Friday, March 4, 2011

This time the mixtape is comprised of recordings from artists’ vinyl stashes.

Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky (1866–1944) was a Russian painter credited with painting the first modern abstract works. Kandinsky was pretty much disinterested in music that was not contemporary, composed in his time. He said that he had no appreciation for classical works, preferring unequivocally modern composition. [Tracks 01-04]

Paul Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) was an influential American painter, a pioneer in the abstract expressionist movement. He believed that jazz was "the only other really creative thing happening in this country." One could argue that his painting technique mirrored jazz improvisation. These selections were culled from Pollock's personal collection of over a hundred 78s. [Tracks 05-10]

Gary Hill (1951-) is an American artist who lives and works in Seattle, Washington. He has earned international recognition as one of the most important artists of his generation. Hill has been working with video and sound since 1973. His intermedia use of text, speech and image explore the physicality of language and our thought processes.

Gary is a personal friend. We met in Woodstock in 1974. At the time Gary and I shared a few of the same recordings in our collections, notably Bunky & Jake – the darlings of Greenwich Village – and John Cale. Gary turned me on to 20th century composers such as serial-minimalist Terry Riley. The last time I saw Gary here in Paris I asked what music he was listening to. He replied, “the late string quartets by Beethoven. They sound so modern.” [Tracks 11-14]

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01 Paul Hindemith: Pétite Musique de Chambre, Opus 2 - Quintette à Vent du Conservatoire de Luxembourg
02 Anton Berg: Concerto pour Violon, Clarinette, et Piano, Adagio (Extrait) - Karl Schlechta, Clarinette, Suzanne Kaldor, Violon, Akos Hernadi, Piano
03 Franz Schreker: Intermezzo, Opus 8 - Badische Staatskapelle, Direction Günter Neuhold
04 Anton Webern: Funf Satze, Opus 5, Prémière Mouvement - Orchestre des Solistes Européens Luxembourg, Direction Jack Martin Händler)
05 Solitude - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
06 Mahogany Hall Stomp - Louis Armstrong & His Savoy Ballroom Five
07 Central Avenue Breakdown - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra
08 I Got A Man Crazy For Me (He's Funny That Way) - Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra
09 It Had To Be You - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
10 Boogie Woogie - Count Basie & His Orchestra
11 Bump In My Groove - Bunky & Jake
12 Graham Greene - John Cale
13 In C (Excerpt) - Terry Riley
14 Beethoven: Grosse Fuge in B flat, op.133 (original Finale) - Hungarian Quartet

This mixtape by Phil Demetrion. Compiled March 3, 2011 – Paris.

Download an mp3 file set of this mixtape HERE (Click me).