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Yesterday I walked into the Goodwill by my new place. Its crazy awesome selection of vinyl kicked on the following triumphant tune full blast within the walls of my cranial cathedral.

Stay tuned for lots of good stuff coming shortly. That Goodwill is gonna put me in the poor house.

Click here to download The Art of the Baroque Trumpet at 320 kbps

Tracklist

A1 3 Sonatinas For 2 Clarini

Written-By – Anon.*

2:29
A2 Sonata For Trumpet, Strings & Continu, G, 1o

Written-By – Giuseppe Torelli

8:16
A3 Sonata A 7 For 2 Trumpets, Strings & Continuo

Written-By – Petronio Franceschini

7:29
A4 Marche De Triomphe: Second Air De Trompettes

Written-By – Marc-Antoine Charpentier*

5:54
B1 Concerto A 7 Clarini Con Tympani

Written-By – Johann Ernst Altenburg

5:05
B2 Concerto A 8 For Trumpet, Strings & Continuo

Written-By – Johann Friedrich Fasch

6:30
B3a 3 Fanfares For Trumpets & Timpani

Written-By – Anon.*

3:00
B3b Chorale Aud Meines Herzensgrunde

Written-By – Johann Ernst Altenburg

1:10
B4 Suite In D For Trumpet, Strings & Continuo

Written-By – George Frideric Handel*

7:56

My Technics SL-10’s currently on an aeroplane out here to the Wild Wild West, which means the records I purchased last week at Amoeba Records will have to gather dust in the corner just a bit longer. Luckily, I dug up this gem from a nearly-forgotten ripping bender I did sometime last year.

The 9th is truly a work of genius. Prominent historians have noted that Einstein, after seeing his first performance of the 9th, exclaimed, “Damn son, you ain’t playin’. My boi Beethoven’s reppin’ the Fatherland for real!” If you let your guard down let the deaf German storm your upper story he’ll take you places. Not the grocery store or prom, but places.

Stuart Y. McDougal describes the listening experience best in his screwed up classic A Clockwork Orange.

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Did you know that this is the composition that killed Michael Jackson? I mean, of course, long before he was Michael Jackson. Before Michael Jackson was Michael Jackson he was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Don’t believe me? Check out this list of irrefutable evidence set forth by “Ciarra” on the hard-hitting news site Lipstick Alley:

  • Both were born the seventh child in a very musical family.
  • Both later fell out with their father and went their own way. Mozart’s ambivalent attitude towards his father continued to dominate his private and professional life as an adult.
  • Despite periods of great financial success, both were prone to extravagant over-spending and later struggled with debt.
  • Both maintained a child-like personality in adulthood.
  • Both enjoyed dressing flamboyantly and keeping a variety of pets.

That’s right, a variety of pets. Only the yet-to-be-born spirit of the King of Pop’s influence could have convinced Mozert to maintain a variety of pets. He probably had iguanas he brought to 18th century pubs in an unsuccessful bid to get laid. Maybe even a ferret…a really stinky one he found in a Hungarian cornfield. He most definitely had a face-eating chimp.

Mozart and his pet chimp Bubbles

Need more proof? The ULTIMATE proof?

“I’ve done a geometrical comparison between Mozart’s death mask and MJ. Aside from Michael’s reshaped nose and eyebrows, the facial geometry looks identical. I promise you this doesn’t work so neatly with, say, MJ and Beethoven!
(Or, for that matter, with the faces of Mozart and, let’s say, John Lennon.)” – Ciarra

You cannot fake facial geometry results. Can, not.

Brothers from a different century's mother.

>>>Click here to download the masterpiece that Mozart, in a personal letter to his librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, referred to as his very own “funeral song” in grave anticipation at his suspicious death at the age of 35.

Also, a scene from the film Amadeus, which portrays Wolfie composing his deathbed requiem opposite his supposed musicali mortali enemi.

The album cover was altered to say Wendy after Carlos underwent sex reassignment surgery. Note that cartoon Carlos is still male.

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There are a lot of tasty fun facts about Walter Carlos. First off, he was the she that composed the Clockwork Orange soundtrack. The second is that Walter, later Wendy, is the only Father and Mother of Electronic Music. However, the most mysterious tid bit that stuck out in the hard-hitting Wikipedia article about Carlos was two curious words: Faraday Cage.

"Scientist" in a tiny, tiny Faraday Cage.

Scientific pursuits for the benefit of mankind.

A Faraday Cage is a special room that’s typically used to protect electronic devices such as industrial computer equipment from outside sources of electronic interence like lightning strikes or power surges. The Faraday Cage comes in handy for NASA when maintaining Tom Hanks’ neuronet processor during his bi-annual checkup. And, as the previous photo illustrates, it’s critical for protecting fedora-donning dumb dumbs from homemade tesla coils.

As any audiophile will tell you, the foundation of solid sound is clean electricity. Improper grounding and interference from appliances sucking your Jiggawatts can really throw a monkeybone into gears of the best-planned stereo system.

One of my apartments in Clifton during my college days had ungrounded outlets. This really played havoc on my home theater’s subwoofer by causing the most terrible buzzthumping. The only remedy was continually lassoing the connective cable around my apartment until it meshed with the friendly electromagnetic frequency of the day. Or something like that.

Getty Images just spit in your mom's hair. Pictured is Walter pre-op.

On her website Carlos’ explains how her NYC neighbor’s mood lighting would mess with her home studio recordings:

Oh, yes, those are the remote controls for the various tape machines that you see on the far left, and just above, on the meter housing for the console, is a pair of Phase Linear Autocorrelators. These were a pretty decent single ended noise reduction devices that we had to use during the late 70’s due to power buzzes that came from the light dimmers in the brownstone next door (not amusing). I’d nearly forgotten about that nightmare, since (as I just mentioned) the console is now immune to such things, and the new studio, in being a genuine Faraday Cage (conductive walls, ceiling and floor, tied to common ground) is truly free from essentially all external signal contaminants. 

Carlos' Frankensteinian Sound Cruncher

Just imagine Wendy flipping her shit as she went through countless wires trying to figure out which one was the harbinger of the dreaded analog buzz. However, she couldn’t freak out too hard because violent convulsions might, ahem, rip out the stiches that kept her womanhood roaring.

So basically Carlos was and is a mad scientist. She still toils her hours away by torturing electronic equipment into screaming the desired tone in her gigantic, eletronically-inert box. But we shouldn’t fear her for, as you will see after listening to By Request, the ends justify the end. And that’s always what’s most important…right?

Wendy Carlos: The Original Rebuilt Tranny

Wendy Carlos: The Original Rebuilt Tranny

Click here to download By Request at 320 kbps

Tracklist

A1 Three Dances From “Nutcracker Suite” 5:20
A2 Dialogues For Piano And 2 Loudspeakers 4:00
A3 Episodes For Piano And Electronic Sound 5:50
A4 Geodesic Dance (Electronic Etude) 3:21
A5 Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 In F Major 5:50
B1 “Little” Fugue In G Minor 3:44
B2 What’s New, Pussycat? 2:05
B3 Eleanor Rigby 2:06
B4 Wedding March 1:12
B5 Pompous Circumstances 12:00

 

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After the Space Jazz post I figured everyone needed an antidote for music poisoning. So, feast upon the awesome glory of Bach’s genius spewed forth from a massive collection of pipes. And don’t go thinking, “Organs are only for church. I hate church. How am I supposed to get drunk on that little thimble of wine. God, this is retarded.” Just don’t because you’re wrong and that’s final.

E. Power Biggs, yes that is his real name, and his Flentrop Organ will make you weep with joy and blow your face off–at the same time.

Side Note: If you’re a Cincinnati local you have to check out the symphonic concert organ series at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. There are almost 4,000 organ pipes hidden within the old ticket booths in the big domed rotunda. Why does it need so many pipes? Well, the 1929 E.M. Skinner Symphonic Concert Organ, which is wheeled into the center of the dome, is able to reproduce the sounds present in a full orchestra. Brass, strings, woodwinds, double woodwinds, superbrass, sonic booms…they’re all present. So basically one guy has complete control over an entire symphony and it’s really quite absurd. Plus when the organist hits the low notes the windows at the front of the dome rattle like hell. It’s like a baby earthquake. You can find more info and a schedule here.

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 You’ll probably recognize this video as the theme from The Phantom of the Opera. Just put that stupid mask out of your head and absorb this song’s demonic splendor. It goes up, down, around and even a little bit inside. Listening to it’s exhausting…imagining the difficulty of playing the damn thing’s truly mindblowing. Don’t even get me started on analyzing the mind that produced it. Jesus. Jesus? Jesus$

Update: The following features a different recording of Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (the one off the album is about 2 billion times better) but this does a good job of visualizing the ridiculous fingerwork/fancyfootwerk involved in the piece. Enjoy.

Oh yeah, and this.

 Flentrop Organ Specifications

HOOFDWERK (Hauptwerk)

Prestant – 8′

Roerfluit – 8′

Octaaf – 4′

Speelfluit – 4′

Nasard – 2-2/3′

Vlakfluit – 2′

Terts – 1-3/5′

Mixtuur – IV Rks

RUGPOSITIEF (Positiv)

Holpijp – 8′

Prestant – 4′

Roerfluit – 4′

Gemshoorn – 2′

Quint – 1-1/3′

Mixtuur – II Rks

Kromhoorn – 8′

BORSTWERK (Brustwerk)

Zingend

Gedekt – 8′

Koppelfluit – 4′

Prestant – 2′

Sifflet – 1′

Cymbel – 1 Rk

PEDAAL (Pedal)

Bourdon – 16′

Prestant – 8′

Gedekt – 8′

Fluit – 4′

Mixtuur – III Rks

Fagot – 16′

Trompet – 8′