Sunday, December 6, 2009

Reviews that start---

""It seemed like a good idea..."  usually followed by a smug thumbs-down.  however i read this review of Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid) --and i know nothin' about him-- and the description contained in the review made the "review" part seem unnecessary really.  DJ Spooky is "inspired by climate change, Vaughn Williams, and John Cage". 
his composition (sorry, multimedia creation) entitled, "Terra Nova--Sinfonia Antartica" was performed at BAM this week.  the review was sorta fun to read, and ended with a fun boost/diss:
In the end “Terra Nova” suggested a highbrow mashup of “Koyaanisqatsi,” “March of the Penguins” and “An Inconvenient Truth.” But the focus, charm and emotional efficacy of those sources were in short supply here; what remained was chilly expanse.

i fell asleep during koyaaanisqatsi (boy that philip glass sticks in your head, like for decades), march of the penguins was just too real (nature-cruel, like in Winged Migration--brutal!), and al gore's doc i was alarmed by, but also felt like social studies film.  wait! does steve smith mean "chilly expanse" was mission-accomplished for a piece that had sounds sampled (by dj spooky himself) in antartica?  maybe i should stop speed-reading.

kinda related: i just saw dennis desantis mentioned by name in a newyork mag i had lying around--holy, i knew he was famous.  his performance with GVSU ensemble at [Le] Poisson Rouge was mentioned all over the place---even on  dennis, are you vegan?  i wish i couldve gone. i never saw his dj-ing master-skillz in school.

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