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"Continuum Unbound," a set of three CD-length compositions by Michael Pisaro recently issued in a handsome box set on his Gravity Wave label, presents the intrepid listener with an arc both aurally engaging and intellectually stimulating. Listen without first reading the CD booklet, and you might wonder what the discs "Kingsnake Grey," an unaltered 72-minute field recording made at sundown on New Year's Eve 2012 in South Carolina's Congaree National Park; "Congaree Nomads," which mingles fragmented field recordings and sounds made by the percussionist Greg Stuart; and "Anabasis," a dense, eventful odyssey for five musicians, including Pisaro and Stuart have to do with each other. Comment?
'The first prerequisite for listening to music is so obvious that it almost seems ludicrous to mention, yet it is often the single element that is absent: to pay attention and to give the music your concentrated effort as an active listener ' That is Aaron Copland writing in What to Listen for in Music back in 1939. Today, advocating tweeting in concerts is considered A1 4ber-cool, but advocating mindfulness in concerts is considered A1 4ber-uncool. Comment?
... mindfulness is about silence and shutting off, rather than opening to all forms of experience. Imagine that you can listen to the sounds with your entire body, picking up 360 degrees of sounds, above, below, in front, behind-all around you. Listen ... Comment?
... this has to be a film when I called Robert Manley at Christie's in New York City." According to Mell, "I just said, 'Listen, can I email you this list? I found this list. It fell from a book. I just need to know if this of any kind of historical ... Comment?
... presents itself differently in the hands of various musicians. Beside the obvious elegance of Scarlatti's melodies, listen for sounds of flamenco guitars and castanets (Scarlatti spent the last 28 years of his life in Spain), trumpet fanfares and ... Comment?
New Amsterdam Records is proud to reveal "Pretender" by No Lands , the recording and performing alias of Michael Hammond. Comment?
Hidden in the brambles at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, speakers amplified the normally inaudible sounds of gas bubbling up inside Hawaii's Kilauea volcano. Comment?
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