A Symphony of Decay

The Triumphant Return of the New Music Section:

Basel Sinfonietta – Decasia (M. Gordon) – Filmmaker Bill Morrison took old, decayed, nearly destroyed film, and pieced it together to make a film – Decasia.  This Michael Gordon composition is the soundtrack to that film.  Like Gordon’s cello piece ‘Industry‘ this piece seems dedicated to the destruction of the group performing it.  Heavy glissando and purposefully out of tune instruments combine to create an eerie, disturbing feel that, at times, resolves into the sound of a discordant locomotive bearing down on the listener.  It’s not nice music, but it’s certainly powerful.

Random 10

  • Bloody Cape – Deftones(self-titled)
  • Homework – Dust Brothers Fight Club Soundtrack
  • Undecided – Silverchair Frogstomp
  • Aqua Dementia – MastodonLeviathan
  • Magic Doors – PortisheadThird
  • Communication Breakdown – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin I
  • Out at Sea – Heartless BastardsThe Mountain
  • Didn’t Leave Nobody but the Baby – Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, and Gillian WelchO Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack
  • So Far From Your Weapon – Dead WeatherHorehound
  • No One’s There – KornUntouchables

Cello Week – Day 4 – Michael Gordon – Industry

I’ve been listening to a lot of cello music lately, and I was considering throwing my hat in the ring for a week of guest DJing at the WGOM featuring some cello music, but then I realized I have my own website, and I could just have my own cello week. So rather than competing with the WGOM music video of the day, think of this as a complement.

Composer Michael Gordon:

I had this vision of a 100-foot cello made out of steel suspended from the sky, a cello the size of a football field, and, in the piece, the cello becomes a hugely distorted sound.

That about sums it up. The first time I listened to this, I wasn’t a huge fan, but I kept coming back to it, so I’d be interested to hear what people think of this one. The cellist in the video is Jeff Zeigler (perhaps better known as the cellist of the Kronos Quartet).

Video after the jump.

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