I had to go into work today due to some IT problems. I forgot my iPod so I streamed Live365, starting with Kyle Gann's PostClassic Radio and then Robin Cox's Iridian Radio out of Santa Barbara. Notable so far, Phil Kline's Exquisite Corpses on Iridian.
As Kyle Gann blogs today:
Whatever else it was, Downtown music was always, always, since those first bizarre concerts at Yoko Ono’s loft, an attempt to create a music in-between high and low art. Rather than superficially combine elements from classical music with those from pop and jazz (though it has certainly done that often enough too), it more often aimed at a new kind of music whose ontological status was in-between classical and jazz...
Exquisite Corpses, although presumably not improvised, has a lighter, "poppier" kind of instrumentation: clarinet, electric guitar, string bass etc -- very appealing. Thinking about Gann's comment, my tastes are some kind of timbral triangulation between rock, jazz, and classical. It's less about how the music is composed/improvised/notated than about what the sounds are and how they interact.
Laura says this piece reminds her of her interest at the intersection of klezmer and classical.
Now playing, Full Orchestra from Steve Reich's The Four Sections. Bleh. The instrumentation sounds so muddy and overwrought. Fortunately, for listeners, it's easy to switch to another Live365 preset, in this case, Music Mavericks/Crunchy, streaming The Black Angel's Death Song by Velvet Underground.