Late February-early march 2010 The Vine Tucson
Nickelnote, serpico, phridge, floo, dubba, cop, horzbah, spike, pharo, kalben kool, thud, bish-bosh, smelly old harry, kyzyl kum
Played by: alex ferris
After the monophony of Manque (a meditation on conformity), I wanted to make contrapuntal music that was decentralized and unstable, whose parts related to one another from a greater distance. I wanted the linearities to disintegrate in relation to the whole, but maintain their internal consistencies.
I was interested in hockets and canons and their effects on the surface tensions of the pieces. I’d had a friendly (and fun) argument about Picasso and that had got me to thinking about multiple perspectives forming a unified image in a two dimensional plane, so, in a sense I was seeing what I could do to generate a consensus of linearity out of multiple simultaneous meters. This allowed the hockets to bridge not only different instruments, but different signatures (and their canons) as well, which in turn allowed flow and syncopation without being tied to any rigid regularity.
If all this stuff sounds geeky, it’s because it is. Po is the geekiest music I’ve ever made. At the same time (at least to me) it has a lot of fun and laughter in it.
If the imaginary band on Manque was a group of hippies trying to fit in with itself, the one on Po is a group of musical geeks pulling one another’s chains.
I think of this group of pieces as an imaginary performed set, opening with a Klezmer inspired warmup and closing with an encore drawn from dixieland jazz.
Around that time, I’d been reading James Gleick’s excellent biography of Richard Feynman and Stephen Walsh’s equally excellent biography of Stravinsky (along with his analysis of Stravinsky’s music), so, I was spending a lot of time thinking about the structures of things and the ways in which a life consists of gaining insights into the structures of things.
I price all of my music at $0.00, but Bandcamp only allows a limited number of free downloads per month. If you see a price it means that the free downloads have been used up for the month. If I set a price lower than the $7.00 default, there won’t be any free downloads ever. If there are more sales there end up being more free downloads. I’m not trying to get anybody to spend money (I loathe capitalism and the comercialzation of everything, especially the arts). I make music, not product. If you end up buying something, at least you have enabled 2 other people to get something for free (which is a good thing). Or check back until it’s free again. Please feel free to duplicate and pass along.