Saturday, March 29, 2014

Monuments of Musical Minimalism

Supernatural singing from the distant past:

(Marianne Faithful, then Carolyn Hester, "Once I Had a Sweetheart")

Both versions are sung to the tempo of the sough of the sea.
Each lasts for several hundred years.
Yet by a miracle of time-trance, we awaken  as had it been but a day.
Yet behold! -- out the transom --  The towers are toppled,
the fields all lie fallow,
King Alfred is dead !!!


And then this -- sounding like avant-garde Music from the Hearts of Space / Baba OReilly-style “incremental repetition” -- yet written hundreds of years ago:

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