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This piano part and vocal melody have been rattling around in my brain for a while--finally wrote some lyrics and fleshed it out a bit.
posted by Bluebird Wine on Aug 5, 2017 - 2 comments

Largo (To A Pegasus)

For two flutes, piano and strings. The video version of the score was featured on Equestria Daily. [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog on Jul 29, 2013 - 4 comments

Meda Dau Doka (God Bless Fiji)

Skipping the next track on the album, as it was the first to be posted here, we move to the nonsense version of the Fijian national anthem--the one in English. Mr. Prescott must have thought Fiji to be a much bigger, stronger, less who-gives-a-shit-worthy nation than it really is. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Dec 17, 2011 - 0 comments

Mongol ulsyn töriin duulal (National Anthem of Mongolia)

I didn't know Ricardo Montalbán was a Mongol... [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Dec 13, 2011 - 1 comment

Kassaman (We Pledge - Algeria)

Changing gears a bit, we go to one of the more fascinating anthems to grace the album. Kassaman's lyrics were written by Algerian poet Mufdi Zakariah while imprisoned by French colonial forces. He wrote the verses on his cell walls using his own blood. They are, by nature, extremely violent, and (far as I know) may comprise the only national anthem which mentions machine guns directly. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Dec 7, 2011 - 0 comments

Blessings of the Swazi (Nkulunkulu Mnikati wetibusiso temaSwati - Swaziland)

Next from Anthemic comes a much more abstract interpretation of a much more obscure anthem, from a country many more people are prone to forget exists. It's also, probably, my personal favourite track of the whole album. I'd like to think it very deftly stomps through the full spectrum of brilliance and stupidity, at any and all times. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Dec 3, 2011 - 1 comment

Specks> Uniquify

So closes another chapter of the Gyrophonic discography. We end Step Outside with two tracks, which elide into each other. The second track begins around the 4'20" mark. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Nov 27, 2011 - 1 comment

Indeliberate

Track #3 from last night's new, pleasantly topped release, Step Outside, we move from the realm of ambient synth and effects to acoustic improv with some warm, tasty sax in the foreground. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Nov 21, 2011 - 0 comments

Patriarch

Track Nr. 1 from our new new new album, Step Outside, released tonight, 20 November 2011. We start with something a little familiar, and a little different. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Nov 20, 2011 - 0 comments

Un Poco Masada

A little bit Bang on a Can, or simply hacking away on instruments we don't play? You be the judge! [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Sep 6, 2011 - 0 comments

Plínk, Plønk, Pləŋk

A lovely string quintet (of sorts), and the second track from the 2011.06.09 session, with our friend and guest performer, Luke Furman. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Jun 29, 2011 - 1 comment

Rodrigo de Lanzòl-Borgia

What is possibly left to be said of Pope Alexander VI that hasn't already been said? Answer: Honestly, compared to the standards of secular nobility of the time, he really wasn't any worse. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Mar 4, 2011 - 0 comments

Enea Silvio Piccolomini

Pope Pius II, surprisingly, seems to have been a pretty legitimately good and interesting person; even serving as poet laureate of Austria before eventually ending up in, and finally head of, the largest organized crime syndicate in history. However, his greatest crime could be seen as being indirectly responsible for the Twilight series. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Mar 2, 2011 - 0 comments

Creepy Doll

A special reminder for all concerned, in this special time of year: Friends don't let friends self-immolate. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Oct 24, 2010 - 2 comments

2010.09.02-10: Vocal Loop

Build a loop, add some licks, and before you know it, you're groovin'. [more inside]
posted by man vs sun on Sep 7, 2010 - 1 comment

2010.08.26-03: Viola & Effects

I can't get enough electric viola. [more inside]
posted by man vs sun on Aug 31, 2010 - 0 comments

A Very Difficult Etude for Two Instruments

Another older piece I composed, in 2006. It uses a sort of minimalist, pseudo-metric modulation that, even though the tempo stays the same throughout, creates a kind of time-warpy impression. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Jul 20, 2010 - 11 comments

Gladly Transform Cold Smoky Codas

My second attempt at "composition," this bit of improvised serialism is based on the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists' Doomsday Clock [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Apr 14, 2010 - 0 comments

Conversazione Intima per Due Viole

It's been ages since last they met. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Apr 12, 2010 - 2 comments

Ven-ywit Kòd

A textural experiment in cords (not chords), where bows (not Bōs) are forbidden. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Apr 9, 2010 - 0 comments

Homemade Napalm Part II

Polystyrene + Benzene + Gasoline = ? [more inside]
posted by man vs sun on Mar 19, 2010 - 5 comments

HEIST!

The opening track from our RPM 2010 double album, Demons of Gyrophonia & the Rotatable Tremulant All-Stars. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Feb 27, 2010 - 1 comment

Étude Chronographique

Viola/Tenor sax duet, to be included in our submission to the RPM 2010 challenge. [more inside]
posted by man vs sun on Feb 21, 2010 - 5 comments

No Known Survivors

Something horrible has happened in this place. It will never be the same. Be thankful you weren't present. [more inside]
posted by man vs sun on Oct 25, 2009 - 2 comments

Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)

I'm catching up with myself, finally. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Aug 30, 2009 - 3 comments

Mnemosyne (It's autumn in the country I remember...)

A tango-influenced setting of a hundred year-old poem by Trumbull Stickney, "Mnemosyne" is the title track of our new CD, recorded by Ljova and the Kontraband (music by Ljova, sung by Inna). Mnemosyne is the Greek goddess of memory, and this is a song of nostalgy and of memories that turn color like autumn leaves yearning for rebirth with a vibrant song in the spring.... We've long been looking forward to sharing this song with you all. [more inside]
posted by barmaljova on Oct 12, 2008 - 6 comments

If I Had Wings (in Yiddish)

If I only had wings, I would fly to you... If I had chains, I would pull you to me... Just open up my heart, you'll see that it's dark and heavy with my love to you... Late last night, we wanted to capture the intimacy and quiet sparkle of this old song ... Hope it brings you a moment of peace and loveliness... [more inside]
posted by barmaljova on Dec 18, 2007 - 12 comments

Rotunda

a fun new lounge track dedicated to our friend Uli in NYC - with warm greetings from fuzzy Budapest. Enjoy!
posted by barmaljova on Oct 16, 2006 - 1 comment

Heat Me Up!

Ljova would love to see your interpretive dance of this. (Please post YouTube links!)
posted by barmaljova on Oct 13, 2006 - 4 comments

Bagel on the Malecon

A very New York-bred outlook at old-time Cuban music, recorded entirely with .. violas! This was my attempt to create asymmetrical but memorable melodies, clear textures crammed with material, and experiment with multitrack viola as a concept, an ensemble. The sound of the classic Cuban bands had all that - except the violas, that is. This track appears on my newly released CD, the VJOLA: WORLD ON FOUR STRINGS
posted by barmaljova on Jul 9, 2006 - 20 comments

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