What d'yer reckon to the 5 percent book? The breakdown about golf had me howling with laughter.
i really like it
its quite riveting, the mathematics is mind-boggling and the lead character allah sounds fantastic. It's great on background to the political struggles, and the new york muslim stuff which i'd read about b4 in hakim bey's sacred drift book, but you see so much complex african american language coming thru in these ideas which is illuminating. I'm only half way thru but it's great.
Phew thank god for that! I'd been waiting for a book to totally go into the origins of the Gods and Earths for ages, and I really think he's on the money with the way he writes and researches his work, he really asks and answers all the questions you would want to ask. Glad you liked it too.
also, nudged by simon reynolds' retro blissblog posts, been listening to lots of mover / cold rush / pcp stuff. makes good listening as the nights draw inwards!!
All the punk, post-punk, hardcore and post-hardcore I listened to in high school and it's been one of the most rewarding and revelatory things I have done all year. No lie.
cool! sounds ionteresting. what can you reccomend on cold rush and pcp? i haven't come across them before.
"I'm a person just like you
But I've got better things to do
Than sit around
And fuck my head
Hang out with the living dead
Snort white shit
Up my nose
At the shows
I don't even
Think about speed
I just don't need
I've got the straight edge"
BBC Music Magazine - "Her performance, taped in the composer’s presence, is arresting and naturally authoritative. She’s excellent, too, in the fearsomely demanding Henze Serenade, one of the most rewarding yet technically baffling works in the literature, and Bertrand’s account of the George Crumb Sonata is bettered only by Frans Helmerson’s definitive BIS version.
The Ligeti Sonata, with its seemingly unplayable final Capriccio, is a virtuoso tour de force, and Bertrand succeeds magnificently in making sense of this unrelentingly elusive though masterful work. Finally, she’s no less convincing in Nicolas Bacri’s Suite No. 4, written especially for her...this is a triumph. Highly recommended."
Performance FIVE STARS Sound FOUR STARS
some person on Amazon: Emmanuelle Bertrand is amongst the best cellists of the younger generation. Indeed there is a letter in the sleeve notes from Dutilleux himself commending her qualities as an artist. Her range of tonal colours is immense, her tone ravishing and her articulation a delight.
This CD has won a massive amount of awards in France, and its easy to hear why. The Ligeti solo Sonata is a beautifully concise work, written in 1948 in his pre experimental/avante guard phase (his 'Hungarian' phase), with a soulful and songful first movement, and massively virtuosic and brilliant second movement. The George Crumb Sonata of 1955, another pillar of the solo cello repertoire also recieves a highly coloured and perfectly executed reading. The surprisingly tonal Henze Serenade and newly comissiones Bacri Suite are pleasent enough but are not up to the level of the other masterpieces on the disk.
The Dutilleux Trois Strophes have been recorded a few times, and this is the best version of them. As has been said, Dutilleux himself praises the recording, which should be reason enough to believe in their supremecy. These three short pieces are some of the greatest solo cello music written in the twentieth century.
None of the music is very difficult to listen too, in the way that Ligeti for instance, can be .I recommend this CD unreservedly.