A new Orph-piece I hadn’t known before - in fact, I didn’t know any of Hovhaness’ music before. Interesting, I like it.
DECOMPOSITION & DECAY *
In our modern-day human culture, decomposition and decay have often come to be viewed quite negatively, with the former mainly associated with things that are rotten, have a bad smell and are generally symptomatic of death, while the latter is similarly viewed as very undesirable, whether it be in terms of urban decay, or, on a much more personal level, tooth decay. However, they are vital processes in nature, playing an essential role in the breakdown of organic matter, recycling it and making it available again for new organisms to utilise.
(I know this is a random post to see on here - especially since I tumbl so little these days. But I just read this and it felt really poignant. I used to be sort of death-phobic - still am, to a certain degree - not afraid of death, but of dead, decaying things. Mummies, dead bodies - I hated autumn for that reason. And only recently started coming to terms with why I felt that way and what it signifies - and that decay is beautiful and natural in its way, too. For everything there is a season, etc etc.)
Icelandic descendants of Vikings singing a hymn in a German train station. They totally need to be on the next Thor soundtrack.
Oh man oh man oh man. 6 guys, and it FILLS THE SPACE. Luck of the architecture - and they know how to pull it off. Nothing is easy making vocal music in a space not built for it. I want to do this kind of thing - randomly perform multipart harmony in public spaces.
And it reminds me of Bjork: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiN_YTyaNtI
My god this is beautiful.
Oh my god, the bass voice is superb.
This makes me feel so many things. Gods, it’s gorgeous and so evocative and wow. I need to find out what hymn this is.
It’s Hear, Heavenly Creator (I don’t know how that’s spelled in Icelandic, and I don’t have the characters on my keyboard for the letters anyway haha).
It’s… old as balls. Like 11th century old.
This is stunning.
found music is the best
I’ve been involved in a few vocal ensemble-type-projects recently, and actually started a small Josquin group with a few friends. And this pushes all the good buttons. Performance in public spaces for its own sake, ritualistic performance, how good and still-relevant really old music is.
Hi tumblr! Been awhile. Nothing special to report, but I’m singing this right now and really love it and wanted to put it here for you.
"Maestro, could you give me a clear cue at my entrance?"
Nina Simone, “Sinnerman”
Recently got into this song via Sherlock (oh my god, Sherlock - so good).
Hermann Hesse (via gebeine)
2484, because I love Hermann Hesse and also this thought.
mmm, this too. makes me think of orpheus - one of my ideas-in-progress is that orpheus’ music = the perfect language (that pre-babel language that actually said things and not just the names of things). Started thinking about this right after I read The Name of the Rose and it stuck. I’ve been taking a little break from orpheus for the past year (as you can tell by the sorry state of my tumblr), but this is a thought I’d like to come back to someday.
Hayao Miyazaki (via fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment)
2485, absolutely true