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I am sitting in a room (sound familiar?)

Two color blocks separated by a bar of ivory black. Alongside music that seems to remove the very essence of its identity.
What is left then, two colors with no relation? Music with no meaning? Can raw colors exist without attaching meaning to them and can music thrive with no instrumentation or vocalization? When does music become noise and color, well, colorless? These thoughts pervade the listener and observer when investigating the curious work of ... read more
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CFCE 87.8 Weekly Genre: Sound Art

...Rather than travelling through this density, David orients the listener in a fixed space, allowing the sounds to come toward the listener as they morph and circle about...

Casting aside traditional methods of melody, harmony, and rhythm, experimental composers are occupied and fascinated with sounds that haven’t been mingled with traditional methods. In doing so, these creative individuals spawned entire genres resulting from the attempt to think ... read more
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CFCE 87.8 FM Weekly Genre: Free Jazz

As hard as it is to pin down the genre of free Jazz (frankly, I don’t believe it’s intended to be “pinned down”), the infamous style is surprisingly straightforward. A great deal of explanation can be found in John Coltrane’s additions to the genre.

I love free Jazz; it was the gateway that welcomed me into a sonic world of limitless possibilities and unimaginable creativity. A world so extreme that was yet so inviting. ... read more
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Field Recordings are transportive. They take the listener to the most unlikely and mundane of places only to make them wholly unique experiences. Its the result of hearing normal sounds in an unusual way that makes field recordings so particularly cathartic. Some may wonder the appeal behind them going so far as to say that those same sounds can be generated by just stepping outside your front door, but in my eyes (ears), the experience is much more than that. These recordings are, first and ... read more
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I had the opportunity to contribute to RecordRoundtable blog/podcast by @MasterCrackfox again and was lucky enough to write an article covering one period within the enormous Miles Davis canon. The Second Great Quintet. I had such a great time writing this and I hope you enjoy it!

Ingenuity and Agitation: Miles Davis and The Second Great Quintet

Oct 18, 2020
I've noticed you love Tangerine Dream, but you haven't really checked out any of Klaus Schulze's solo material. I reckon you're missing out, my friend. 'Mirage' and 'Timewind' in particular boast two of the most beautiful soundscapes I've heard!
Oct 18, 2020
Thank you. Sorry for the bombardment of questions but I have two more if you'll humor me again. Who are your favorite pianists in both the jazz and classical world and what is your opinion of Glenn Gould? I find him to be genius in his own way but I recognize his Goldberg Variations are a polarizing topic. Apologies again for my rampant questioning, I just don't have the opportunity to speak to any other insightful music appreciators.
Oct 17, 2020
It was my mistake not recognizing these tunes to be standards. That changes my perspective significantly and also explains my perception of limited tone and "dead ends." Where might I find quality compilations of his original material? And thank you for that fantastic answer!
Oct 17, 2020
Can you tell them to invite me back?
Oct 17, 2020
It didn’t work :( It only directed my to my own account...
Oct 17, 2020
I agree! Schnittke's string quartets do deserve a lot more attention on here. After seeing it on RYM, it's your high rating for it that urged me to listen to it. Other than that, you're just too kind, really <3
Oct 16, 2020
...is a true display of technical mastery. But I would love to hear some other thoughts! What is your interpretation of Art's use of tone and the quality of his broader direction and how that adds to or hinders the incredible dynamics and color he imposes in his performances?
Oct 16, 2020
What do you think of Art Tatum's improvisation? I've found myself fascinated with Art's unparalleled ability as a pianist but I'm finding a problem with the quality of his improvisation. Not playing on changes leaves his artistic freedom wide open but I feel it can become a detriment. Although his ability to produce extraordinary color is indisputable, I find that tonically and directionally there is something to be desired. Pieces like "St. Louis Blues" and "How High The Moon", as technically brilliant as they are, sacrifice tone for dynamics. These dynamics, although incredibly compelling, are assisted by much weaker tonal development. I've also noticed Art forming an idea and then falling into a dead end, recovering with the same blindingly fast scales that allow him to almost reset. For me, this lead to a feeling of fragmentation as I feel as I'm wandering around these incomplete ideas. I do absolutely love Art Tatum and "Piano Starts Here" is...
Oct 16, 2020
Also, do you have any recommendations? Thanks in advance!
Oct 16, 2020
Do you have a link to the CFCE discord? I’m pretty sure i’m a member: I’ve gone on the discord multiple times and I’m followed by the ‘official’ CFCE account.
Jacques, partaker of the musics
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