I’ve been thinking of starting a new “finds” category here on sound expanse–sites, pages, videos, resources, etc. that are mostly self-explanatory. I have a good cross-section now–a list that has been waiting and growing for some time.
This is a research project that aims to document much of the newest repertoire for solo piano as part of a Northwestern University doctoral thesis. The specific goal is the creation of a reference guide to solo piano music written by composers born since 1970.
For reasons of scope, the project is limited to American composers and those living or studying in the United States. (Maybe someone will want to do a similar project in another country in the future.) I know a lot of interesting composers who have submitted their work, and I know Jonathan Katz is approaching the project in a committed and responsible way.
The deadline for submission is February 1st, 2010. That’s soon, so if you’re interested, now is probably a good time to act on it. There’s a thorough description and FAQ section on the site.
2) Available online is an experimental music series curated by Jason Brogan called calculations. I’ll say for practical reasons that there is quite a lot of silence involved. So if you don’t hear anything on a track for some time there’s not likely a problem with either your speakers or the site. There’s some very fine work on there, often with pdfs, videos, and links to more information available. The idea of an online, curated space for experimental music is great too. I’d be really pleased to see more of them.
3) Michael Pisaro has written a long and wonderful history (also available in German) of the wandelweiser group. (Take a look through the rest of the content on erstwords as well.) I love reading about how this international collective has emerged, developed, and thrived over time.
4) I wrote over a year ago about Laurence Crane‘s Come back to the old specimen cabinet John Vigani, John Vigani, part 3. Since then, I’ve come across a video of a different performance of it by plus-minus, with the same cellist, Alex Waterman.
And here’s the link for the second video, to finish the piece.
In looking up plus-minus I found a whole treasure trove of videos and recordings I hadn’t seen or heard before, including pieces by Ablinger, Ashley, Bailie, Cardew, Crane, Harrison, Ligeti, Parkinson, Reinholdtsen, Saunders, Shlomowitz, Stockhausen, Torvund, and Trunk.
5) Phil Minton’s Feral Choir. This is brilliant. I won’t say anything more.