As I mostly listen to music one composer at a time these days, I usually have a reasonable idea of what I am about to hear. And then today, Ecuatorial by Edgard Varèse started blaring and that first use of the theremin gave me a jolt.
Interestingly, in this interview, Leon Theremin doesn't really remember meeting Varèse, sixty years earlier.
And speaking of memory, everytime I read the word "ecuatorial," I hear in my head Patti Smith singing the phrase "ecuatorial bliss" from the classic Beneath the Southern Cross:
Here's to Edgard, Leon, and Patti for making my day memorable...
unfortunately, the last.fm clip stops before reaching bliss. and, last.fm has no clips for ecuatorial. although, the similar artists to varèse station starts off with some tame schoenberg, some radical pierre schaeffer, and then an hour of la monte young's well-tuned piano.