On december 12 at the Vintage Room in The Workman’s Club, Wellington, Quay, Dublin 2.
Aoife Concannon writes:
Improvised Music Company (IMC) wrap up a year of their monthly WAX ON series with a special Christmas edition presenting the music and life stories of the iconic artists of jazz, this time focused on both the popular and obscure Christmas recordings from the jazz canon.
Join Irish Times jazz critic Cormac Larkin and his expert panel for a festive WAX ON listening party in the cosy Vintage Room, listening to some much loved Christmas jazz classics from the likes of Nat King Cole and Ella FitzGerald with panel chats about the stories behind their recordings, as well as some less expected seasonal offerings from Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Dexter Gordon and others.
Off The Staff: visualisations of classical music (digitally generated using free music notation software Muse Score and Open Score) by ‘designer, data freak and fractal nut’ Nicholas Rougeux.
Above (from top): The Four Seasons: Winter, Antonio Vivaldi; William Tell Overture, Gioachino Rossini and Flight of the Bumblebee, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
In these circular sweeps, as if laid down by the minute hand of a clock, each instrument is represented by a different colour. Each dot represents a note in the score. Pitch is indicated by the distance from the centre of the image, while the time at which the note occurs is given by the angle from the 12 o’clock position. The size of the dot indicates the duration of the note.
Rougeux (who, rather adorably, can’t read sheet music) adapts the traditional representation of scale, telling MyModernMet:
I did away with that and showed all notes in their natural position on the scale—distance from center—no matter how high (farther) or low (closer) they were. Essentially, while sheet music shows notes from different scales on the same staff, my project shows different staffs on the same scale—hence the name, Off the Staff.
From top: Bill Graham; BP Fallon; Dave Fanning; NPR‘s Bob Boilen; Lester Bangs; from left: Huw Stephens, Annie Mac, MayKay of Other Voices, and Donal Dineen
Last Friday we asked you to request a piece of music as a shout out to your favourite rock writers, jocks and other evangelists.
In fact, the specific sentence that needed filling was:
‘I would like to dedicate__________to ___________for sharing with me his/her impeccable taste and love of decent music.’
In the balance was a newly-minted voucher for twenty-five euro, redeemable at any of fourteen Golden Discs locations, including the brand-new Vinyl Lounge , upstairs in the chain’s flagship Cork location on Patrick Street.
The running was tough, but there could only be one winner…
Specific Gravity, with the clincher:
I would like to dedicate New Grass by Talk Talk to Donal Dineen for sharing with me his impeccable taste and love of decent music. Insight, foresight, more sight, the clock on the wall reads a quarter past midnight… And so would begin a few hours of nightly magic. Dineen’s shows remain the pinnacle of musical broadcasting in this country.
He just let the tracks do the talking and despite his obvious breadth and depth of knowledge, was never preachy or arch about introducing lesser known but massively talented artists from around the globe. It was like a muso mate sharing some recommendations they thought you’d like to hear.”
In other highlights:
OUCH: “I would like to dedicate Henry McCullogh by BP Fallon and David Holmes to both BP Fallon and David Holmes, for sharing with me their impeccable taste and love of decent music and this amazing tribute to a legend of Irish music. They’re two men whose recommendations have help me discover some amazing music, it was an interview with David Holmes that first made me seek out Histoire de Melody Nelson by Serge Gainsbourg, easily in my all time top ten!”
MCGENIUS: “I would like to dedicate this beer I’m supping to Bob Boilen of NPR’s All Songs Considered podcast for sharing with me his impeccable taste and love of decent music. And for introducing me to Puddles’ Pity Party and his unbelievably awesome Johnny Cash/Pink Floyd tribute.”
SCOTTSER: “I would like to dedicate Nobody’s Hero by Stiff Little Fingers to Lester Bangs for sharing with me his impeccable taste and love of decent music. “A hero is a goddamn stupid thing to have in the first place and a general block to anything you might wanna accomplish on your own.”
LIAM DELIVERANCE: “I would like to dedicate American Townland by Interference to the producers and researchers, and indeed the hosts, of Other Voices for sharing with me their impeccable taste and love of decent music. The series which has been running for fourteen years, continues to introduce music of a high quality from artists old and new, and to do so in a warm and reliable format. Great music, knowledgeable hosts, beautiful scenery and moments of pure magic.”
PAT WALSH: “I would like to dedicate Ballad of a Thin Man by Dylan to the late Bill Graham of Hot Press, for sharing his knowledge & passion for music with me & thousands of other readers.”
LIAM: “I’ll dedicate MBV’s Sometimes to Dave Fanning, whose evening Rock Show got me through secondary school and also introduced me to the likes of the Pixies, Primal Scream, REM and the Cure, way, way back in the day.”
Dublin Digital Radio spends another weekend comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable, via the medium of broadcast. A big weekend in the works, and some great new shows on demand.
DDR collective member Emily Carson writes:
Some good listening from the last week includes XXX: Proto Techno filled with songs from the 70s and 80s that have inspired techno producers near and far. The newest episode of Quiet Angry Women has even more music from women who are ‘quietly ferocious, quietly angry and lots more in between’ and there’s even more more trans-continental selecting on ‘From East Ghost to West Ghost’.
It’s been a good work for fans of decent irish hip-hop, with two big live gatherings getting releases over social media this week.
Write the shadowy enmascarado bosses from the Unscene:
Back in January we unleashed Mankyy’s ‘Character Development’ EP, a debut release perhaps most remarkable for its artistic maturity, not only on the production front but also from the assembled cast of young rappers Aswell, Jonen Dekay & Same D4Ence alongside the more grizzled vet Spekulativ Fiktion. A few weeks back we gathered for a post-release get together at Music Generation Limerick City HQ, here’s a taste of what went down. Big ups Stephen Savage on the vid!
Meanwhile, over at 2fm last week, Friday-night beatslinger Mo K. presented the second in his series of live on-air cyphers, featuring multi-man verbal throwdowns featuring Big Siyo, Ger Kellett, Nugget, Linco & Kreo Ghost. Streaming in its entirety above right now.