May 15, 2006

Mr. Beast and the Happy People

When you tell people that you are going to the Mogwai show, half of them say "who?!" and the other half say "wow, aren't they like really loud and heavy?". The latter statement is certainly true, though somehow Mogwai's brand of loud and heavy is unlike anything else, and is especially far removed from anything resembling metal. Maybe it's because they are from Scotland where apparently it rains all the time and is against the law to change one's clothes too often.

I have been told that often these guys actually hand out ear plugs at their shows which prompts some uninitiated people to inquire as to why they don't just turn it down rather than encourage protection. But this would defeat the whole purpose of the music; three guitars, bass and drums layering and pulsing on top of each other in such a mammoth display of power, I swear deaf people could appreciate it just as much. The music truly vibrated it's way right into your core. And that is something that doesn't happen at low volumes.

There were too many brilliant moments to recount here, but I'll leave you with this: Guitarist #3 (or#2, or#1?!) took off his bright green Adidas running jacket half way through the show only to reveal that he was wearing a Mogwai t-shirt underneath. As my lovely concert companion put it, wearing your own t-shirt on stage is probably the biggest rock band faux pas ever invented. But they did it anyway. Now that's cool!

Posted by halsey at 09:53 AM

May 11, 2006


I thought this was pretty cool.

words and voices on iTunes

Hurry! You can be the first to buy a song or two (or the whole album!) And I really need some customer reviews, so those of you who enjoy words, have at it.

Posted by halsey at 12:59 PM

May 05, 2006

to the extreme

I first heard about this piece at a performance of Cage's works at Harvard a month or so ago and thought it sounded pretty interesting.

An Organ Recital for the Very, Very Patient

The piece is called "As Slow as Possible" and Cage did not indicate anything else as to how long it should take to perform the piece. Just notes on a page with no tempo leads to somewhat of an intractable situation with the title as one can always slow down no matter how slow one is already going, right? Maybe not in today's world, but certainly in theory. Discounting hyper-speed, physics says that there is an upper limit to speed - that of the speed of light, yes? - but I'm not aware of a lower limit (zero doesn't count because you're not 'going' anymore!). How slow can you go, but still be going? Clearly I need input from a physicist as my knowledge is vastly inferior to my imagination in this situation...

Cage really is as much philosopher as musician and I find that fascinating. I can't say that I'll be headed on a pilgrimage to Halberstadt anytime in the very near future to hear the next note sound, but there is something satisfying to me about the fact that this piece is being performed and taken seriously by enough people to actually keep it going...for 639 years!

Posted by halsey at 07:28 AM | Comments (1)