Impressive. The young man above outdueled Brian Matusz a few weeks back, and Matusz may be the best lefthander in college baseball, a likely first-round draft pick in June. Serious movement, easy heat.
There was a nice live recording of Gyorgy Ligeti's 'Atmospheres' on NPR the other night. It's just about impossible to sell live because of the extreme dynamic range.
One listener's cough will wreck a good three seconds of one of the complex clusters of sound played at quadruple-piano, and there were more than one such hacks in the performance. Still, it was kind of nice to hear live, rather than in the well-known Vienna Philharmonic recording employed in 2001: A Space Oddysey.
It got me thinking about the austere beauty of some of the timbres Ligeti produced in this and other pieces, many of them associated with 2001 and other films by Stanley Kubrick.
Interestingly enough, 'Atmospheres' and some of Ligeti's other music from that period seem to evoke an interest in timbral change akin to the experimental electronic music of the mid-1950's. Ligeti himself did work in this vein at the same Cologne studios that nurtured Karlheinz Stockhausen, of whom I've previously posted. One such piece, Artikulation, has found a fascinating video analog shown above, a sort of hybrid 'art/score' in which shapes represent timbral changes. Enjoy!
(The images are from Wikipedia, the sounds are from Romania by way of Germany)
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What if there was a relatively simple physical correlate to the sort of symmetrical images associated with 'Op Art', moire patterns and the recreational use of hallucinogens?
"It would, like, be like touching (heh heh) the entire universe of our perceptions (giggle). Is anyone else as hungry as I am?"
Anyway, here's some cool, thought-provoking research as hosted by fellow OM-er Blake Stacey.