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words, music, meaning

Nina Hagen

Hermann hiess er

Regina Spektor

Amy Winehouse

Lily Allen

Dancing queen

Cuts like a knife

Rihanna S&M

Eminem Seamus Heaney

Is it true you once praised the work of rapper Eminem?

: I never listened to one of his performances, but I knew he was very famous and I knew the kind of propulsive, rhyme-driven, verbally athletic genre that rap was. At a conference for teachers, I was asked a question about the younger generation’s interest in poetry. My answer was that some popular genres had a metrical and rhyming energy and that this guy Eminem seemed to have sent a charge around the world. End of story, I thought. How wrong can you be? The Daily Telegraph reported something on the lines of “Nobel Laureate Commends Rapper Who Advocates Rape, Murder, etc.”

We made you

I’m shady

Beyonce In da club

Bonny and Clyde

Oswald von wolkenstein

Songs for Drella

Narco corrido

El Komander

Cuernito Armani

Sniper Brule

Pussy Riot

Arthur Mafokate Kaffir

Tip drill controversy


September 23, 2014 – Notation

For a brief moment, music notation is cool.

Losing the language. Does it matter?

If you can’t read music, you need mega-ears.

Where does sight reading come onto this?  Vivier in London.

Many reasons for music notation other than pure communication – political, business etc.

Notation is related to control of your material– if you know you want something, how do you communicate that?


What does notation tell you?

agogo lesson 1

agogo lesson 1

josquin baises moy (1501)

printing press and photocopying

Publishing Patents- Petrucci, Byrd/Tallis , Lully

Rameau Les Indes Galantes Ouverture


Lullaby of birdland


Bach Brandenburg 1 (1721)

BC1 p1

Notation & cultural meaning 

Mahler symph 1

Stockhausen Studie II

Stockhausen Spiral


Stockhausen In Freundschaft

Berio Sinfonia

Berio_Sinfonia – excerpt

DJ Notation

Offertorio Iubilate Deo universa terra

iubilate 1a

Inner city life with orchestra

Drum and Bass: Goldie

Notation and improvisation

Cage Variations


Other notation styles

Lead sheet:


Notation optimized for 12 tone equal temperament.