by David Rothenberg

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A collection of unreleased pieces over the last decade, music I thought should be heard. Each piece named in honor of someone who has meant something to me.

1. First Wind (for Tim Dee)

An electronic instrument made from a fragment from Tim’s film about trying to record the sound of wind, plus contralto clarinet.

2. Playing into the Machine (for Pauline Oliveros)

Pauline taught us all how to listen, and how a familiar sound can be turned into something unfamiliar. Live effects on the clarinet.

3. The Best Canaries in Paris (for François-Bernard Mâche)

Clarinet live with eight of France’s highest-ranked singing canaries.
For Messiaen’s one student who cared about birds.

4. Earworm (for Daniel Levitin)

Solo performance of Animoog on iPad, in honor of the great music psychologist.

5.  Chapter 79 The Prairie (for Scott McVay)

Read Melville aloud to really get was he’s talking about. Don’t skip the whale parts, as Scott McVay learned in school long before he discovered the structure of the song of the humpback whale. Then play bass clarinet and sperm whale sounds along.

6  Katy Didn't (for Lang Elliott)

Euler’s Virtuoso Katydid, as recorded by Lang Elliott, master of the hard-to-find natural sound. Playing the birbyné along, that’s a Lithuanian folk clarinet.

7. On the Paris Metro (for Bruno Latour)

Live computer creation on the subway, an autonomous line famously studied by Latour, the great sociologist of science and technology.

8. Construction Site Nightingales (for Dietmar Todt)

A live performance of iPad and nightingales at a building site in Aschaffenburg, in honor of the great founder of German nightingale science, who now believes it is wonderful that some people play music with them.

9. Soprano Planet (for Jo Ganter)

Saxophone and synthesizer for the Scottish artist and animator, a section cut from the soundtrack for Moving Stills which we worked on together. Track 1 is part of that piece as well.

10. Smooth Flutter (for Robin Rimbaud)

Reaktor and soprano sax in honor to the great alchemist of electronic rhythms and emotions, Scanner.

11. Selje Heartbeat (for Iva Bittova)

Norwegian overtone flute and effects for Iva Bittova, who can jump onstage and spontaneously make any sound come alive.

12. Airport Hours Waiting (for John Surman)

Contralto clarinet, soprano, and electronic Alchemy in honor of the founder of such instrumentation.

13. Another Song for the Whales (for Charlie Haden)

Made in Prague the moment I heard the great bassist had passed away, bass clarinet, humpback whales, electronics and voices from Sudan.

14. Praise All Wings (for G.I. Gurdjieff)

Thomas de Hartmann’s classic recording of a Gurdjieff hymn blended with corn crake and reed warbler, probably the very first time I ever combined bird songs and archival sounds.

cover collage of images from Whale Muse Seek,
a film by Maria Batlle, youtu.be/7fWnL1GCOvg


released December 27, 2019

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all titles published by Mysterious Mountain Music BMI


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