A DIFFERENT NATURE playlist for 02/16/2009

Program name: 
A Different Nature
Air date: 
8:02--Eric Satie--Pianoless Vexations--Bethany Ryker, French Horn--www.ubu.com
8:21--Miguel Frasconi, sampled glass sounds on a Buchla Thunder midi controller--
8:40--Trudy Chan, harpsichord--
9:00--Charles Waters, saxophone; Katie Pawluk, violin--
9:16--Goddess: Tamalyn Miller, horsehair fiddle, vocals; Andy Newman, lap dulcimer; Fran Pado, vocals; lyrics by Goddess--
9:48--Randy Nordschow, G4 laptop and two Boss DD-2 pedals--

ERIC SATIE'S VEXATIONS (PIANOLESS).   Vexations was composed for piano in 1893 by Eric Satie.  It consists of a short motif repeated 840 times.  Satie wrote that "in order to play this motive 840 times consecutively to oneself, it will be useful to prepare oneself beforehand, and in utter silence, by grave immobilities" make it, according to contemporary pianist/composer "Blue" Gene Tyranny, "the first instance of the psychological state of the performer(s) being the primary, foreground content of a musical piece."

Vexations did not receive a public performance until 1963 when John Cage and several other pianists played the 840 repetitions over a period of 19 hours.

On this evening's show, excerpts from an 8-hour performance (not the full 840 repetitions which takes 19-24 hours) by a variety of musicians, none of them on piano, of a Piano-less Vexations performed at The Sculpture Center in New York City on Sunday, June 11, 2006.

Recordings of the full 8-hour performance can be found at www.ubu.com.



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