ARMISTICE DAY 2015


Here is a sublime piece that sonically fits the day from my Artist of the Week

Sharon Gal


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TODAYS DISCOVERY – VALENTINA VILLARROEL

VALENTINA VILLARROEL

SUNDAY MIXES – BIRDS

I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,–
When he beats his bars and he would be free;
It is not a carol of joy or glee,
But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core,
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings–
I know why the caged bird sings!

Sympathy – Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1872 – 1906)

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

Hope is the Thing with Feathers – Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886)

When April bends above me
And finds me fast asleep,
Dust need not keep the secret
A live heart died to keep.

When April tells the thrushes,
The meadow-larks will know,
And pipe the three words lightly
To all the winds that blow.

Above his roof the swallows,
In notes like far-blown rain,
Will tell the little sparrow
Beside his window-pane.

O sparrow, little sparrow,
When I am fast asleep,
Then tell my love the secret
That I have died to keep

I Love You – Sara Teasdale (1884 – 1933)

Do you ask what the birds say? The Sparrow, the Dove,
The Linnet and Thrush say, “I love and I love!”
In the winter they’re silent—the wind is so strong;
What it says, I don’t know, but it sings a loud song.
But green leaves, and blossoms, and sunny warm weather,
And singing, and loving—all come back together.
But the Lark is so brimful of gladness and love,
The green fields below him, the blue sky above,
That he sings, and he sings; and for ever sings he—
“I love my Love, and my Love loves me!”

Answer to a Child’s Question – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1884) 

SOUNDCLOUD SPOTLIGHT – ANGELICA CASTELLO

I previously reblogged a review of Angelica Castellos’ Sonic Blue courtesy of A Closer Listen. I came across the review again and this lead me to her Soundcloud page.

So here is todays Spotlight –

ANGELICA CASTELLO

PODCAST / ARTICLE REBLOG – Sounding Out! Podcast #46: Ruptures in the Soundscape of Disneyland

Cynthia Wang – Her work is framed in critical cultural perspectives. In the past she has done research on how Asian American musicians use digital media to build community and collaborate, and how crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo provide new avenues of creative production and distribution for independent artists.
Check out the other podcasts via the SO! site – interesting series on sound, soundwalks and field recording with an academic but accessible remit.

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In this podcast, Cynthia Wang shares examples taken from a soundwalk she performed at Disneyland. Disneyland has been an idealized space for the middle-class white American experience, and the aural signals and music used throughout the park encourage visitors to become cultural tourists and to share in this mindset. Here Cynthia considers the moments of rupture that disturb Disney’s controlled soundscape. Join us as we listen for a pathway out of the hyper-consumerist labyrinth of Disney. And, if you would like to learn more about this soundwalk, visit it’s website here.

Cynthia Wang is currently a PhD candidate at the Annenberg School of Communication at USC, a USC Endowed Fellow, and a USC Diploma in Innovation grant recipient (for an LGBTQ stories…

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REBLOG – EKHO: Women in Sonic Art – Ingrid Plum

Here is a great short overview about Ingrid Plum.
Courtesy to Ekho: Women in Sonic Art for this post.

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Ingrid Plum is a Brighton-based Composer/Musician www.ingridplum.com

“I find that feminist context emerges as part of my practice through my eschewing of boundaries that would be projected upon my choice of roles, rather than by making work that individually and specifically addresses feminist issues… I do not usually frame my work as feminist in itself. I am a feminist who makes work and my practice infers these issues – not by addressing them directly by subject, but by making work that exists despite and in spite of any gender gap that would deny me a contextual space for my work.”

Submission to ‘Ekho:: Toward a Repetitive Sounding of Difference’

“I followed Alvin Lucier’s example in ‘I am sitting in a room’, using the piano instead of a room and Nils Frahm’s ‘Mi’ as the source…I set up 2 Neumann 183 microphones to capture the sound of a Yamaha C6 grand piano…

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MIXCLOUD SPOTLIGHT – Fractal Meat on a Spongy Bone with Ingrid Plum

Due to technical stupidness ( probably on my behalf) Here is the show –