It Ain’t Necessarily (Just) So

I’m still reveling in the memory of So Percussion’s appearance with the Orchestra of the League of Composers last week. And here’s a new recording of music of another sort altogether!

So’s latest collaboration is with Baltimore electronica duo and frequent Björk collaborators Matmos. On Treasure State, a recording for the Cantaloupe imprint, they create a patchwork quilt of found object percussion, glitchtronica beats, synthetic signatures, and complex rhythmic structures. Despite the multifaceted nature of the proceedings, the underlying groove remains eminently danceable.

Here’s a taste of their work: a YouTube clip from their recent show at Le Poisson Rouge.

New Recording of In C: GVSU live at LPR

Hot on the heels of their Innova release In C Remixed, Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble has made a new recording of Terry Riley’s In C. A 2009 live date at Le Poisson Rouge, it features composer/producer/laptop musician Dennis DeSantis alongside the ensemble in a 65-minute rendition of the piece.

This version is different from the material on the Innova disc. It takes some of DeSantis’ remixing and electronica talents that were briefly on display there and blows them up to a full, intensely interactive, electro-tinged In C for 2010.

The release is available digitally via Ghostly International. Previously known as a quirk pop/electronica outfit, this is the label’s first foray into concert music. One hopes that its the first of many!

They’ve been kind enough to allow us to share a five-minute selection of the performance here.

In C (excerpt)

Bjarnason LPR show streaming on WQXR


For those of you who missed Daniel Bjarason’s gig on March 3, 2010 at LPR; or for those who want to re-experience what was widely touted as a humdinger of a show, WQXR is streaming it in its entirety online. Isn’t the internet grand?