Pink Floyd, MBTI & other Zodiac like games

ONE

The problem with Astrology is when people use their sign as a way to be lazy, to be a handful, to be an asshole. “I’m not even sorry I can’t do nothing I’m a Scorpio you know?”.

Zodiac : lazinesses or challenges?

TWO

The problem with other human-sortings like MBTI is different. People use it to swagger like idiots. “I’m an INTJ, I’m great, I’m unique, I’m VERY rare, I’m an empath”.

Let’em boast, will you?

#INFJ & #INTJ : The Tango Feeling/Thinking

THREE

You’re a smart person and you probably all this is “magic thinking”. It’s a categories game, and these are vague enough to appear magic : “Oh fuck it’s EXACTLY SO ME!”.

Not a big deal. Finding your Zodiac sign or your MBTI is a pretty accurate way to think about yourself, about what you like and dislike, about the way you could evolve.

“The noble man improves his qualities, not his flaws”

…said a wise man somewhere. Oui?

FOUR

If you realize it’s a game, a classification name in which you try to push yourself down a hole, a basin, you can use ANY other structure to think about who you are.

This morning I talked with a colleague about a GREAT documentary I DVD-burned for him about the Making of Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd. It’s very interesting, of course, to hear these guys telling how they wrote “Money” or worked with Alan Parsons.

But I said to him : “I’m Richard Wright, of course!”.

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FIVE

Wright is the guy on the right. He’s quiet, he’s shy, he’s the keyboards player. He bright calm, fields of sounds.

Waters is the tortured guy, the tortured thinker, a great bass player and an original singer. He’s the soul of Pink Floyd.

Gilmour is the handsome singer, handsome guitar player. He has “this” sound. And a splendid voice too! He seems the strong soul Waters probably needed to channel his too many ideas.

Mason is the drummer (on the left). And as usual he’s funny, smart, fast, the relaxed watcher of the mess. He wrote a great, great book about the group.

SIX

See me coming?

You can play this game with other groups, with the Beatles, with the Police (which is a great trio for Types : Sting the leader, great bass player, fantastic voice, Copeland the crazy energetic drummer, Summers the smart and cultivated older guitarist. And they made reggae music with that! Who else?

SEVEN

Tool : find a classification in a group of types, a baseball team, a choir, a team. Find who you are. And begin to think : Why are you this person? Can you learn from him/her? What are his/her patterns, tools? What does he/she BRINGS to the structure? Who do you need to complete a group?

You go!

Thanks for reading!

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Anne Teresa, Bartok & Dancers, a recipe

This is a pattern exercise, a recipe for thinkers.

Take music you don’t know well (Bartok).

Take a choreographer you don’t know well (Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker).

Choose a short clip of 4 minutes.

  • Listen
  • Watch
  • Try to imagine what the choreographer wants
  • Watch and note the elements (repetition, hugs, etc)
  • Are they symbols or just movements
  • Is there a mood-difference, inadequacy between music and gestures
  • What happens with musicians
  • What do you feel when the music stops but not the dancers
  • You have plenty of other Teresa movies on YouTube
  • What other arts we don’t know we could explore what could we find and how
  • If we extract a tool (example : dance with no music then with music, example : why their dance doesn’t follow music, example : we’re not told what’s between these people), can we transpose it? Where? Photography? Poetry? Teaching?…

Have fun!

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Amelie Lens is dancing

I follow Amelie Lens on Instagram. She’s a Belgian DJ and she’s very very pretty. She has an “official” account with almost 300.000 followers. Good!

I just watched her live on Instagram.

YouTube her! You’ll find long concert movies made of this : short patterns, loud and fast rhythms, her happy energy to trigger these things. And no music at all. Not intent. Not a single idea. And she’s very pretty. And she’s dancing in front of her turntables.

Turning buttons happiness…

She made a hit, I think. Here it is. 1 720 964 views :

 

Then : you don’t understand, right? Me neither.

I tried. I’m interested in this music. I like to explore (though I prefer to explore other musical fields, from Boulez to ECM).

 

I love repetition and energy, like The Field (this guy know EXACTLY what he’s doing) who knows how to make you wait until orgasm :

 

Or the dry abstract Trentemoller, like a lego builder :

 

Or the modutating loud energy of Digitalism (two single ideas, but good ones – an harmonic one and a production one (dirty/clear)) :

 

I can even feel the trancy vulgarity of Astrix (listen all of it, loud) :

 

Or Vitalic, like a mainstream gorgeous thing, right?

 

Chemical Brothers, with the ever building Surface to Air (don’t watch the clip) :

 

 

All these guys are “music programmers”. Their musical tools are pretty… weak (small simple melodies, big rhythms, wait/relaunch processes), but for all of them I see what they do. I notice their “thing”. It’s delightful sometimes!

Not for Amelie Lens. I watched plenty of hers. The happiness of triggering buttons, wait/relaunches, and fuck : not a single idea.

It’s useful to have this milestone. The zero one. Röyksopp is the other milestone. At the other side of the bar : intoxicating “too many ideas”.

Why? How? What do I miss? Why do people love this? When something you don’t understand/dislike seems to reach zero, what about this rush of the mind : “What?”. Is the seek worth it?

Why do I dream to ask her this question :

“How do you progress?”

 

Thanks for reading!

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Supertramp, The Cure and Arvo Pärt : Where’s the new sound?

ONE

“Hey Arvo! What’s up?”

Today my colleague who is in her 40 pointed her finger at one intern next to her, who is in his 20 : “He doesn’t know The Cure!”.

I asked : “What about Supertramp?”. Never heard of it…

Well…

“History recalls how great the fall can be
While everybody’s sleeping, the boats put out to sea”

Fool’s Overture : 1977. I was 11 and get out of here : it was AMAZING!

TWO

In a way I understand! And in another way, it’s a proof of non-curiosity, and it’s sad. You don’t have to love Supertramp, or Genesis, or Talk Talk, buddy, but you should know about these…

In the end of the seventies, I knew about The Beatles, and Beach Boys or Cream, or Led Zeppelin, or Doors. Not my music, but I… knew about them.

I loved Supertramp, and Breakfast in America was a hit, and I was in love with some inaccessible girl at this time, and today when I hear Hodgson’s voice, my heart is pinched : someone didn’t care much about me.

THREE

I said to the little guy : “Supertramp is a pop group who understood the tools of Progressive Rock and made hits with them. Long songs, complex arrangements and harmonies, fractured forms. It worked pretty well!”.

In Fool’s Overture, the voice begins to sing after… like almost 6 minutes of music.

I wanted to tell him about Dreamer. Or about the choir, Churchill’s voice, the harmonica, or the pulsing rage of the end. Or how Faith, by The Cure, was incredibly grey. And the bass! But… I said nothing. Shup. I just wrote a few names on a paper. “Explore YouTube it!”.

Yes? Close to the Edge? Later…

FOUR

Deleuze says, and I agree : in Art, the only real question is “What’s new here?”.

I’m 52 tomorrow. I heard some violins in the radio tonight and my brain said “Arvo Pärt?“, and I was right.

Arvo Pärt was a new sound. ECM…

Supertramp too (this voice!!). Like Sting in Police. Or Disco music. Saturday Night Fever was a great new sound. Moroder. Then Marrs, or Frankie Goes to Hollywood : Relax. All were like : Oh oh oh I NEVER FUCKING HEARD THIS BEFORE!

What’s NEW. This is what we need, right?

“Dreamer, you stupid little dreamer
So now you put your head in your hands, oh no”

FIVE

I have to say I kept the pattern. I was and stayed HUNGRY of the what’s newn-ess. Then I explored, trying to find what was NEW in the Beatles, Mike Oldfield, Weather Report, Stravinsky, Brian Eno and Art of Noise and others.

SIX

Of course I sound like an “old fool”!

Now I hear big groups and I ask every lover : “Well, listen to me : what’s new here? Radiohead? Björk? What??”. I understood about King Crimson, and Kate Bush, but I don’t get it about Arctic Monkeys or… Drake.

Real new sounds are rare. Royksöpp. St Vincent. Who else?

Salve! Thanks for reading!

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Vincent Giarrano

The Drummer & the Pianist

I read one day the autobiography of Bill Bruford, one of the greatest drummer ever. I like him because he played in Yes and with King Crimson.

He talked about big concerts in America. He talked about this strange thing : when all is ready, when the team is ready and OK, when the group rested in the bus, when the food is good, the hotel great, the concert is a disaster.

Of course, as you can guess, when everything turns wrong : mistakes, bad or too hot weather, half of the group is sick or have fever, the concert can be a miracle.

Tonight I watched a BBC documentary about how is it to be a pianist, in classical music, and just heard an interview (in black and white) from Rubinstein, one of the greatest pianists of the XXth Century.

And I’m amazed : he said the exact same thing! He slept 10 hours, had a walk, is in a good mood, and finds no inspiration at all in the evening’s concert.

And he couldn’t sleep a single minute in the plane, is in a bad mood, argued with his wife on the phone and wants to cancel everything, and the concert is absolutely magic!

Well, it says something, but what?

Our need to be disturbed? About the paradox between we need rest and harmony, but it’s “boredoming”? What else?

Where do we find our fire?

What about this phrase : “C’est ce qui ne va pas qui va”.

This is what does not work that works

 

Thanks for reading!

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Shazam!

Heyyy what did I shazamed recently?

 

Methyl Ethel : Ubu – it climbs, the bass is cool, and it becomes messy.

 

Tove Lo : Habits – totally boring but the chorus is insanely délicieux.

 

Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin : I don’t remember why.

 

Bet My Life – Allie Moss : it’s a crescendo. And the percs…

 

Dave Matthews Band – Too Much. Because.

 

Alt-J (∆) – Taro

 

 

Donald Fagen – I.G.Y., a sound, and these modulations…

 

 

Jessye Norman – Je Te Veux. Eric Satie!

J’ai compris ta détresse

Cher amoureux

Et je cède à tes vœux

Fais de moi ta maîtresse

Loin de nous la sagesse

Plus de tristesse

J’aspire à l’instant précieux

Où nous serons heureux

Je te veux

 

 

Je n’ai pas de regrets

Et je n’ai qu’une envie

Près de toi là tout près

Vivre toute ma vie

Que ton corps soit le mien

Que ma lèvre soit tienne

Que ton coeur soit le mien

Et que toute ma chair soit tienne

J’ai compris ta détresse

Cher amoureux

Et je cède à tes vœux

Fais de moi ta maîtresse

Loin de nous la sagesse

Plus de tristesse

J’aspire à l’instant précieux

Où nous serons heureux

Je te veux

Oui je vois dans tes yeux

La divine promesse

Que ton coeur amoureux

Vient chercher ma caresse

Enlacés pour toujours

Brûlant des mêmes flammes

Dans un rêve d’amour

Nous échangerons nos deux âmes

J’ai compris ta détresse

Cher amoureux

Et je cède à tes vœux

Fais de moi ta maîtresse

Loin de nous la sagesse

Plus de tristesse

J’aspire à l’instant précieux

Où nous serons heureux

Je te veux

 

 

I understand your distress Dear lover And I yield to your wishes. Make me your mistress We are far from moderation And further yet from sadness I long only for the precious moment When we will be happy I want you

I have no regrets And only one desire Near to you, close as can be Living all my life So that your body is mine So that my lips are pressed by yours So that your heart is mine And that my body is pressed to yours

I understand your distress Dear lover And I yield to your wishes Make me your mistress We are far from moderation And further yet from sadness I long only for the precious moment When we will be happy I want you

Yes, I can see in your eyes The divine promise That your heart is in love Come find my caresses Entwined, forever Burning the same flames In a dream of love We will exchange our souls

I understand your distress Dear lover And I yield to your wishes Make me your mistress We are far from moderation And further yet from sadness I long only for the precious moment When we will be happy I want you

Mozart : “Dissonance? #holdmybeer”

Art, Music, Painting, do what you want with these, but there’s something you can watch, a dial : Art is a progress. 

One core of Art is : “What’s new here?”.

Thus, one path in music history – but not only – lead towards dissonance… Listen to Bach, then to Webern… Today it’s more complex, I agree…

One day I asked a friend : “How come a guy like Mozart never thought of wringing harmonies?”.

“Well, he DID!”, he answered.

The beginning of the Dissonance Quartet is a total shock when you discover it. It’s from the 18th Century and it sounds like Shostakovich! At least : first half of XXth Century.

I was like : “Wait what?”.

We could talk about this pattern for a few hours, right? Each important piece of Art swallows influences and digests them and builds something new, never seen, never heard. Think Picasso. Think Stravinsky!

But here it’s like a casual slapping in your face. Like an open window into 150 years in the future… with no consequence.

Now, in YOUR field, what is this? Are you skilled enough to guess?

MMmhhh. Maybe Leornardo Da Vinci tried some Pollock dripping? Who knows?

Have a great day!

 

 

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