… I like paintings you can listen to, music for the deaf and drawings for the blind. I like playing with
I recently discovered
(1960, above), a High Note Warner Bros. Looney Tunes animated short directed by Chuck Jones.
In this charming film, various
musical notes set up the sheet music to get ready for a performance of The Blue Danube Waltz. However, a sole note is missing. It turns out the note (a red-faced “High Note”) is drunk upon staggering out of the sheet music to “ Little Brown Jug“, and the irritated conductor chases after him to put him back in his place so the waltz can continue as planned. Eventually, the rogue note is put back into place, but when the performance starts again, it has disappeared again, along with the rest of the sheet music. The composer then discovers that all the notes have gone into the “Little Brown Jug” to get drunk.
This film entered my head as
visual music, although it is less so than the music visualization of (1940), of which Fantasia Oskar Fischinger‘s interpretation of J. S. Bach‘s is online Toccata and Fugue in D Minor here.
Étude Op. 10, No. 3” by Chopin is world music classic #889
It became famous through numerous popular arrangements, such as the 1939 song “
Tristesse“  by Tino Rossi and Serge Gainsbourg‘s “ Lemon Incest“  (1984).
“ The Beatitudes “ by Vladimir Martynov interpreted by the Kronos Quartet as heard in the film . The Great Beauty
I woke up with this song in my head.
If you haven’t seen the film already, please do.
The locations, the music are worth the price of the admission. And your time.
“ The Beatitudes “ is world music classic #885
RIP Bobby Womack (1944 – 2014)
“Teardrops” is world music classic #884
It sits in between “
Te Caliente” and “ Techno City“.
The Music of Gounod“, a Thought Form from , by Thought Forms Annie Besant & C.W. Leadbeater
The Music of Gounod” illustrates liminality, which in a previous post I called neither fish nor fowl, something inbetween.
At the same time it illustrates something
non-existent, an impossible object, like music for the deaf or for people who are tone deaf. The aural experience has been synaesthetically translated in a visual experience.
Listen to this drawing, it seems to say.
I am reminded of the dictum by Walter Pater: “
all art constantly aspires towards the condition of music.” And of medium specificity.
sheet music you see above is one of these great moments in the history of art while no one was paying attention.
That is not quite true. People
were paying attention but afterwards everyone forgot.
ash heap of history, the memory hole, oblivion.
But … What exactly are we looking at?
The first piece of
and was first exhibited in 1884 in Paris by a man called Funeral March for the Obsequies of a Deaf Man Alphonse Allais who lived from 1854 to 1905.
The sheet music was later published in the album
, a collection of Album primo-avrilesque monochrome paintings on which I reported back in 2007 .
Milestones” by Miles Davis is the 829th entry in my top 1000 songs. There is no hierarchy in this top 1000 list. It’s like a giant mixtape you can put on shuffle.
829 songs (six years in the making; i.e. compiling) account for about fifty hours of music. When finished, the list will feature more than 58 hours of music. The average song length in my calculations is three minutes and a half.
RIP American musician and producer
Andre Lewis (1948 – 2012) . He played keyboards for The Mothers of Invention after George Duke left.
Under the pseudonym Mandré, he recorded three
space funk LPs, concealing his identity with a space helmet (which looks similar to the helmets used by Daft Punk in their “ Get Lucky” single.)
He is best-known for the “space funk” composition “
Solar Flight (Opus 1)” (above).