Thursday, January 17, 2008

Popcorn Superhet Reciever

Beautiful show last night at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle (Columbus & 60th). I, of course, was drawn to the show for its US premiere of RH's jonny greenwood's Popcorn Superhet Reciever. More impressive was Gavin Bryars Sinking of the Titanic (1969) which was performed under an oceanesque blue lighting display at the front of the chuch.

One of his earliest pieces, The Sinking of the Titanic (1969), is an indeterminist work which allows the performers to take a number of sound sources related to the sinking of the RMS Titanic and make them into a piece of music. The first recording of this piece appeared on Brian Eno's Obscure Records in 1975. The 1994 recording of this piece was remixed by the Aphex Twin as "Raising the Titanic" (later collected on the 26 Mixes for Cash album). [Wiki]

Popcorn Superhet Reciever (.ram)
Jonny Greenwood was hired by the BBC as its composer in residence in May 2004, a job which gave him the opportunity to compose several pieces for symphony orchestra, piano and/or Ondes Martenot: smear, Piano for Children and Popcorn Superhet Receiver. [Wiki]

And of course Jonny wasn't there...he was busy: 93 Feet East Gig

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