So Percussion on this New Sounds, including Jason Treuting’s “Oblique music for 4 plus (blank),” recorded live by the Orchestra of the League of Composers at Miller Theater. Also included in this podcast are samples from the new album, “Treasure State”

Tell us what your favorite So Percussion album is in the DrumChattr forums.

Originally posted on DrumChattr on July 21, 2010 by Dave Gerhart.

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