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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

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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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Take this Waltz / What happened in a Norwegian Wood?

Rock and Pop Music are 4/4, period. Well, most of the time.

When a group composes in 3/4 it’s a waltz, and it’s always interesting. Do they need to breathe differently, to get some air?

I don’t know why, I’m always a little proud when I hear a song and I jump : “Heyyy that’s a waltz!!”. It’s like a smile!

Beatles for the lyrics. Beach Boys for harmonies. Byrds for the surprise (it’s a 5/4 and 3/4). Golden Brown is tricky too. And I would never found Joni Mitchell’s – like floating in harmonic intelligence…

There’s a tool here…

What if your life, your creativity, your job was ALLLL in 4/4? What and how would it be to try 3/4? Take a waltz? What for? Dancing differently? Trying to find doors towards out-of-a-comfort-zone?

What if (try 7/4, haha) you tried something “which would make all of it difficult”? What for : you’re killed/bored by your skills and easiness? Try your left hand? Talk less? Oblique pictures only? Poems without any letter “e”? Tell me…

For the Pet Shop Boys song, my ear/brain system was on alert immediately : “There’s something wrong in this rhythm”. In what field would you need to do that? Sounding different…

Have a nice day!

 

 

Norwegian Wood
I once had a girl
Or should I say she once had me
She showed me her room
Isn’t it good Norwegian wood?
She asked me to stay
And she told me to sit anywhere
So I looked around
And I noticed there wasn’t a chair
I sat on a rug biding my time
Drinking her wine
We talked until two and then she said
“It’s time for bed”
She told me she worked
In the morning and started to laugh
I told her I didn’t
And crawled off to sleep in the bath
And when I awoke I was alone
This bird had flown
So I lit a fire
Isn’t it good Norwegian wood?

Wandering into Lists of Best 2017 Albums

I googled “Best 2017 Albums” and found many things. Today I wander.

 

Charlotte Gainsbourg is pretty good. Gourmet production, crescendos, gorgeous harmonic shifts. Ring a Ring o’Roses is a great song. 4

Fever Ray and her icy voice… The album looks like a disconcerting big chest, full of sharp patterns, eargasming sounds and a constant sense of drive. There’s a lack of harmony-magic though 3

Fleet Foxes gives me smiles with strange rhythms, but it’s badly produced (too much reverb, buddy) and too casual for me. Voice is boring. Harmonic colors are great, full of moving clouds and facets, and architecture surprises. 3

Girlpool places itself in a clear “indie sound”. Average, but some rare good surprises (the slippery waltz of Powerplant – oh this bass player), the stairs, squeaking risks & breaks of She Goes By).

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith like a baby Fever Ray. Harmless and insipid, but sweet. Stupid voice and funny sounds at times (To Follow & Lead). I like her good will.

Kamasi Washington, a splendid saxophonist, great to listen in your car

Kehlani got me immediately with Keep On. Irresistible! The rest is crap, sadly.

Kelela loves the sound of her own voice. It’s not good, but it’s good enough to keep me listening to the album. There’s always an element (a sound, a loop, a production idea) which makes you wonder.

Kendrick Lamar. Rap is not my cup of beer, but I really LOVED “King Kunta” in 2015 (which is perfection : the implacability of the bass, the laddered construction). Sadly I didn’t hear anything at this level today…

 

(to be continued)

 

 

In the trash :

Dead water puddles : Boring lazy, examples of “I am ecstatic about myself and I don’t work” : Björk, Future, Jay Z, Julie Byrne and Julien Baker (“I bathe in my voice and empty music”)

Stressed boring mosquitoes : Drunk, slippery and unorganized “experimentations with machines” that goes to trash pretty quickly : Arca, Jlin

Eno & U2 : a freezing creative process

Brian Eno produced a few U2’s albums. I read one day in an interview that he had to restrain these guys’ creativity : they have too many ideas, all the time, and it’s exhausting!

Therefore, as the person in charge, he sometimes has to decide a STOP.

This is what he does, then :

As each musician is recorded on his own track, the freedom is total, which leads to infinite choices. At this time of the composition, Eno decides to pre-mix what he has, freezing the whole song in stereo. Instead of having for example 12 tracks you can move, mix and change all the time, he reduces all the pack in 2 tracks, left and right. From there, nobody can touch it anymore – then he trashes the source.

He transforms, this way, the big tree of possibilities into a “this is how it is now” song.

 

Of course you see it’s a tool : what are the consequences of this? Displacing creativity? (what do they do “from this”?). Is closing inventiveness from here allow people to invent elsewhere? Another thing? When do we need, in our work, to stop inventing and move forward? Why? When do we have too many ideas? What to do? What if you remove an element?

When do you need to have a thinker in charge?

You can also read : Fecundity of Limits

Thanks for reading !

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Coding & Composing : What are your lost Kingdoms?

I call a Lost Kingdom an activity you loved in the past, and you don’t do anymore today.

For me it’s coding (I programmed a lot when I was maybe 15) and composing (from 20 to 25). Today, it’s over.

But :

  • In 1993 I had to learn HTML because I wanted to have a clean code for my http://www.maison-page.net – it was delightful, and I have to say I felt this really weird feeling to put on these old shoes. Coding is building something, with immediate tests and gratifications. It’s a little mathematics too. Logic. It puts your brain in a grid of logic, building, making tools. I love it so much! De facto, my page was and stays very fast. Sorry, no PHP or Java here…
  • Five years ago I bought a midi keyboard and began to work with GarageBand. It amazed me, gave me pleasure, and I composed maybe 20 or 30 new tracks. And I remember now… not the music, but the state I was in when I was working on them.

 

The idea of Lost Kingdoms leads me to this idea. Some activities push us in different states. You can play Lego, have a clever conversation for hours, write a poem, take your cam in the countryside, watch a mantis praying, build a cabin in your garden : it’s a “way of thinking”, and your brains knows and recognizes it. Your grow from this.

Lamenting on Kingdoms lost is useless, I agree. Go back to it. Or find new ones : learn an instrument, travel Italy, begin Chinese or horseback riding (question : why not simply “horse riding”??). Bake new cakes . Put your brain in new grids. It’s good, believe me.

 

Thanks for reading! Have a nice day!

 

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Digitalism’s Blitz & Vitalic’s Scholar Inebriation : Dance now!

Dance, today. Listen to this loud.

I wrote recently about Artificial Powerlessness. It’s when you can do better, but you don’t. You’re lazy and knacky, good to you.

But, hell, sometimes it works!!

Digitalism used here a few little tricks.

  1. The contrast between a nosy phony sound and a clear dancy rhythm (it’s at 0’30”, BAM).
  2. Listen to the bass : they do the “James Bond” John Barry trick (three halftones played in a row). It’s a little harmonic danger that Röyksopp uses all the time.
  3. At 1’23” then shup the beat off, rebuilding it until 1’58” (it’s an old knack, oui?).

 

They get more than 2 millions views thanks to a few simple ideas. Bravo!

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Vitalic and their extatic bended harmonies (pardon my French) :

 

The scholar drunkenness of this :

 

 

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