Momentary Stillness at D. Edward Davis’s ‘instill’

A brightly colored, circular labyrinth, designed by Diana Carulli and located in New York City’s East River Park, was home to composer D. Edward Davis’s participatory sound installation, ‘instill,’ on September 21. The piece, a sounding meditation, welcomed onlookers to pace the painted pavement, soaking in the multitude of sounds around them. Continue reading Momentary Stillness at D. Edward Davis’s ‘instill’

The Art of Experimentation: Wadada Leo Smith at The Stone

Wadada Leo Smith walked out onto the fluorescent-lit stage with a stack of papers. He began to play the trumpet, muted, eyes closed. The melodies came in spurts – one burst of hyperactivity, pause, another. It was as if the phrase ideas were sporadically flying into his head. There are an infinite number of sounds and pitches the trumpet alone can make – and Smith … Continue reading The Art of Experimentation: Wadada Leo Smith at The Stone

Perception and Dissonance: The Challenge of Overcoming Genre

The unmistakable tinge of a major second was palpable. Harsh, crunching artificial noise emanated from a loosely tuned guitar. Heads bobbed and banged. The sound was note-against-note, a harmonic layout that offers more tension than it does release. Yet the audience didn’t seem to mind at all, screaming along in human articulation to the scream of amplified metal strings. The catharsis of a punk show … Continue reading Perception and Dissonance: The Challenge of Overcoming Genre

Mitski’s “Two Slow Dancers” and the Musical Depiction of Growth

TO THINK THAT WE COULD STAY THE SAME TO THINK THAT WE COULD STAY THE SAME TO THINK THAT WE COULD STAY THE SAME The silence of the morning is the only kind of silence that doesn’t suffocate you. It frees you. We talk a lot about the soundtracks of our lives: silence, alarms, trains, nature, songs, the list goes on. We talk a lot … Continue reading Mitski’s “Two Slow Dancers” and the Musical Depiction of Growth