I can do worse/better.
Prides cover If I Could Change Your Mind by Haim and do an awesome job of it. These guys continue to impress.
Ah cool. I’m a big fan of both Cage and Beresford, and I went to see a performance of Stew doing it at King’s Place some time ago. I actually found the event really disappointing. Not because of the performances, which were all fine. But the way the event was programmed felt like someone had clocked that avant‑garde music could be sold as something to be laughed at. Maybe it wasn’t that: maybe it was just Stew’s involvement just drew in a comedy crowd. But it was definitely different to the typical music graduate / practitioner / middle-aged arts enthusiast audience that you’d get at a contemporary music concert.
As publicity for that particular gig, Stew wrote a Guardian piece on it, in which he noted that Cage accepted laughter as an appropriate response. But an appropriate response doesn’t mean the same as the appropriate response. Possibly as a consequence of that article, people who attended seemed to be making an artificial effort to laugh, which I didn’t like. Having poured over Cage’s work when I was at uni, being awed by its sheer revolutionary power, and how he’s arguably the single most influential composer of the last century, it was a bit heartbreaking to see his work cheapened. The worst part is, like I said, it wasn’t the performance: it was just the way it was pitched/received.
So sorry for the rant. Been wanting to get all that off my chest for about eighteen months and you gave me the perfect prompt.
I got an arts research grant. Which means, from next month, I’ll be a full-time musician again, on as good pay as I was on last year. Hopefully in the autumn I’ll also be taking on some undergrad teaching. (Keen to work my way up the lecturer ladder etc. etc. shameless careerist etc.)
My proposal was entitled “Composer-electronicism paradigms in the age of digital immersion: open-sourcing, integration & liveness”, but actually I intend to publish 700 academic articles on the works of Radiohead.
Ah, only just got this, but I’ll definitely iPlayer that! Thanks for bringing it to my attention! =) Take note everyone.
Excerpt from Thursday’s improv, complete with pretentious video.