GUITAR ICONOGRAPHY 1969

during my correspondence with a friend we were talking about music and film. Some names and subjects we shared got me in a creative mood, and i was wondering might there be a theme that would unite this all?

Yes: GUITARS, DRUGS & the YEAR 1969.
I tried my hand at some visual rhyming,

While the Beatles were still together,

Brian Wilson was clearing his situation with lots of medical support,

Peter Green experienced a bad LSD trip in Vienna and wrote the
‘Green Manalishi with the two Prong Crown’ while,

Jimi Hendrix and Brian Jones were losing control in their world of drugs,

and Elvis made his Comeback Special and Comeback Tour!

and there are people landing on the MOON too and,

and then…………

then there is Terry Riley making his new music and quietly influencing everybody

‘Music with Balls’ 1969

watch this beautiful piece of music and art here: https://archive.org/details/music-with-balls
[he never played the guitar, but let’s be fair he also never made a hitsingle!]

PS:
A young David Lynch is making his first short movies and already dreaming of ‘guitar-thrills’ ………

but that’s for another story!

And remember ‘ a bargain is a bargain, no matter what the costs’ !
[Agent Dale Cooper/ The Twin Peaks Tapes]

ELEKTRONIKA POETIKA

the name i gave some years ago to a personal project concerning electro-acoustic music.
https://soundcloud.com/elektronika-poetika

One of the songs “ELECTRIC CITY ECHO” i’m posting here today for 2 reasons: it’s a good example of the use and possibilities of LLOOPP/PPOOLL,

and it’s also the start of a new project on electro acoustic music, no computer, no software involved this time.

LLOOPP/PPOOLL Tutorial Part 1

This is my one and only software tool!
I love it and I hate it, an everlasting affair.
I call it ‘INSTANT COLLAGE’!
I used it a lot, check the electric souvenir soundcloud page!

https://soundcloud.com/electric-souvenir


I use LLOOPP/PPOOLL [by Klaus Filip a.o.] together with GLEETCHLAB [by Giorgio Sancristoforo] and SOUNDHACK [by Tom Erbe]

If you found your way here, i assume you are in need of some info on how
to get this stuff working. That’s the reason i’m posting the tutorial.

Just some background info:

Even though I’m not using LLOOPP/PPOOLL a lot at the moment [ my orientation is analogue these days ] i must say that using this software will bring you a lot, it’s a box full of surprises, new sounds, new ideas. If it was only for this purpose [to open yourself up for new musical insights] that would be enough reason to give it a try, give it time and enjoy. It will be very rewarding.

JÜRG FREY & ROBERT FRANK

today I’m posting 2 compositions: ‘met zachte beweging’ [‘gentle- movement’] dedicated to composer Jürg Frey, from whom i learned so much through his music, writings and lecturing in the last 5, 6 years, and ‘ I have come home’ which i dedicate to photographer, filmmaker Robert Frank, who showed me the acceptance of beauty no matter how beauty wishes to show herself,
or to put it in another way, the process of learning to accept.


USE HEADPHONES FOR THE BEST DETAILED LISTENING EXPERIENCE!
Listening to your iPhone or other small devices without headphones will decrease your listening experience.
A lot of the music is soft, in terms of loudness. This is an essential part of the music.

In this fragment of a recent rehearsal you can get an impression of a circular movement working.
Sijme Storm ensemble:
André Hogeslag: Electric guitar, Freeze [E.G.O.] and E-bow
Luuk de Weert: Bowed Vibraphone
Ferry van der Werff: Electric guitar, Freeze [E.G.O.] and E-bow

This composition is part of ‘EDITIE 2018/2019’ / 11 Studies for the EHX Freeze


André Hogeslag: electric guitar, freeze [E.G.O.} and E-bow

This composition is part of the forthcoming ‘Collection of sketches for Solo Guitar and EHX Freeze’

‘only a fragment carries the mark of authenticity’ [Bertold Brecht]

As of today i’ll be posting recordings from my archives. New songs or plain old songs, or just simple fragments that I recorded over time, are posted here. Some guitar, some Tascam Portastudio, some acoustic piano.
Mostly solo efforts, but also with my musical brother Luuk de Weert and
various guests and friends and even a band. Instant collage, electric chamber-music, improvisation, songs , instrumentals, r&b, gospel, chanson-electronique
From Fi to Lo-Fi to No-Fi ….

all music and lyrics by Andre Hogeslag except where noted otherwise

Today’s release contains 4 songs

“DOWN THAT ROAD BEFORE”

Recorded by the Bopshop. Ferry van der Werff: Wurlitzer e.piano and Hammond organ; Luuk de Weert: drums; Mischa Boeren: double bass; Andre Hogeslag: el. guitar and vocals.

Arranged by the Bopshop and recorded by Harold Jalving.

‘Ça ira’ [it’ll be fine]
[La ou ça ira, on sera mieux/ where it was, i shall be. J.L.Godard]

Theme song, Instrumental!
[my take on j-pop]

‘FANTASIA for piano’
i like the tradition of the 15th Century idea of the fantasia with it’s roots in the art of improvisation. It seldom follows the textbook rules of any strict form. No art, just feeling.

‘LET LOVE TAKE OVER’

acoustic guitar, vocals and lloopp/ppooll

combining the chanson tradition [singer songwriter] with the world of electro-acoustic music: chanson-electronique!

JLG Designer of Meditations

USE HEADPHONES FOR THE BEST DETAILED LISTENING EXPERIENCE!
A lot of the music is soft, in terms of loudness. This is an essential part of the music.

2Track of treated voice [FG] and organ [BG]
‘le Petit Soldat’ [Jean-Luc Godard] & Bach Choral

[use headphone for detailed listening]
electricsouvenir-recording

Silence Sequence:
‘i’m trying to hold onto my own thoughts.
What about words? Where do our words come from?
Maybe men talk incessantly, as if searching for gold..
in their quest for the truth.But instead of digging in riverbeds,
they dig deep in their thoughts. They cast aside all the worthless words.
And they end up with just one. One single golden word…silence.’
[Jean-Luc Godard ‘le Petit Soldat’]

Most people specialise in one thing, and sometimes become a genius specialist. Designing cars, writing books, making money, making films, making war, philosophise, designing chairs, making peace, composing, the list is as long as there are people specialising in one thing.

Some people specialise in 2 or 3 things, sometimes completely different things, sometimes combinations.

JLG concentrates on different design tools that will fit his meditations at hand. This is the JLG that came into my life while being a teenager. And all along he’s been giving me tools to improve myself.

What has this to do with FILM? Is JLG a filmmaker? I say, he is a designer of MEDITATIONS. But JLG has something to offer for all of us. He is a homo universalis!

sound meditation on ‘Alphaville’ [ Jean Luc Godard ]
electric guitar & Max/PPOOLL
electricsouvenir-recording

This meditation-maker will take you on an endless tour, showing you editing, graphic design, the art of color, sound-art, collage, politics, history, the art of motion design, the trailer, ….His meditations are confronting, puzzling, provoking improvisations, sometimes in the form of a movie or a documentary or a mix of both, but mostly they are essays using son+image.

Through the years I’m making my conversations with JLG, there’s always a moment in time where I feel inspired to give him some credit. Like a title! So when I was composing some music for electric guitar and the EHX FREEZE, I knew that one of them would be a ‘salut’ and indeed ‘a Godard’ turned out to be the one.

simple testrecording with an old iPhone
electric guitar & EHX Freeze
electricsouvenir-recording

‘aGodard’ = Part of a collection of Solo Pieces for Electric Guitar and EHX Freeze

MORTON FELDMAN & the Electric Guitar

christian wolff

When Morton Feldman’s electric guitar piece for Christian Wolff was stolen from Wolff’s car in 1967 [the score was actually in the guitar case that was stolen], it was considered to be lost forever. All there was left was a raw sketch, found in the late 1990’s by Jogrim Erland, but still no-one knew how the original score looked like.

However in 2008 a radio recording was discovered of Wolff playing the Feldman composition ‘The Possibility of a New Work for Electric Guitar’.

Recorded in the mid 60’s, with a very poor sound quality, it was the start of Seth Josel’s reconstruction of the score. The reconstruction of the Feldman sketch is on the left page, and the transcription of the Wolff audio-recording is on the right page.

So what to make of this? Is this the real thing? Or will it always be what it is, a reconstruction? We wanted it so badly! A piece by Feldman for our beloved instrument.

Listen for yourself! Here are three guitar players working with Seth Josel’s reconstruction of the score.

Gaku Yamada
Wiek Hijmans
Ruud Harte
A beautiful edition with lots of information, ilustrations and scores!

WORKPLACE #2

Today, while working on a transcription for electric guitar of a Telemann ‘Fantasia’ [1735], i was thinking of another transcription i once made a long time ago of a piece by Orlando Gibbons [1583-1625],

The piece i’m referring to ‘Five Part In Nomine’ was scored for Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Vibraphone and Electric Guitar. A fine instrumentation!

This may be the right moment to post a transcription i made of a panel discussion that was video taped by Other Minds in 2010. Charles Armirkhanian is discussing the 2nd String Quartet with composer Jurg Frey. You can see it here: https://archive.org/details/OMF_2010_03_04_c2_01

My transcription: ” I can tell something of the background of the piece, which is a book which I have at home, it’s an old book of the late 18th Century, which is a choral book, a book with chorals and psalms, and many years before I wrote this string quartet I was busy with these books, I copied single voices and parts in my sketchbook and made scores of these chorals, because this book is not in the usual score, it’s written first the soprano, alto and then tenor and then the bass. If you want to know how the harmonisation is then you have to make a score. And I like it very much to copy without a special focus why I’m doing that, and I combined it, this material, with other material of my work and slowly slowly it started to become a process into the direction of the String Quartet. And this process I think was the interesting thing, how can you turn a choral book into my own music, and this was a slow process. It was also a very delicate balance between pushing it forward and let it happen, and you cannot force a piece process, but if you are doing nothing you will not have a piece in the end.
So, it’s some kind of letting go for it, let it happen and to come to, yeah, slowly the piece comes into focus and after months, it was not a struggle, sometimes I stopped for weeks and then after months I thought maybe this could be a String Quartet and then it took me another 1 and a 1/2 years to elaborate all details of color, of durations and so on.
So this book is on the background, and this book doesn’t have any variation it’s just this book and it’s 80 or 90 psalms..”

What strikes me so is this important role church music, psalms and hymns and chorales still play in music. This leads me to my own fascination with church music in general. From the Ecole de Notre Dame, to Orlando Gibbons, to Claude Goudimel, [the composer to which Jurg Frey might be referring to, when he speaks of his book of chorals], Goudimel the composer of the Genevan Psalter Book, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_Goudimel], to Jurg Frey, to Morton Feldman [” if i want my music to demonstrate anything, it is that ‘nature and human nature are one. Unlike Stockhausen, i don’t feel called upon to forcefully ‘mediate’ between the two. Stockhausen believes in Hegel; i believe in God. it is as simple as that”].
[‘A life without Bach and Beethoven’ – Give my Regards to Eight Street].

I get the feeling this is a universal thing, at least in the context of western music, and it surely is of importance to me. I’m convinced that some knowledge of this subject will give you good insights of music in general.

So for now i’d like to end with the mentioning of Roscoe Holcomb, a Kentucky Mountain Music man with a strong faith.

Beautiful book/DVD/CD by John Cohen!

Listen to Roscoe singing an old Baptist song:

Black Book 2015-2019

inside the Black Book 2015-2019

system diagrams, modulair thinking, composition, notation

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