Martian Gardens Episode 985

Martian Gardens Episode 985
Recorded at Max’s home studio,
Amherst, Massachusetts
August 4, 2019
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Hour 1

Robert Miller: Sonata for Microtonal Piano (B. Johnston)
a. Movement I (2:44)
b. Movement II (1:18)
c. Movement III (3:56)
d. Movement IV (2:41)

Sound Forms for Piano (various composers)
New World Records/1995 (orig. LP/1976)
piano: Robert Miller; recorded at Columbia Recording Studios, New York City, composer: Ben Johnston; composition year: 1964; total time: 11:19

In memory of Ben Johnston (March 15, 1926 – July 21, 2019)

Ben Johnston: String Quartet No. 5
String Quartets Nos. 1, 5, & 10
New World Records/2011
The Kepler Quartet (violins: Sharan Leventhal, Eric Segnitz; viola: Brek Renzelman; cello: Carl Lavine); recorded at Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church, Milwaukee, July 21, 2010; composition year: 1979; time: 13:43

Ben Johnston: selections from The Tavern
a. Who says words in my mouth? (3:41)
b. A Community of Spirit (2:44)
c. A Children’s Game (6:46)

Settings of Rumi & Billie Holiday in Just Intonation
MicroFest Records/2014
voice and microtonal guitar: John Schneider; texts: Rumi; composition year: 1998; total selections time: 12:29

Kronos Quartet: Barstow (H. Partch)
Eight Hitchhikers’ Inscriptions from a Highway Railing at Barstow, California
Howl, U.S.A. (various composers)
Nonesuch Records/1996
voice: Ben Johnston; Kronos Quartet (violins: David Harrington, John Sherba; viola: Hank Dutt; cello: Jean Jeanrenaud); recorded at Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California; August 1995; composer: Harry Partch; composition year: 1941; arr. Kronos Quartet, 1994; time: 9:49

A little more about Dr. Johnston from New Music USA

Stuart Saunders Smith: In Bingham
At Sixty–Selections
11 West Records/2008
speaking voice, text: Stuart Saunders Smith; recorded at Guzzetta Hall, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, March, 2008; composition year: 1985; time: 4:43

Hour 2

Tod Dockstader: Luna Park*
musique concrète** recorded at the composer’s studio, 1961; composition year: 1961; time: 11:28
*in three movements: Slow, Fast, Slow
**sound sources: laughter, bells, generator, piano, bamboo flute, dropped marble, metal bowl, Asian bell-tree, running water, tape manipulations

Nikos Stavropoulos: Topophilia
empreintes DIGITALes/2019
(for fixed media); realized at the composer’s studio, Leeds, UK, 2016; premiered at Visiones Sonoras Festival, Morelia, Mexico; October 2016, time: 8:23

Sarah Peebles: Summer
from Tomoé (Revolving life) (version 4)
Suspended in Amber
Innova Recordings/1996
shō, mouth organ: Hiromi Yoshida; perucussion, Midi Katcontroller, noise-makers: Ikuo Kakehashi; MIDI keyboard, sampled sound, electronics, shō, noise-makers: Sarah Peebles; recorded at Shukoji, Kawasaki , Main Hall, September 25, 1993; time: 5:00

Elzbieta Sikora: L’incertitude d’été
Les Saisons (GMEB 1972 — IMEB 2002) (various artists)
IMEB-Chrysopée Électronique/2002
electroacoustic music: Elzbieta Sikora; realized at GMEB, Bourges, France, 1972; time: 10:00

George Crumb: selections from Music for a Summer Evening (Makrokosmos III) —
a. Wanderer-Fantasy (4:51)
(Calling, echoing)
b. Music of the Starry Night (11:56)
(Very slow; majestic; like a larger rhythm of nature; “Hymn for the Nativity of the Star-Child)

Complete Crumb Edition Volume 4
Bridge Records/2001
(for two amplified pianos and percussion); Quattro Mani (pianos: Susan Grace, Alison Rybak; percussion, slide whistles: John Kinzie, David Colson); recorded at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, August 2000; composition year: 1974; total selections time: 16:47

Hour 3

Ensemble Musikfabrik: The Tempest Songbook (K. Saariaho)
a. Ariel’s Hail (2:53)
b. Caliban’s Dream (2:32)
c. Miranda’s Lament (3:43)
d. Prospero’s Vision (4:30)
e. Ferdinand’s Comfort (2:07)

Edition Muiskfabrik 15 (Schleiermacher/Saariaho/Wertmüller)
Ensemble Musikfabrik (flute: Helen Bledsoe; oboe: Peter Veale; clarinet: Carl Rosman; bassoon: Alban Wesly; horn: Christine Chapman; trumpet: Marco Blaauw; trumpet: Bruce Collings; tuba: Melvyn Poore; piano: Benjamin Kobler, Ulrich Löffler; drum kit: Dirk Rothbrust; violin: Judith Haeberlin, Hannah Weirich; viola: Axel Porath; cello: Dirk Wietheger; contrabass: Florentin Ginot, Michael Tiepold), director: Emilio Pomarico; soprano: Olivia Vermeulen; baritone: Peter Schöne; recorded at Klaus-von-Bismarck, Saal, WDR funkhaus am Wallrafplatz Köln, June 20, 2010; composer: Kaija Saariaho; texts: William Shakespeare; composition years: 1992-2004; total time: 15:43

Ensemble SuperMusique: Tempest (J. Rea)
Jeux de Pistes
Ensemble SuperMusique (percussion: Isaiah Ceccerelli; violin: Guido Del Fabbro; ; flutes, saxophones: Jean Derome: electric guitar: Bernard Falaise; clarinets: Lori Freedman; voice, alto saxophone: Joane Hétu; soprano saxophone: Philippe Lauzier; cello: Jean-Christophe Lizotte; double bass: Aaron Lumley; double bass: Pierre-Yves Martel; flutes: Cléo Palacio-Quintin; trumpet: Craig Pedersen; percussion: Corrinne Réne; viola: Jean Réne; electronics: Vergil Sharkya’; electric bass; electronics: Alexander St. Onge; turntables: Martin Tétreault; trombone: Scott Thompson; baritone saxophone: Ida Toninato; violin: Joshua Zubot), conductor: Danielle Palardy Roger; Recorded at Amphithéâtre du Gesù, Montreal (concert Le Vivier — Carrefour de musiques nouvelles); April 8, 2016; composer: John Rea; composition year: 1969; time: 11:53

Malcolm Goldstein: Scuttling a space of time, slowly
Soweto Stomp
Mode Records/2016
The Ratchet Orchestra (double bass: Nicolas Caloia; violin: Joshua Zubot; violin: Guido Del Fabbro; viola: Jean Réne; clarinets: Lori Freedman; flute, alto saxophone: Jean Derome; alto saxophone: Yves Charuest; tenor saxophone: Damian Nisenson; baritone saxphone: Jason Sharp; trumpet: Elwood Epps; trombone: Scott Thomson; guitar: Chris Burns; piano: Guillaume Dostaler; drums: Isaiah Ceccerelli; percussion: Ken Doolittle), violin, director: Malcolm Goldstein; recorded at Hotel2tango, Montreal, February 2015; composition year: 2014; time: 9:47

David Gunn: Euphonicum Tangenturis
The Third Highway
Vermont Virtuosi (piano: Claire Black; clarinet: Karen Luttik; flute: Laurel Ann Maurer; bassoon: Julian Partridge); composition years: 2010, revised 2013; time: 12:56

Guy Klucevsek: Fuddle the Shux (C. Stone)*
Polka from the Fringe (various composers)
Starkland Records/1992
accordion: Guy Klucevsek; violin: Mary Rowell; recorded at Baby Monster Studios, New York City, 1990-1991; composer: Carl Stone; composition year: c. 1990; time: 3:28
*Internet versions only 

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