December 18, 2009
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Meera Lee Sethi in Inkling Magazine:
In the second section of Samuel Barber’s exquisitely mournful composition “Adagio for Strings,” the cellos, violas, and violins join together to build to a rising melodic climax, reaching a thrilling, almost keening peak of grief - and then sharply stop. There is a breathtaking silence that lasts several long seconds. Finally, after more than a few thudding heartbeats, the instruments resume their play with a series of soft chords that now seem painfully delicate, carrying the piece to its sighing, fading conclusion.
When you listen to “Adagio for Strings,” that brief pause two thirds of the way into the music is anything but empty; in fact, it fairly aches with woe. Of course classical composers, jazz musicians, and pop stars alike have always known the power of the pregnant pause. They carefully insert silence in between their notes, using it like a supple extra voice. It can be full of tension, humor, serenity, or dramatic finality, its character conditioned by the shape of the space it occupies. And now psychologists and neuroscientists are beginning to unravel why, exactly, silence speaks so many volumes.
For example last year University of Arkansas researcher Elizabeth Margulis showed that people hear pauses in music very differently based on the specific context of the silence. Using listening tests to investigate people’s responses to silences contained within musical excerpts, she found that participants perceived changes in both the duration and the amount of tension in the acoustic void depending on the music around it. Margulis also asked participants to report whether they had experienced “a sensation of beats” during a musical silence and indeed some listeners reported hearing subtle differences in what they perceive as the meter of the very same silence—an astonishing, yet somehow intuitive finding. Silence, it seems, actually has a rhythm.
PRETTY DOPE STUFF....I THOUGHT SO......BUT PLEASE DONT MIX LAZINESS AND LACK OF SKILL FOR SWAGG--UMM-- I MEAN PAUSES/SILENCES/BREATHS.......PLEASE...THX FOR COOPERATING.
Just take a second and look at the title. Now get ready to be ecstatic (and I’m not talking about Mos’ latest album). These three artists are teaming up for a collaboration album (and are already 6 tracks deep).
“Just chillin’” with Dame Dash may have just spawned a rap supergroup project. On Wednesday, at Dash’s new facility (art gallery, TV studio, music studio and more), DD172, critically acclaimed underground lyricist Curren$y told MTV News that he, Jay Electronica and Mos Def have combined forces to start recording an entire album together.
“That’s ridiculous!” Curren$y said. “Jay Electronica is from my city, he’s from New Orleans. I never met homie until I stepped foot in this building. He came here to meet Mos. And Mos, I had only known him for 24 hours prior to that. But genuine people could recognize [each other], it was like, ‘Let’s go.’ ”
Curren$y said Mos came up with the name of “Center Edge Territory” for the trio. When asked exactly what the moniker means, Curren$y would only comment emphatically, “Everything! That’s everything!
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“We all know the game is in turmoil. We know the machine messed it up,” he added, explaining why they will be putting their music out independently instead of with a major label. “We know we don’t even need to play that game, especially with access to all of this sh–. We are our own machine.”
So far, Center Edge Territory have recorded six records together, but they have no concrete plans as to when the full-length album will drop.
“The funny thing, it came from just chilling,” Dash said. “If you’re gonna be here [at DD172], there’s no hanging out.
“There’s no reason to be here unless you have the ability to work or you’re working,” Dash explained of the space Mos nicknamed of the “24-Hour Karate School.” “This is like an office where you work in a different way.”
Dash is putting out BlakRoc by the Black Keys (featuring collaborations with Mos Def, Jim Jones, Q-Tip, Ludacris, RZA and others) on November 27. Meanwhile, Curren$y just completed an album with a group he formed called the Muscle Car Chronicles, which includes Thomas Pridgen from the Mars Volta and newcomer Sean O’Connell.
We wanted to keep the momentum up after Raw Raw Shit: The Menu, so we linked back up with DJ Slimm for a recap of material we have dropped over the past 5 years, Load ya ipods up, get familiar if you haven't been up on game, & Enjoy! Shouts to our fam 2Dopeboyz
OFFICALLY THIS IS FAM.. A TRUE CALI-VEGAS CONNECTIO ..AND TO BE EXPECTED....REAL RAW SHHHH.PEACE TO TO WHOLE L.A FAM....MORE WORK TO COME IN THE FUTURE....YEAH DAT....ALL U GOTTA DO ISSS...CLICK THE PENGUIN...KILLLERRRRR.!!!!
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