Tag Archives: Michael pisaro

[Archive 2.5.14 ft. Guest Hosts Wooden Cities]

The Upstate Soundscape, 2.5.14

1) Zane Merritt, “Impaled in a Glass Case”
2) Charles Ives, “General William Booth Enters into Heaven” Arranged by Ethan Hayden
3) Jeffery Stadelman, “Koral 23 and 25”
4) Lejaren Hiller, “ILLIAC Suite- Mvt. 3 Experiment 3”
5) Lejaren Hiller and John Cage, “HPSCHD”
6) Nathan Heidelberger, “Occasionally, music”
7) Nathan Heidelberger “Descriptions of the Moon”
8) Pierre Boulez, “Le Marteau sans Maitre”
9) Michael Pisaro, “Blues Fall”
10) Lukas Foss, “Paradigm, Mvt. II Recital”
11) Nathan Heidelberger, “A Refrain One keeps Playing Year after Year, Concerning the Nature of Things as They Are”
12) Bela Bartok, “Ardeliana”

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[Archive 10.16.13]

The Upstate Soundscape, 10.16.13

 

1) Eli Keszler, “Cold Pin 2” Cold Pin (PAN)

2) Hanged Up & Tony Conrad, “Gentle The Unlucky Astronomer” Transit of Venus (Constellation)

3) Harmony Rockets, The Crawling Journey of the Serpents of Starry Light- Live in New York City (Excelsior Melodies)

4) Chapels, “It Looked Different How You Described It”

5) Gruppo Di Improvisazione Nuova Consonanza, “Schema 1” Musica Su Schemi (Superior Viaduct)

6) High Aura’d, “Remain in Light” High Aura’d/Blood Bright Star 7″ split (Anti-Matter Records)

7) Miguel Prado and Michael Pisaro, “White Metal (Grey Series No. 2) (excerpt)”

8) Federico Durand, “Una Ciudad al pie de las Montanas” El idioma de las luciérnagas (Desire Path Recordings)

9) Skeleton Zoo, “Make You Love Me”

10) Huerco S. “Angel (Phase)” Colonial Patterns (Mexican Summer)

11) The Knife, “Without You My Life Would Be Boring” Shaking the Habitual (Rabid)


[Archive: 12.5.12]

The Upstate Soundscape, 12.5.12

1) Scott Walker, “Tar,” Bish Bosch (4AD)
2) Mercury Rev, “BLue and Black,” Yerself is Steam (Mint/Jungle) 1991
3) Tony Conrad and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, “Demilitariuzed Ozone,” Taking Issue (Dais)
4) Michael Pisaro, “New Orleans,” Tombstones (HEM)
5) Alfred Brown, “The Seagull: An Overture,” The Seagull: A Song Cycle (Abandoned Buildings)
6) Robert Phillips, “Shindo No Su,” Performed by  Talea Ensemble
7) Mike Parker, “Forward – The 5am Mix” Pulse Trader EP (Prologue)
7) Ay Fast, “For Shemmmm,” Nice Arps (Schematic)
8) James Ferraro, “SO N2U,” Sushi (Hippos in Tanks)
9) Believer/Law, “The Task at Hand,” Fox Hole Prayers/The Task at Hand (cae-sur-a)
10) Lee Gamble, “M25 Echo,” Diversions 1994-1996 (Pan)
11) Cinnamon Aluminum, “Forest of Leisure,” We Ate the Wrong Crab Spirit (Level 4 Activated)
12) Slowpitch, “Subtle Multipurpose,” The Upstate Soundscape Sampler, Vol. I (Wampizdat)
13) DeTrop, “Four Stages Apostasy,” Man, Woman & Beast (House of Alchemy)
14) Nite Lite, “Fire Walkers,” Megrez (Desire Path Recordings)
15) Tired Wires, “The Luthier”
16) Paper Armies, “Together”

 


[Visually Sound Sunday: Michael Pisaro’s ‘Tombstones’]

Check out this short documentary about Buffalo-born composer Michael Pisaro and and his 2012 album, Tombstones. 

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From HEM site:

Watch Michael Pisaro speak in the studio about DJ Screw and the process of composing ‘Tombstones.’ 

[vimeo:https://vimeo.com/18767812%5D

A live in-studio recording of “Fool” (based on a DJ-Screw / UGK track) follows the interview. Julia Holter, Janet Kim and Lisa Tolentino contribute vocals.

Tombstones’ was designed and hand-silkscreened by Berlin artist Adam Raymont, each ‘Tombstones’ sleeve is printed in white ink on transparent vellum. The delicate image, a cloud of smoke patterns excited by a sound wave, is printed negative and positive on the front and the back, respectively. When the two sides are aligned around the transparent vinyl, a unique, ghostly effect occurs.

Composed by Michael Pisaro

Produced by Jason Grier & Michael Pisaro
Directed by Heidi Petty

Recording: Jason Kick, @ Studio Paradiso, San Francisco
Mastering: Sounds Awful Good, Los Angeles (http://soundsawfulgood.com)
Cover Design: Adam Raymont

Vocals: Julia Holter, Janet Kim, Lisa Tolentino
Violin: Laena Myers-Ionita
Guitars: Jason Grier
Michael Pisaro
Rob Esler: Percussion
Flute: Kelly Coates
Bass: Laura Steenberge
Viola: Cassia Streb
Piano: Tashi Wada
Harmonium: Julia Holter, Tashi Wada


[Archive 09.26.12]

1) VWLS, “Tibiythm,” Broadcast in the Moss (Bad Drone Media)
2) Annie Shaw, “Side A: Howe/Wayfaring Stranger,” Shanty Awe (Old Frontiers)
3) Lucky Dragons, “Actual Reality (excerpt)”
4) Destroyer, “Archer on the Beach (Tim Hecker remix)”
5) Mensheviks, “(excerpt)” S/T (Tape Drift)
6) Swans, “Lunacy,” The Seer (Young God)
7) Mt. Eerie, “Instrumental,” Ocean Roar (P.W. Elverum & Sun)
8) Efterklang, “The Living Layer,” Piramida (4AD)
9) Michael Pisaro, “Silent Cloud ft. Julia Holter,” Tombstones (HEM)
10) Brian Ruryk, “Side B,” Toronto is a Really Weird Place
11) SlowPitch, “Untitled”
12) Damian Valles, “Drums,” Guitar and Drums (Komino)
13) Downsampling, “Dumptruck,” Playthings
14) Blake Flemming, “Time’s Up” Time’s Up (Owl Dirt)
15)  Jealousy Mountain Duo, “The Home of Easy Credit,” No. 02 (Blunoise Records)
16) All of Them Witches, “Toyotal Recall” Breathers vs. Drivers
17)  Mike Shiflet, “Asymptotes,” The Choir, The Army (Under the Spire)

[Free Music Friday: Michael Pisaro, ‘Sculpture for the Blind’]

DOWNLOAD: Michael Pisaro, “Sculpture for the Blind” 

Here is a free download from Buffalo-born guitarist/composer Michael Pisaro. “Sculpture for the Blind” comes from his 2009 album, Hearing Metal 1. Download courtesy of the Free Music Archive. 

From FMA website: “Sculpture for the Blind arranges eight layers of bowed [tam tam] sounds (which are then released) along a pattern of lengthening durations and combined with a sine tone trio, again woven into the sounds of the tam-tam.”

From Hearing Metal 1 liner notes by Michael Pisaro. Percussion performed by Greg Stuart

Pisaro bio from FMA:  Michael Pisaro (born 1961 in Buffalo, New York) is a guitarist and composer. A member of the Wandelweiser Composers Ensemble, he has composed over 80 works for a great variety of instrumental combinations, including several pieces for variable instrumentation. A particularly large category of his works are solo works, notably a series of 36 pieces (grouped into 6 longer works) for the three-year, 156-concert series organized by Carlo Inderhees at the Zionskirche in Berlin-Mitte from 1997-1999. Another solo piece, pi (1-2594), was performed in installments by the composer on 15 selected days in February 1999, in Evanston, Illinois, and in Düsseldorf in 2000-2001.

His work is frequently performed in the U.S. and in Europe, in music festivals and in many smaller venues. It has been selected twice by the ISCM jury for performance at World Music Days festivals (Copenhagen,1996; Manchester, 1998) and has also been part of festivals in Hong Kong (ICMC, 1998), Vienna (Wien Modern,1997), Aspen (1991) and Chicago (New Music Chicago, 1990, 1991). He has had extended composer residencies in Germany (Künstlerhof Schreyahn), Switzerland (Forumclaque/Baden), Israel (Miskenot Sha’ananmim), Greece (EarTalk) and in the U.S. (Birch Creek Music Festival/Wisconsin). Concert length portraits of his music have been given in Munich, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Vienna, Brussels, Curitiba (Brazil), Berlin, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Zürich, Cologne, Aarau and elsewhere.


[Archive 07.18.12: World Listening Day Special]

1) Christopher DeLaurenti, “Live at MOMA (Part 1)”
2) Solo Andata, “Carving,” Ritual (Desire Path Recordings)
3) SIGHUP, “City Distance,” City Passage (Feedback Loop)
4) Mandala Channel, “Writhing”
5) Michael Pisaro, “(excerpt),” Fields have Ears (6) (Gravity Wave)
6) Bob Ohrum, “Borderlands” Subliminal Listening (Relaxed Machinery)
7) Tired Wires, “The Archivist” ecorded during the Canada Day long weekend 2012 using mostly found sounds located around a rented lakeside cabin.
8) Martin Backes, “Dron:ing”
9) Claymation, “Down Bubble”
10) Mira Calix, “The Wolf, The Sheep, and the Door,” Skimskitta (Warp)
11) Francisco Lopez & Lawrence English, “Pattern Review by Motion”
12) Steve Heimbecker, “Sunday HSM,” Montreal Sound Matter (Pogus Producations  )
13) Asher, “Any Place Whatever” Audible Geography (Room 40)
14) Marc Behrens, “A Holiday Landscape” Audible Geography (Room 40)
*F. Murray Schafer, “Lecture on Soundscapes in Mexico City” and excerpts from Solitudes: Acoustical Environmental Sound Experiences mixed over tracks 11-14