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newmanology:

Crack Is Wack mural by Keith Haring (1986), located at the Crack Is Wack Playground at E. 128th Street and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan. I walked all around that neighborhood this morning.

sillywhatwell:

And yet another of my students comes over to the dark side… They keep asking me if they can play some Philip Glass. I didn’t encourage them, not at all, promise, but I guess my love of this music has to rub off somehow. Subliminal. Minimal. Mmm yes.

After I go to play this concert with Mr. Glass in Brooklyn in December, I shall make sure to bring home the scores for the Etudes. They’ll be released by then. Can’t wait!

sillywhatwell:

bluetapes:

Godfrey Reggio’s crew urged him against using Philip Glass to provide the music for what would become Koyaaniqatsi. “They said, ‘He’s the master of the broken needle,’” the director recounts. “‘Why would you choose someone like this when you could choose Beethoven or Mozart? Vivaldi? And have the…

The relationship of music to image, and the intrinsic beauty of workaday things… that’s what I love most about Koyaanisqatsi. And although, I do find myself feeling occasionally a tad manipulated by it, I don’t resent it. Haha.

thebackmatter:

Derek Welsh by Graphical House / graphicalhouse.co.uk

Derek Welsh gives life to original design through his craft of beautiful and stylish modern furniture. As a regular collaborator with Graphical House, Derek’s visual identity is borne out of an intimate knowledge of his work and practice. Derek is passionate about his technique, and meticulous in his attention to detail.

This is reflected in his graphic identity including logotype, printed material and website.

Have you watched The Hours or at least heard the soundtrack by Phillip Glass? It's so beautiful (both things)

sillywhatwell:

Yes! Absolutely beautiful film, so moving. I recorded the solo piano version of “Dead Things” on my first album actually. Am very attached to that piece!

His Solo Piano Etudes are a wonderful thing. I’m so privileged to have the opportunity to perform them with him in Brooklyn in December. Cannot wait!

sillywhatwell:

Red - (Sally’s-shopfront-studio-rough-n-ready-remix)
text and music by Sally Whitwell.

Note to self: I should just put my compositions out into world more often. Put this song out there an hour ago and have had three expressions of interest already.

Here’s the words and the blurb

Red river of life
Red runs in the veins
Red turns the mill that pumps the heart
Red river it flows
Red beneath that skin
Red turns the mill that pumps the heart

And the fire
And the spark
And the fire
And the zipzapzoom.

Red liquid energy
Red runs in the veins
Red pulse is powered through the limbs
Red liquid energy
Red feeding the core
Red pulse is powered through the limbs

And the fire
And the spark
And the fire
And the zipzapzoom.

You know the one.
The one with the x ray vision
Sees straight through your position
Despite all your protestation
They know you

Choral music is one of my favourite genres of music, but it is tricky for us atheists to find choral repertoire that really resonates with us personally. Much of the greatest choral music in history was designed specifically for Christian contexts; Medieval plainchant, JS Bach’s Cantatas, Rachmaninov’s Vespers… It’s little wonder really, the Christian church has constructed the perfect buildings for a particular kind of choral music, beautifully resonant stone chambers with incredibly high vaulted ceilings. The sound bounces around in there until you’re surrounded by this magical echoing that, well, it’s hard to describe. Whilst it’s really wonderful, it’s not personal for me so I often feel a little disconnected from it.

Fortunately the choral and vocal ensemble repertoire is constantly developing and these days those of us who aren’t so driven to sing to the glory of god have opportunities to find places to sing about other things that matter to us. I believe in science and I have quite a few scientist friends who also happen to sing in choirs. The other night, I was awake at ridiculous o’clock with insomnia and fell into one of those Youtube rabbit holes that you do when you’re bored. I am not sure how I came to be watching it, but I found this mesmerisingly hypnotic animation of red blood cells coursing through an artery and felt inspired to write a song about it. The song’s about the blood itself, the life force, but it’s also about scientists as people and how they seem to know so much more about us mere mortals than we could ever know ourselves. I find it kind of intimidating, as well as kind of wonderful. Haha.

rmgdesign:

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maudelynn:

Having fun with the LAPD!! c.1928 

maudelynn:

Having fun with the LAPD!! c.1928