The Light side of Dark

– The Dark Side of the Moon at 50 –


Fifty years since its release on March 1, 1973, Dark Side (the album) poses conflicting, perhaps irresolvable questions. Can you overlook the clichés of modern-day mass-market entertainment about the meaning of life? Or do snobbery and dismissiveness unnecessarily prevent skeptics from being able to take Dark Side at face value? Can’t you just turn your brain off and rock out to Dark Side sometimes?

Few, if any, teenage totems have come close to Dark Side’s longevity and reach. Its claimed sales are 45 million copies, making it the fourth-best-selling album of all time. It has spent a ridiculous 971 weeks on the Billboard 200, 741 of them consecutively from 1973 to 1988; both of those stretches are distant records. Pink Floyd didn’t succeed; it annihilated. By the end of 1973, they were multimillionaires.

“Something certainly did the trick, and [Dark Side] moved us into a super league, which brought with it some great joy, some pride, and some problems,” Gilmour said in Classic Albums. “You don’t know what you’re in it for anymore. You’re in it to achieve massive success and get rich and famous and all these other things that go along with it, and when they’re all suddenly done, you go, ‘Hm, why? What next?’”


Loddefest 2011

– byg og skab, ting før lyd


Hvad er en loddefest? En loddefest er et møde mellem mennesker, der

  1. laver musik
  2. elsker improvisation
  3. kan respektere lyd og musik lavet med allehånde lydgivere
  4. leger med dimser
  5. leger med dimser i fællesskab
  6. ikke søger et fast resultat ud over samarbejdet og at være i proces
  7. har tid og rum at tilbyde til sådan arbejde
  8. har en limpistol, en loddekolbe og flere dage at give til sammenkomsten
  9. kan finde ud af at styre volumeknappen

TIME TRAVEL RADIO by Jamie Carreiro

Time Travel Radio is a music player that navigates through time. There are only two knobs: one controls power/volume, and the other sets the year.  You fill it with songs from throughout your life, then use music to travel through time.


Source: TIME TRAVEL RADIO — Jamie Carreiro

What if it pulled music from the selected year from all over and played it randomly? Or a third button, where you dialled latitude?

Keith Kenniff

(and Miranda July)

Keith Kenniff writes music for movies (among these Miranda July’s “me and You and Everyone we know“)
He is also a major mix-master making sample laws obviously redundant in all their stiffling idiocracy. Listen to this mix and tell me if it wasn’t worth it. Then go and seek out each individual composer and live their bodies of work.

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KALK improvisationer

– impro er godt!

KALK var et godt samarbejde ml. 1999 og 2001 med musikeren og billedkunstneren André Lundquist, der mundede ud i 150 udgivne improvisationer på 10 CD’er og 1 DVD

Teksterne er samlet hér, uofficielt udgivet på forlaget Se, sne!

Et par eksempler:

Dansende Hjerte, 6:46
Dansende Hjerte

Den Krystalklare nat, 8:16
Den Krystalklare Nat

Færgemanden, 9:42

(tekst: kenneth krabat, klaver: andré lundquist)

Hér er den gamle hjemmeside

Bandcamp-udgivelsen: KALK spiller svenske skovsøer


Maybe you are Partched?

(Harry Partch in public)

Harry Partch (June 24, 1901 – September 3, 1974) was an American composer. He was one of the first twentieth-century composers to work extensively and systematically with microtonal scales, writing much of his music for instruments he built himself, tuned in 11-limit just intonation.

Interested in the potential musicality of speech, Partch worked out his first extended scales to notate the inflections of the speaking voice. He built his adapted viola to demonstrate the concept. In London on a grant he met the poet W. B. Yeats with the intention of gaining his permission to write an opera based on his translation of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King. He took another instrument he had built, an adapted guitar, to the meeting, and accompanied himself in one of his own songs on it. Yeats was enthusiastic, saying “a play done entirely in this way, with this wonderful instrument, and with this type of music, might really be sensational”, and giving Partch’s idea his blessing.

Partch set about building more instruments with which to realise his opera. However, his grant money ran out, and, back in the United States, he began to live as a hobo, travelling around on trains and taking casual work where he could find it. He continued in this way for ten years, writing about his experiences in journals that were later collected together under the title Bitter Music.

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