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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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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.

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

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

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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′

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This is the album that shepherded me into the rolling knolls of Vinyl Hunters Valley. This is because it causes the most mysterious synaptic firings within my squishy grey matter. Makes my temples swell with a pleasing uneasiness. Causes mysterious pockets within my loins to quake and flutter.

It’s my HEAD, Schwartz, it’s MY HEAD!

OK, so basically I have no idea what it does to me but I’m certain it transmits some sort of ultrasonic frequency that says, “GO ON EBAY AND BUY A TURNTABLE RIGHT NOW. NOT LATER, NOW. TURN OFF COPS, YOU’VE SEEN THIS EPISODE, GUY, BUY ONE NOW.” So I did and never looked back.

Despite the fact that I love, love, love this album I’ve been avoiding reviewing it here because it’s difficult to capture the essence with letters. Most stereoponies love to saddle the “Trip Hop” label onto this album but that does it no justice whatsoever. That term conjures the visions of hippies listening to hip hop, smoking a big J and spouting, “whoa man this rap groove is, like, so trippy. It’s totally gnarring my buzz, man.” While this album will most likely multiply and sassify marijuana-induced intoxication it’s so unfair to tie it to pot culture. Endtroducing would never, EVER get caught dead in patchwork corduroy pants.

Our youth are under attack.

Other bucking vinylbroncos like to describe  the album by mentioning Endtroducing’s ingredients: hip hop, jazz, psychedelia, movie dialogue, television show trialogue, percussion samples etc. However none of these phonocowboys can ever really capture this wild one.  True, you get a flavor of each along the winding train ride through British Columbia that is Endtroducing but it’s so much more than bits and pieces. It’s like describing your favorite pizza to a friend and saying, “Yeah man I had this awesome food today it was, like, a bit of tomato, flour, a touch of salt and some, like, I think cheese.” Those ingredients are all fine and good but separately they wouldn’t do an Adriatico’s Bearcat Pizza justice just like calling this album a fusion of genres is a crime. The sum is much greater than the parts.

I think, maybe, this album is like watching the most beautiful little bubble you ever saw. You can watch it dance on the wings of an invisible wind but as soon as you try to capture the damn thing in your hands it’s gone. You’ve taken your dirty little paws and ruined such a magical, delicate thing. You should be ashamed of yourself. We were all having such a wonderful time watching that little orb. Next time chill out, stop trying to bottle it up and just behold its angelic splendor while the gettin’s good.

“From listening to records I just knew what to do…mainly I taught myself. And you know I did pretty well…there were a few mistakes that I have just recently cleared up. I’d just like to continue to be able to express myself as best as I can. I feel like I have a lot of work to do still. I’m a student of the drums and I’m also a teacher of the drums too. And I would like to be able to continue to let what is inside of me, which comes from all of the music that I hear, I’d like for that to come out, and it’s like it’s not really me…the music’s coming through me.”

What’s truly incredible about Endtroducing is how it was composed. You have to remember that this was created in 1996 and if anyone even had a laptop it could maybe hold a gigabyte of files, if you were lucky and rich. In addition, music manipulation software like AudioMulch or Adobe Audition hadn’t been invented yet. So, Shadow had to use an Akai MPC-60 music sampler/beat machine to cut, splice, and melt his tracks together. If you then take into consideration exactly how much trial and error of listening to thousands of big vinyl discs it took to find the necessary sounds for the album it becomes evident that either a miracle was performed in the making of Endtroducing or Shadow’s some sort of DJ genius. I prefer to believe the latter, especially after taking watching the following video.

So if you haven’t heard this album, regardless of what music you’re into, you need to get in the boat and get your float on. If you’re a fan you can always use a higher quality rip. And, if you really want to get deep, pick up the vinyl and take a voyage into the continental divide…of your mind!!!!

Click here to download Endtroducing

Tracklist

A1 Best Foot Forward 0:49
A2 Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt 6:40
A3 The Number Song 4:40
B1.a Changeling 7:51
B1.b **Transmission 1
B2 Stem/Long Stem 9:21
C1.a **Transmission 2
C1.b Mutual Slump 4:02
C2 Organ Donor 1:57
C3 Why Hip Hop Sucks In ’96 0:43
C4 Midnight In A Perfect World 4:57
D1 Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain 9:23
D2.a What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 1 – Blue Sky Revisit) 7:28
D2.b **Transmission 3

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This album consists of songs that weren’t actually in the movie but rather “inspired” by it. I have a feeling that these tracks were considered for the original score but Kubrick didn’t have quite enough room. It’s a shame because the songs in Vol. 2 are quite good. So, you can consider this collection an excellent supplementary B-Side set to the original, if you so desire. I have to admit I prefer Vol. 2 to the original because the songs have a darker, deep space feel. More insane warp tunnel/Spacebaby, less space station/moon base.

Click here to download Vol. 2 to MP3

Tracks with descriptions from album cover:

 1. Richard Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra

This selection composted by Richard Strauss is heard at the opening of the motion picture “2001: A Space Odyssey” Karl Böhm conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

2. Leo Delibes – Coppélia

(This) was composed by Leo Delibes and conducted by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. As in the film. Mr. von Karajan’s performance conveys the feeling of the graceful rocket ships speeding through space.

3. György Ligeti – Lontano

Ligeti’s contribution to the music in “2001:” was very important. This selection, which does not appear in the film, was conducted by Ernest Bour and the Südwestfunk Orchestra.

4. Anton Webern – Entflieht Auf Leichten Kähnen

Written by one of the innovators of modern music with words by Stefan George. It is performed by Clytus Gottwald and the Stuttgart Schola Cantorum, who performances also appeared in the motion picture.

5. Richard Strauss – Waltzes From Der Rosenkavalier

Karl Böhm conducts the Berlin Philharmonic. Again, spacious music for outer space.

6. Richard Strauss – Thus Sprach Zarathustra (Part 2)

Additional exciting music from Richard Strauss symphonic poem from the original recording by Karl Böhm and the Berlin Philharmonic.

7. György Ligeti – Volumina

Performed by organist Karl-Erik Welin. This impressive Ligeti music give the feeling of rushing through space.

8. Aram Khachaturian – Berceuse

From Khachaturian’s “Gayne Ballet Suite.” This was conducted by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky and the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra. Both the conductor and the composer were well represented in the motion picture.

9. György Ligeti – Requiem

This is another part of Ligeti’s Requiem,” a portion of which appeared in the original film. This, however, is performed by the Hessian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Gielen.

10. Charles Gounod – Margarethe

Charles Gounod’s music by the Radio-Symphony orchestra of Berlin and conducted by Ferenc Fricsay, also gives impressions of graceful objects speeding through space to the accompaniment of graceful music.

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Here’s two video previews of lighter songs with the full album for download below.  Take a moment to check the vids out (they’re only about a minute apiece.) The longer songs get pretty far out with the composition and effects Tomita uses.  I really can’t get enough of early Moog electronic music…especially pieces with a quirky Japanese twist.

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Tracklist

A1 Promenade 1:30
A2 The Gnome 3:12
A3 Promenade 1:02
A4 The Old Castle 5:18
A5 Promenade 0:34
A6 Tuileries 0:55
A7 Bydlo 3:17
A8 Promenade 1:00
A9 Ballet Of The Chicks In Their Shells 1:05
B1 The Two Jews 3:04
B2 Limoges/ Catacombs 3:56
B3 Cum Mortuis In Lingua Mortua 2:06
B4 Baba Yaga (Hut On Fowls’ Legs) 3:50
B5 Great Gate Of Kiev 6:14

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This is for everyone that’s been watching Ken Burns’ ongoing 12-hour documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” this week on PBS.   Included in this MP3 are the following excerpts from a 1967 Pops Festival performance by Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops:

-Painted Desert

-On The Trail

Alfred Kfrips, Violin Solo

Leo Litwin, Celsta Solo

Sunset

-Cloudburst

The record was converted into 320 kbps MP3 and has a run time of 25:59.

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