podcast #2 The Voices of Phil Minton

In this program we present selected works of British singer, trumpeter and composer Phil Minton, with a focus on his extended vocal techniques: from freely improvised abstract pieces for solo voice, unusual renditions of classical and jazz repertoire, avant-garde compositions inspired by Daniil Harms and Joseph Brodsky works to choral work based on the letters of Ho Chi Minh.
..brief teaser:

The podcast also includes our exclusive recording of Phil Minton’s only performance in the US in the past 10 years (with Axel Dörner on trumpet, C Spencer Yeh on violin+voice and Okkyung Lee on cello) and some of the personal insights from his phone interview to Extended Techniques.

Running time: 1.53 minutes

mp3 download: The Voices of Phil Minton

Playlist

1) Phil Minton and Roger Turner, “Urgent,” Ammo (1984), Phil Minton (voice), Roger Turner (percussion). Leo Records (1998, 2006) http://www.leorecords.com/

2) Phil Minton “Dough song 8,” A Doughnut in One Hand (1998), Phil Minton (voice). FMP/Free Music Production

3) Phil Minton and John Butcher, “Joyweed,” Apples of Gomorath  (1999). Phil Minton (voice), John Butcher (tenor and soprano saxophone). Grob (2002)

4) Phil Minton, John Butcher, Roger Turner, Veryan Weston, “Mouthful of Ecstasy,” Mouthful of Ecstasy (1996), Phil Minton Quartet: Phil Minton (voice), John Butcher (saxophone), Roger Turner (percussion), Veryan Weston (piano).  Victo www.victo.qc.ca

5) Simon Nabatov, “Part 2” and “Part 3,” Nature Morte (2001). Simon Nabatov Quartet: Phil Minton (voice), Frank Gratkowski (as, cl, bcl, fl), Nils Wogram (trombone), Simon Nabatov (piano) Leo Records http://www.leorecords.com/

6) Simon Nabatov, “And That’s All,” A Few Incidents (2004), Simon Nabatov Octet: Phil Minton (voice), Frank Gratkowski (as, cl, bcl, fl), Nils Wogram (trombone), Ernst Reijseger (cello), Cor Fuhler (live electronics, keyolin), Matt Penman  (bass), Michael Sarin (drums), Simon Nabatov (piano). Leo Records http://www.leorecords.com/

7) Phil Minton and Veryan Weston, “Klang Nocturne,” Ways (1987), Phil Minton (voice), Veryan Weston (piano) ITM Records

8) Phil Minton and Veryan Weston, “Evening,” Songs From a Prison Diary (1993) Cleveland Watkins, Maggie Nicols, Phil Minton, Norma Winston, “Voices from Somewhere” choir.  Leo Records http://www.leorecords.com/

9) Phil Minton and Veryan Weston, “Magnificat,”  … past (2004), Phil Minton (voice), Veryan Weston (piano). ReR Records

10) Phil Minton and Okkyung Lee, “mu jin,” Annica (2011), Phil Minton (voice), Okkyung Lee (cello). Dancing Wayang Records http://dancingwayang.com/

11) Okkyung Lee, Phil Minton, Axel Dörner, C Spencer Yeh, “Untitled” (2012), Okkyung Lee (cello), Phil Minton (voice), Axel Dörner (trumpet), C Spencer Yeh (violin and voice). Extended Techniques

axel dörner on trumpet, phil minton on voice, c spencer yeh on violin+voice, okkyung lee on cello

12) Tom Cora, The Untraceable Cigar, “Diving bell”(1996) Roof quartet: Tom Cora (cello), Phil Minton (vocals), Luc Ex (guitar), Michael Vatcher (drums). Red Note

Photos © Peter Gannushkin 2012
Intro: Erlena Dlu, “Six improvisations de la pleine lune” (2012)

Special thanks to Phil Minton, Leo Feigin, Simon Nabatov, Okkyung Lee, Peter Gannushkin, Francois Baron and Alexander Ra.

If you enjoy the music included here, please consider purchasing the recordings at the record labels sites above, or at Downtown Music Gallery.

Phil Minton in Volgograd in 1991

Phil Minton’s Feral Choir in Cologne.
A film by Pavel Borodin. Germany, 2012.

©2012 by Extended Techniques. All Rights Reserved.

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podcast #1 John Cage: A Liberator of Sound

In the first program of Extended Techniques podcast we cover contribution of John Cage to extending timber and compositional techniques: using any object to make music, development of new percussion instruments, prepared piano and electronics; invention of chance procedure and indeterminancy.

Following foreword to Silence, we talk about John Cage and his ideas in the way that exemplifies them.

John Cage – A Liberator Of Sound

on ITunes

..and 2 brief teasers:

Your hosts are Erlena Dlu and Alotro Lado

The John Cage Quintet: Lou Harrison, John Cage, Doris Dennison, Margaret Jansen, Xenia Cage

Playlist:

Running time 1.08 minutes

1. John Cage, “First Construction [in Metal]” for percussion sextet, with assistant (1939)
Amadinda Percussion Group
Hungaraton Recordings

2. John Cage, “Third Construction” (1941)
Amadinda Percussion Group
Hungaraton Recordings

3. John Cage, “BaCchanale” (1940)
William Grant
Nabore

4. John Cage, “Amores” (1943)
Amadinda Percussion Group
Hungaraton Recordings

5. John Cage, “The Perilous Night” (1944)
Margaret Leng Tan
New Albion Records

6. John Cage, “One for piano” (1987)
Stephen Drury
Mode

7. John Cage, “Cartridge music” (1962)
David Tudor, Takehisa Kosugi, Michael Pugliese, John Cage
Kew Gardens

8. John Cage, “Williams Mix” (1952)
Magnetic tape
Ellipsis Arts

9. John Cage, “Music of changes” (1951)
David Tudor
Hat Hut Records

10. John Cage, “Atlas Eclipticalis” (1961-62)
Ulrich Krieger – sopranino sax, soprano sax, alto sax
Tobias Rüger – tenor sax
Reimar Volker – alto sax, baritone sax
Kathrin Wagner – alto sax, tenor sax
Mode

11. John Cage, “Atlas Eclipticalis” (1961-62)
Friedrich Gauwerky, violoncello
Wergo

12. John Cage, “Atlas Eclipticalis” (1961-62)
The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble
Petr Kotik (conductor)
Joseph Kubera (piano)
Wergo

Also, the following works are quoted throughout the podcast:

“John Cage and David Tudor, Indeterminacy: New Aspect of Form in Instrumental and Electronic Music” (1959) Smithonian Folkways Recordings

John Cage, “Second Construction” (1940) Amadinda Percussion Group
Hungaraton Recordings

Erlena Dlu, “Six improvisations de la pleine lune” (2012)

Erlena Dlu, “Postearfest” (2011)

If you enjoy the music included here, please consider purchasing the recordings.

©2012 by Extended Techniques. All Rights Reserved.