HAPPY BIRTHDAY JLG!

Today 3-12-2020 Jean-Luc Godard will be ninety-years young!

There is only one JLG, and we all have our own Godard. To me JLG is like
Moving Poetry. The sharpening of the mind, the dancing thoughts.
Beautiful moments, the act of creation, this designing of meditations.

go on, try it, FILM FOR THE EARS

The power of things to move us ‘MONO NO AWARE”, this process of ‘the moving’, that what ‘moves’ us, is what triggers me, haunts me, fascination, sensations?
The moving image, the movings clouds, the edit/ montage, the substance, the contrast.
It is easily found in such things like desire, passion, this raw emotion that sets the wheels in motion, but it is also found in the delicate, almost unnoticeable things that move us, like the wind in trees.
I’m a researcher of movement, the ‘mono no aware’ the power of things to move us.
And here i find support in the work of others, Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Jullien, William Burroughs, Toru Takemitsu, Jurg Frey.
There’s great beauty in this study of the ‘mono no aware’ but also great danger, because you so easily get in a state of excitement , and you are no longer studying, and perhaps loose track and get lost for some time or…….
AVALON!


DANNY CLAY

WHO IS DANNY?

here’s Danny’s website:
https://www.dclaymusic.com

NOW YOU KNOW!

Danny is a composer of very playful compositions.
Here is an example where Matt Hannafin, curator and director of ‘The
Extradition Series’ is unboxing one of Danny Clay’s ‘Box Compositions Series’ :
https://youtu.be/xZcrAnc-erk

Danny has been working with the Kronos Quartet too, here he is telling
something about the work he made for them:
https://youtu.be/9RdN38xp7Kk
and here is the Kronos Quartet enjoying the ride:
https://kronosquartet.org/kronos-makes-sounds-with-stuff/

just wanted to let you in on this, i find it very refreshing.
maybe it will inspire you or simply entertain the mind.

‘NOW IS THE TIME TO LEARN HOPE’

  • not so long ago i saw an interview with Yanis Varoufakis, a Greek economist, academic, philosopher and politician:
    https://youtu.be/wwfM3IKaZgw
    i felt inspired by his hopeful attitude towards a new economic thinking.
    Varoufakis is one of the founding members of DiEM25, you can find
    mor info here: https://diem25.org/

i felt the urge to pay attention in this post to these people who are trying to get across the idea of change, hope and fairness for the majority.

i like to dedicate this song to them.
A meditation.


1969

the MOON

and……

Terry Riley is 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
[take care of the volume, it gets real loud at times]

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 also will be part of a new project: ‘Carnet de Voyage’, but this time only hard ware [no computer/ software]. More info will follow soon.

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 a ‘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 2 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]
Instrumental from my car radio, sending a signal to the stars!

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, films for the ear, trailers, ….
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 ‘ à Godard ‘ turned out to be the one.

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

‘ à Godard ‘ = 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
Joshua Weitzel
Ruud Harte
A beautiful edition with lots of information, ilustrations and scores!