Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Stats sucker...

Playlist
Fela Kuti - The Best of the Black President
Dream Theater - Breaking the Fourth Wall
Bamberger Streichquartett - Mozart and Muller
Vivaldi - Vivaldi Con Moto
Kronos Quartet - Howl, U.S.A.
Fleetwood Mac - The Best Collection
Various - A Beginner's Guide to African Funk
Fela Kuti - Afrodisiac

Again, nothing to report from the daylight hours, other than an uneventful trip to HMV which inspired me to search for more music by Peter Maxwell Davies but I found none within my price range...

Courtesy of Prog Rock Willie, the new 3CD live Dream Theater album was enjoyed...

I'm a sucker for stats...

In September, around 3.7 days worth of music (measured at an impossible 24 hrs per day) was added to the collection...

This compares very favourably with August, during which there was a bit of a download frenzy and almost nine days' worth of music was added...

In the first nine months of the year, the intake of physical discs is 65 below the same period in 2013, a fall of 17% - so, answers on a postcard please (or to the comments) as to how many discs I acquired in the first nine months of both 2013 and 2014?

First acquisition of the month was the Fela Kuti album which Brian Eno was talking about on the video I found last night, Fela Kuti's "Afrodisiac"...


Meanwhile, on telly, "Scott & Bailey" was enjoyed...

And that was about it...

Other than an attempt to plan a new trip, with Germany, France, Italy and England under consideration - nothing came of it though...

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : New music...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

African influences...

Playlist
Rheostatics - Massey Hall 3.30.07
Bach, C P E - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach 300 Years
Amsterdam Guitar Trio - Bach Chopin Debussy Faure (1)
Various Composers - Bassoon Concertos
JS Bach; J C Bach - Sonatas for Viola Da Gamba
Various Composers - Musique de la Renaissance
Brahms - The String Sextets
Haydn - Streichtrios
Scriabin - Piano Sonatas #1, 4, 5, 7 & 9
Shostakovich - Chamber Symphonies
Kronos Quartet - Winter Was Hard
Beethoven - Wilhelm Backhaus Beethoven Sonaten
Brahms - Complete Clarinet Music, Vol. 1
Dowland - Lacrimae, Or Seaven Teares
Bach, J C - Johann Christian Bach Symphonies
Fuchs - Complete String Quartets, Vol. 1
Klein - Klein 6 Cello Sonatas
Pacifica Quartet - Declarations :  Janacek Crawford Seeger Hindemith String Quartets
Schenck - Nymphs of the Rhine, Vol 2
Fela Kuti - The Best Best Of The Black President

Nine down...
Good late Summer weather today even although, technically, it's Autumn...


Nothing to report re daytime activities...

This on the way home...


Anne was out this evening with chum Theresa, so I was left to my own devices...

Dinner comprised, shall we say, not the best ever Quorn mince based concoction...

"Big Bang" was enjoyed...

My old bass amp proved just a tad too heavy for one person to put into the loft...

Classical music was enjoyed and a collection of Feta Kuli was downloaded on the recommendation of Brian Eno...

   

 ...this music is the basis of his work with Talking Heads and its influence remains even in his latest work with Karl Hyde...

On Anne's return, "Bad Education" entertained and "Scotland 2104" and "Newsnight" were watched for no other reason than they were on....

The Ebola Virus has reached America...

Not good...

Highlight of the Day : Finally discovering Fela Kuti...

Monday, September 29, 2014

Smackeroonie outlay, some planned, some not planned...

Playlist
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Morphinecodex (Short Details)
Josquin Desprez - L'Homme Armé Masses
Giustini - Sonate Da Cimbalo Di Piano E Forte
Worzischek - Worzischek Konzerte
Cadman - Piano Trio, Violin Sonata, Piano Quintet
Dowland - Lacrimae, Or Seaven Teares
Various Composers - Edition Zeitgenössische Musik Vol 4
Pedersen - A Sound Year
Feldman - Music For Cello
Scelsi - Natura Renovatur
Hindemith - Toros Can Piano
Heise - Chamber Music
Amalie Malling - Abrahamsen / Ruders / Nielsen / Pade: Piano Music
Mozart - Piano Sonata #8, 9 Variations On A Minuet by Duport (Brendel)
Various Composers - Baroque Bohemia & Beyond, Vol. 1
Various Composers - Musica Bohemica
Rubbra - The Four String Quartets
Various Composers - Music At The Court Of Mannheim
Reimann - Piano Works (Complete)
Various Composers - Konzerte der Mannheimer Shule
Tippett - Tippett: Piano Sonatas No. 1 - 3
Richter - Richter: Quatuors opus 5
Various Composers - Baroque Music From Bologna
Schenck - Nymphs of the Rhine, Vol 2
Wiener Streichtrio - Divertimenti Of The Viennese Classical Period
Various Composers - Music From The Golden Age Of Rembrandt
Zemlinsky - String Quartets 1 & 2
Mysliveček - Six Sonatas for Two Cellos and Bass
Rochberg - Symphony #5, Black Sounds, Transcendental Variations
Schenck - Nymphs of the Rhine, Vol 1
Schubert - Complete Piano Sonatas [Disc 5]
Tippett - String Quartet No 5 (The Lindsays)
Various Composers - 16th Century Music for Viols
Hartmann - Hartmann String Quartets 1&2
Dohl - Friedhelm Dohl Edition, Vol. 2 : Musik fur Klavier

Up reasonably early and to recording details of recent acquisitions from (a) the second red book of CDs I own and (b) the actual discs themselves...


...onto the much backed up Excel Spreadsheet of my music collection...


Around 11 or so, out supposedly re bike buying...

What's this arty thing?


It's the newly swept garage floor - which was tidied and stuff put into the car for the dump in preparation for incoming bikes...



...but a then discovered a flat tyre on the Cloudland Blue mobile put us somewhat behind schedule...

Rather a lot of Royal Bank of Alex Salmond Smackeroonies later, we had the car back, having, in the meantime, shopped at Tesco while it was being worked on by the nice young men...

To the dump and stuff dumped, then, to the bike shop and a bike for Anne ordered - my deal fell through however (possibly for the best)...

Back home to discover my bass amp (purchased in 1978 and last used in December at the Kilted Pig), had been left on the back step (by me it has to be admitted) while we were away...

I had obviously become distracted with the tyre problem, having "tidied" the amp from the garage, with the intention of putting it into the attic...

It has only made it to the back room thus far though and it was duly fired up and used to amplify (for the first time) my new black guitar, purchased a few months ago now...


In the evening, Anne was out to see Stephen Fry at the Festival Theatre while I, bikeless, spent some cash instead on some Gerhard Richter artefacts...





...whilst compiling and listening to my favourite classical CD purchases of the last nine months...

Almost four hours this evening listening to some quite excellent classical music...

I am a very lucky person...

In footie, if only Queens had put their 62% / 38% possession advantage to use on Saturday and beaten Cowdenbeath, they would tonight be confirmed as second in the league behind Hearts, following Hibs' valiant 3-1 thrashing of The Rangers at Castle Greyskull...

That's football...

Highlight of the Day : Finally firing up the new guitar and buying some art books...

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Coffee and creek...

Playlist
Pedersen - A Sound Year
Rheostatics - Introducing Happiness
Various - Weekly Playlists
Rheostatics - Horseshoe Tavern 11/8/94
Martin Tielli - Operation Infinite Joy

A rare event this morning as I slept late till 9 am...

Met up with fellow Creeker Stu Cobley at 11 - finding that our planned rendezvous venue didn't open till twelve...

Coffee enjoyed instead at Black Medicine Company...


Good chat, which continued down the road at Cafe Nero in Blackwell Books - I would have liked to have browsed their classical music section but a power cut put paid to that...


Back home, some late blooms in the garden...


...included a Splinterheart flower...


Some music working out/learning...

Dropped Anne off at her mum's, ready for today's 5-0 thrashing of Livingston - a worry for Queens re next week's match...

Out to my mum's for a visit...


On good form as ever - several pics were vetoed before the above was deemed acceptable to be posted here for her fans....

Back home and some music listening and some financial work before picking up the ladies from Anne's mum's - and some work on Anne's mum's pics from her recent trip to Ireland, a Chinese takeaway and, for the ladies, "Downton Abbey"... 


...while, upstairs, more listening for me...

Took Anne's mum home and back to Crispycat Towers in time to see the highlights of the Hearts match...

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : New old Rheostatics...

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The long tail...

Playlist
Various - Weekly Playlist No 39
Tangerine Dream -The Virgin Years 1977-1983
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Morphine Codex
Marketa Irglova - Anar
CPE Bach - Complete Flute Sonatas
Rihm - String Quartet No 10
Gubaidulina - String Quartet No 1

The day started well, leaving the house at 7:45 for the 45 minute walk to Helen the Podiatrist's at Roseburn...

Good weather...









Toes seen to, back out into the sun at nine...


...and a bus back, stopping off to pick up a croissant for the Exec Producer...


The walk back home...





...for breakfast...


Thereafter, the EP was off out for coffee with chum Lesley, while I listened to and worked on the new CBQ release...



...while also thinking about the design for the last three months of the year's cloudcasts - getting tired of the old TDK C120 design...



Later in the afternoon, a bike was investigated...


..while Queens were defeated 2-1 over the Forth in Cowdenbeath - disappointing but still fourth...

In the evening "Dr Who" was up to the usual standard as the story-arc was progressed - while the first part of "The Driver" was menacing...

Late on, string quartets from Rihm and Gubaidulina entertained...

Highlight of the Day : An early morning walk...

Cloudland Blue Quartet - Morphinecodex Artwork Preview...

"Morphinecodex" is the title of the new fifteen hour soundscape album from Cloudland Blue Quartet...

The release date is yet to be confirmed but it is likely to be December 2014...

Today, the front cover artwork for each of the formats of the new album is previewed here...

At present, three formats are likely - a single 74 minute disc containing a three minute "short detail" of each piece...


...a four hour 4CD set containing a ten minute "detail" of each piece...





...and the full 15 hour 25 minute collection, which will comprise 24 CDs, each containing one piece...

This full version will be a "physical only" package and is likely to include a book containing 24 paintings to accompany the release...



The digital release (likely to be only the "details" and "short details" versions) will be via Bandcamp for streaming and download....

The full length tracklist is as follows:-

Riverleaves 49:38
Munchen Musik 44:42
The Through Approach 39:36
A Summer Rain 47:35
The Pastoral Province 1:00:54
Self Portrait I 29:40

Terminal I 31:00
Terminal II 31:45
Terminal III 33:48
Overcast Morning 44:51
Terminal IV 33:16
Self Portrait II 30:33

Morphine Codex 1:00:31
Over Lake Noise 40:16
April in Bolivia 30:34
The Reinhardt Absent Overlay 23:43
The Rosenquist Event 1:05:17
Self Portrait III 27:59

Traffic Passing 1:02:04
Several Cars 17:08
Crashed Burned 29:42
The Razor Drone 24:56
The Golden Leaf 35:24
Self Portrait IV 29:34

More soon...

Weekly Playlist No 39

Welcome to the Cloudland Blue Weekly Playlist No 39...


This week's two hour cloudcast comprises a compact 21 tracks, which have entertained during the last seven days...
....during which light entered the CBQ camera thus...


Using the button over to the right, you can join over 1,000 other Mixcloud followers of these eclectic weekly musical selections...

If you're interested in knowing about any of the tracks, contact me...

Press play and away we go...



Priscilla Ahn - Diana  4:32
from "This Is Where We Are"

Marketa Irglova - Now You Know  3:45
from "Anar"

Cloudland Blue Quartet - Thinking of Me  2:44
from "Walkout" (part of the "Starlightnight" Box Set)

Tangerine Dream - Movements Of A Visionary  7:58
from "The Virgin Years: 1974-1978"

Tangerine Dream - Cloudburst Flight  7:29
from "The Virgin Years: 1977-1983"

Stefano Bollani - Alobar e Kudra  6:01
from "Joy In Spite Of Everything"

Beneath The Watchful Eyes - Letters From Zedelghem  4:38
from "We Held Our Breath Until Our Hearts Exploded"

This Will Destroy You - Invitation  4:07
from "Another Language"

The Samuel Jackson Five - Tremulous Silence  4:49
from "Denovali Swingfest 2014 Essen (Festival Sampler)"

The Bad Plus - Gold Prisms Incorporated  6:29
from "Inevitable Western"

Fauré - Piano Quintet No.1 in Dm,Op.89, Molto moderato  12:19
from "Fauré: Chamber Music"

Dave King Trucking Company - Do You Live In a Star City?  7:52
from "Adopted Highway"

Tom Griesgraber & Bert Lams - Where The Trail Divides  4:32
from "Unnamed Lands"

Snow Shards - No One Lives Anymore  7:35
from "Blind"

Mark Turner Quartet - Ethan's Line  8:01
from "Lathe Of Heaven"

King Crimson - Level Five (Live)  6:44
from "The Elements 2014 Tour Box"

The Crimson ProjeKct - Thrak (Live) 6:05
from "Live in Tokyo"

Camera - Hallraum 4:41
from "Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide"

Fehlfarben - Gerechtigkeit  5:55
from "Poem - Leonard Cohen in Deutscher Sprache"

Hammock - No Trace... No Shadow  6:25
from "The Sleepover Series Volume Two"

Cloudland Blue Quartet - The Apple of Your Eye pt 1  0:59
from "Walkout" (part of the "Starlightnight" Box Set)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Not enough space...

Playlist
Tangerine Dream - The Virgin Years 1974 - 1978
Tangerine Dream - The Virgin Years 1977 - 1983
Various - Weekly Playlist No 39

Bright and cold...


Italian lunch with chums Margaret and Christine - and so no tea...

Back home, downloading new iPhone Software was abandoned, as I couldn't get enough space on the phone...


The old software seems fine...

Later, recording this week's playlist...

Finished the day with "The Graham Norton Show" - very entertaining...

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : Nice lunch...

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Boxes of stuff I mainly already have...

Playlist
Moskus - Mestertyven
Fugitive - Mediterraneo
Die Ärzte - Das Beste Von Kurz Nach Früher Bis Jetzt
Crow'sclaw - Loudness War
King Crimson - The Elements 2014 Tour Box
Tarantula Hawk - Untitled
Fauré - Chamber Music
Beneath The Watchful Eyes - We Held Our Breath Until Our Hearts Exploded
Butler - The Division Violist
Klein - 6 Cello Sonatas
Kronis Quartet - Declarations :  Janacek Crawford Seeger Hindemith String Quartets
Musée Mécanique - From Shores of Sleep
Amsterdam Guitar Trio - Bach Chopin Debussy Faure
Priscilla Ahn - A Good Day
Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards - Distance
Hagen - Sonatas For Lute & Strings
Samo Salamon - Free Strings
Laura Jean - Laura Jean
Elgar - The World Of Elgar
Valery Gore - Idols in the Dark Heart
Various - Denovali Swingfest 2014 Essen (Festival Sampler)
Marco Machera - Dime Novels
Priscilla Ahn - This Is Where We Are
Tangerine Dream - The Virgin Years: 1974-1978
Tangerine Dream - The Virgin Years: 1977-1983
Marketa Irglova - Anar
The Crimson ProjeKCt - Live in Tokyo

A trip to Fopp at lunchtime resulted in these entering the collection...


I have the majority of the music already but believe these are slightly better mastered than the individual albums I have...


...that's what I'm telling myself anyway...

In the evening, very tired...

Anne was out with Lynn catching up on their recent holidays and I spent the evening listening to music and trying to stay awake...

highlight of the Day : The Tangs...