As well as being invited to give a TEDTalk Lecture/Performance last week in Vancouber, I was also asked to help curate their book store for the event. Below are my book selections along with a link & a little info about each choice. Enjoy !
Formalized Music: Thought & Mathematics in Composition (Harmonologia Series, No 6) by Iannis Xenakis.
Fleeing from World War II torn Greece to become an illegal immigrant in Paris. Xanakis got a job as an engineer & architect. From there his interest in music sprung and he applied the same techniques in regards to architecture to his music compositions. With breakthrough scores shattering any pre conceived notion about music and it’s links to math.
This book is a prime collection of theories & techniques from one of the greatest avant-garde composers to have ever been.
(Jan. 26, 2014) I was walking around West Village with my girlfriend and saw a huge gathering in front of a church and camera crews across the street filming.
Then realized it was Avonte Oquendo’s funeral. It was very touching to see so many people show their respects.
The sign reads:
Avonte became all of ours when he went missing. We all worried and wondered how could this happen? And when Avonte’s remains washed up on a beach, we said 2 ourselves This can never happen again!! “Justice for Avonte”
May he rest in peace.
Thursday, November 14th 2013 -
Today, I took the familiar 1 train uptown to Lincoln Center. i say familiar because it’s a journey i’ve done numerous times since moving to New York a little under 7 years ago. The first time, if i recall correctly, was to see The Nutcracker, the second, a Puccini opera that was being screened…
Blood Orange - Time Will Tell -
Dev Hynes is easily my favorite artist. I can’t say I’ve been following him from the beginning of his career, but I started following him 2008 while he was making music as Lightspeed Champion. His show at the Bowery Ballroom that summer was my first concert in New York City. I was interning in the city then.
He has since put Lightspeed Champion on hiatus and has been making music as Blood Orange.
Blood Orange is a completely different musical style from Lightspeed Champion, but Dev manages to excel regardless of the style.
The first Blood Orange album was fantastic. I personally haven’t listened to an artist that has stayed so consistently amazing year after year. He’s not afraid to reinvent himself, and I can never get sick of his music.
His new album, Cupid Deluxe (now available on iTunes - double vinyl out next week) is stellar, and I am super excited to go to the album release party/concert this Friday.
Check out his latest video.