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Entries from February 2012

Keyboard Music 3

February 27th, 2012 · 4 Comments

This photocopied dossier collects 49 pages of my music for keyboard.  Let me know if you want one. The pieces are: The Muscatel Suite Pay Attention Gilding the Pyrite The Guidonian Hand Applied to a Tracing of a Plaster Cast of a Yeti Footprint This Honeycomb Matrix of Atoms Known as the Material World Bill […]

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The Fun Song

February 24th, 2012 · No Comments

Michael Smith and I used to open every performance of “Doug & Mike’s Adult Entertainment” with this little ditty.  Mike was on pocket trumpet, and I played banjo uke.  We also made a karaoke tape, now included on our DVD.

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Quest For Lost Time

February 24th, 2012 · 4 Comments

Back in the early ’90s, I used to do a ventriloquism routine about alien abductions, called “Quest for Lost Time.”  The subject was then just crossing over into popular culture, due to the efforts of Strieber, Hopkins, et al.  I performed it at Caroline’s, and, most memorably, on a Martin Mull Cinemax special, where I […]

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February 21st, 2012 · No Comments

I wrote “Accompaniment,” for chamber orchestra, mostly while sitting in classrooms in high school.  It consists of a catalog of ostinati, in a march rhythm: an ambient structure that I’d never worked with before.  I played it with various combinations over the next year or so; it was always fun to hear the patterns shift. […]

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February 15th, 2012 · No Comments

They’re Roller-Sheep!  They’re here!  They’re everywhere!  They’re coming to your town!

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The Parliament of Fowls

February 15th, 2012 · 1 Comment

From 1976, a sketch for “The Parliament of Fowls,” a proposed installation in collaboration with Doug Winter.  We often discussed it, but it never went beyond a few sketches.

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Lest We Forget

February 14th, 2012 · No Comments

This little reminder appeared in the INFO Journal.

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String Quartet 3: Aretino in Solrésol

February 14th, 2012 · 1 Comment

The third string quartet consists of five of the erotic sonnets of Piero Aretino, translated into Solrésol.  (There’s a preparatory sketch here.)  In the first movement, the first four sonnets are offered simultaneously, each played by a different instrument.  The translation is isorhythmic, with one beat of rest between words, two between lines, and four […]

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The King of Ukuleleland

February 7th, 2012 · No Comments

In 2001, White Knuckle Sandwich — Jennifer Duffy (now Perez), Anne Shapiro, and myself — contributed to a program of 10-minute musicals under development at New York Theatre Workshop.  Our selection, “The King of Ukuleleland,” was inspired by the island musicals that proliferated in the early 1900s; it featured my dummy, Eddie Gray, in the […]

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We Need More Art

February 6th, 2012 · No Comments

We need more art!  I only performed this anti-art tirade once, in a performance at Dance Theater Workshop.  Maybe I’ll revive it.  

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