Continuing my exploration of web music players, now it's shuffler.fm. The site provides a slick interface for playing MP3s from music blogs, with each station organized by last.fm tag. Genres include indie, electronic, remix, alt-country, jazz, swedish, 60s, seen live, emo etc. Of course, no classical. And from the site, no heavy metal either:
Where is the Heavy Metal channel?
The blogs that we track don't talk too much about about Heavy Metal apparently. We only show the 50 more blogged genres. If you know of a good Heavy Metal blog, please tip us! But if you are a hak3r you can find out a way by looking at the urls of the channels on the home...
I'm listening to the drone channel which is playing a track from the dublab blog.
John Adams blogs about a visit with John Cage to the Soviet Union, including a local performance of a Cage work:
...Rendered by this ensemble on a violin, clarinet, trumpet, cello and double bass, and without the charm of Cage’s typically unconventional sound sources such as prepared piano, toy instruments, kitchen appliances or electronic circuitry, the piece sounded dishearteningly drab. I thought of Cornelius Cardew’s savage attack on Cage in the essay “Stockhausen Serves Imperialism,” a twisted, hurtful condemnation of what this Maoist convert felt was the vacuous uselessness of Cage’s chance-controlled aesthetic. I wondered in what state of mind Cage received performances such as the one we were hearing.
But the Russian players were utterly jazzed to be performing this piece for the famous composer himself, and they all but outdid each other with the antic athleticism of their playing.
“My Partita for oboe, bassoon, and piano,” writes the composer, “was composed in 1935 and received its first performance at a league of Composers concert on March 29th, 1936. It was among the first of my chamber-music works heard in New York, and was highly praised by Aaron Copland and Roger Sessions in the pages of Modern Music. In three tightly-organized movements, it can be considered in sonatina form.”
rdio: David Diamond Chamber Music - The Chicago Chamber Musicians