REPOST: Good and Evil, Ritual and Nightmare, in Sight and Sound

Unsound Festival continues in Brooklyn with the special presentation of Demdike Stare’s work “Concealed”, this will be the duo’s first take on live instrumentation.  Read more from this article.


“Concealed,” by the British electronic-music duo Demdike Stare and the filmmaker and animator Michael England, is an audiovisual project, no more or less aural than visual, about dread and dreams, what happens in the world when the conscious mind isn’t noticing.

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Commissioned by the concert organization Unsound, it had its first United States performance on Friday night at the First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn Heights, in a program called “The Long Tone,” as part of the Unsound Festival. (The festival, which originated in Krakow, Poland, is staging its fourth New York edition.) “Concealed” was Friday’s headlined event, after a short performance for electric guitar, made orchestral with digital effects, by the Polish musician Jakub Ziolek, in a project he calls Stara Rzeka, and a generous, resonant one by the composer Phill Niblock.

The fact that the music of “Concealed” — a bit dark-ambient, a bit post-techno, assisted by the live strings of the seven-piece Sinfonietta Cracovia, often guided by regular beats and arranged with ordinary harmonies, sometimes based in mysterious, decontextualized samples — finally wasn’t that nourishing seemed beside the point. It had a function. That function was to implicate you into some kind of secret, and to creep you out.

Mr. England’s film arrived in discrete chapters. One showed clouds streaking ominously in accelerated motion across a plain. One featured actors in military uniforms, goose-stepping around in shoes with curled toes, and arranging teaspoons bearing special insignia on some sort of dirt map. One featured a Butoh dancer in slow, elegant contortions. So, you know: ritual, nightmare, secret societies, good and evil, the freakiness of nature and the body.

The music was composed by Miles Whitaker and Sean Canty of Demdike Stare, with orchestration by Danny Norbury. It came with a frustrating anonymity: dense or spacious, with strings or without, these sketches often felt like semi-generic atmospheres. It was music once removed: concerned with how sound can conjure complicated emotion, but seldom settling in on the challenges and glories of sound itself.

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Mr. Niblock’s new work “Unipolar Dance” settled in on the thing itself. (Now 80, Mr. Niblock is a local hero: a composer and filmmaker and director of the Experimental Intermedia, in Chinatown, where he has been booking performances for 40 years.) To make the piece, in two movements, he had the husband-and-wife violinists Pauline Kim Harris and Conrad Harris record continuous tones, in multi-track long strokes; there was always a steady drone chord at the music’s base, with layers of detail and dissonance on top.

And during the playback of it on Friday, as recorded sound boomed through the speakers — one gigantic chord, roaring and engulfing — the string players walked the side aisles of the church, further entangling with one another’s sounds, adding more texture and harmony, and making sense of the title, which is an anagram of their first names.

Mr. Niblock showed an accompanying series of his own faded-color nature films: reflections of bright sunlight on the water of a shallow creek, close-ups of leaves rustled by wind or of water droplets on a rock, wobbling slightly but cohering through surface tension. Basically, the images expressed the same concern as the music. What was that concern? How to take in, and be astonished by, an ever-changing continuity.

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Beatlemania: Dissecting the Beatles phenomenon

The Beatles is one of the music industry’s biggest icons. Throughout their relatively short career, the band has set several world records, including more than 600 million albums sold worldwide since they exploded on the music scene in the ‘60s.

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Their immense popularity was christened “Beatlemania,” which embodies the band’s ideals and impact not only in music, but also in socio-cultural revolutions.


So, how did the Beatles become a phenomenon?


While the band’s talent and charm are already widely accepted, some critics credit the Beatle’s success to their extraordinary luck of coming precisely at the right moment in the music scene.

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John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr were just born a few years apart during an era when England still had its National Service program. During this period, the fab four found each other, devoting several years playing and practicing music together in front of adoring fans.


At the time when the band finally hit their musical ventures, the wave of post-World War II babies were already in their teens. Hence, they created a wide fan base, including in the West, during a time of economic prosperity. For their listeners, their joyous and optimistic music seemed to fit the era.


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In addition to band’s great talent and fortuitous timing, critics also regard their success to the Beatles’ gift of harmony and their unique qualities as individuals, which symbolizes unity where all opposites sing together as one.


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REPOST: Music with meaning: Local veterans shares passion for music

This article shares the power of music in inspiring and creating social awareness.


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BAKERSFIELD, CA – A local veteran is using his passion for music to raise money for other vets in Kern County.
Evan Morgan says through music and songwriting, he’s been able to express himself and the feelings he experienced when he served in Iraq nine years ago.

Morgan says those memories along with new ones, will be on his first album which is expected to be released in April.
After serving overseas, Morgan has been through a lot, including adapting to life in a wheelchair.
But, Morgan says he doesn’t want his disability to define him. Instead, he wants to leave a lasting impression through music.

Thursday afternoon, Morgan sang several songs on his new album at the American Sound Recording Studio in downtown Bakersfield.

For Morgan, it’s not just a hobby. He says writing music and performing helps him let go of the past, fighting overseas on the front lines.

But, those are also memories he sings about, hoping to help his fellow servicemen and women.

While in Iraq, both of Morgan’s legs were blown off and he lost sight in one eye during an improvised explosive blast, a time that changed his life forever.

But, Morgan says it was also a time when he turned to music and wrote his first song.

“A lot of times, a lot of these songs aren’t that new really. They’re going to be new for people who hear them but for me, I’ve had them in a notebook for years,” said Morgan.

But with his passion for music, Morgan has taken a new direction in life, hoping his songs will make a lasting impression.

“I want to make sure that I’m kind of doing something of my own, definition of my own choice. I want that to kind of be my lasting legacy, so to speak,” said Morgan.

Morgan’s album-release party will also be a fundraiser for the Wounded Heroes Fund.

The non-profit that helped him will receive a portion of the album’s proceeds.

“They’ve helped me, so many of my friends and just veterans around town, and in Kern County it seemed fitting,” continued Morgan.

And while Morgan continues to give back to his community, he hopes his songs will also make an impact just as big.
Morgan says you can follow his album progress on his Facebook page.

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How childhood training in music improves cognition

The benefits of children learning to play an instrument in their early years extend to adulthood. This is at least true for those who continue to be involved in music as adults.

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The most important skills gained in learning music are focus and the ability to discern tones through layers of sounds. It has been proven that people who have had early childhood musical training possess a wider range of auditory skills.

In a bid to determine how people respond to a variety of complex sounds, researchers at Northwestern University recorded the electrical brain waves of college students. The test facilitators found out that a group of students who claimed to have received some form of musical training during childhood fared better in picking out elements such as pitch through the complex sounds they were made to listen to.

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According to Dr. Eric Rasmussen, chair of the Early Childhood Music Department at the Peabody Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University, “There’s some good neuroscience research that children involved in music have larger growth of neural activity than people not in music training. When you’re a musician and you’re playing an instrument, you have to be using more of your brain.”

Brain images of young music students also showed developments in the networks associated to fine motor tasks and spatial intelligence.

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Music: Aiding children through the formative years

Music lovers who’ve become parents may find it worthwhile to pass their passion and admiration for the arts to their children. Teaching music appreciation to their kids is a good way to form filial bonds. They would also be supporting their children during one of the most critical phases in a person’s life for building physical, mental, emotional foundations.

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Fostering creativity, it seems, is not the only benefit of encouraging a love for music in kids. Young people who take up music lessons also develop some skills that will undoubtedly help them take on other challenges that will come later on in their lives.

For instance, learning a musical instrument trains a young person to develop good concentration. Focusing on a specific task for long periods of time hones this ability. The same concentration that children put into their music lessons can help them with the rest of their schoolwork.

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Learning an instrument also teaches patience and perseverance. Mastery is never a simple feat, but with thoroughness and grit in practicing the basics day in and day out, young children will eventually understand that anything worth something in life will require their patience and hard work.

Those who realize the value of hard work will eventually be rewarded. Those who learned this piece of wisdom through love for music are also equipped with a wonderful form of self-expression. As a parent, isn’t that a wonderful thing to bestow upon a child?

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Mark Begelman: The Man Behind Markee Music

Mark Begelman

Mark Begelman

In order to get the best music you are often going to require the best equipment and facilities and this is a point that is certainly being addressed by Mark Begelman from Markee Music. This rehearsal space and recording facility located in Deerfield Beach, Florida offers everything that a band needs, but just who is the man behind it?
Mark has been in music for over 40 years, so he does have a wealth of experience and knows exactly what all musicians, no matter the standard they are at, require to record and play the best music that they can possibly make. This knowledge has helped both him and his partner, Keith Ridenour, build a studio with equipment that can open up a wealth of opportunities to the 4000 or so musicians that have this studio as their local facility.
It is also worth noting that Mark himself has twice won the Entrepreneur of the Year award that is given by Ernst & Young and he is also an honorary member of the Rock and Roll hall of fame, so he clearly understands what he is doing and this work and knowledge is appreciated by those in the industry. His caring side, and desire to help others in the arts and music industry, is also noticeable by his own foundation, which aims to help as many children as possible to realize their talents within these twin industries. What is clear is that Mark is all about putting as much back into society and music as possible and with everything he does being touched by success, it is clear that so many people are indeed benefiting from his work.
In short, thanks to the knowledge that Mark Begelman has regarding the music industry it does mean that Markee Music is the sensible choice when it comes to searching for recording facilities or rehearsal space in this part of Florida.

Queensryche Rehearsing at Mark Begelman’s Markee Music

Queensryche and Mark Begelman At Markee Music

Queensryche and Mark Begelman At Markee Music

You have all heard of Queensryche, if you haven’t then you must have heard of the song “Silent Lucidity” .  Rehearsing at Mark Begelman’s Markee Music, Queensyche also had major hits like “Empire” and “Jet City Woman” to name a few.

Take a look at this video and see if you remember this song:

After Rehearsing at Markee Music the band came out with a new album April 23rd of this year. the new song “Cold” rocks.

Smart bands large and small know that Markee Music is the place to be. Thousands of bands rehearse at Markee Music because of the atmosphere, great rates and the fact that Mark Begelman is a well grounded guy.