23 March 2008

Anthony Braxton Twelvetet - September 2005

Here is a great concert of Ghost Trance Music from September 2005. It's unlike anything in the Iridium set; the music is more fragile, and the slight thinness in the recording serves to accentuate that.

Anthony Braxton Twelvetet
Crowell Concert Hall, Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT
17th September 2005

First set - Composition 349 (+186+254)

Second set - Composition 338 (+205+287)

Anthony Braxton - reeds
Taylor Ho Bynum - trumpets
Andrew Raffo Dewar - reeds
Elizabeth Panzer - harp
Jessica Pavone - violin
Reut Regev - trombone
Jane Rigler - flutes
Jay Rozen - tuba, melodica
Sara Schoenbeck - bassoon
Aaron Siegel - percussion, drums
Carl Testa - contrabass, bass clarinet
Libby Van Cleve - oboe

I found this on dime - it was originally recorded by allsoundz.


Tantris said...




jazzme said...

I am able to convert flac files , but as a time saver will anyone post mp3's

sotise said...

tantris ..this looks great

jazzme , i dont mean to be rude but for somebody to convert thisa to mp3 then upload 160 meg or whatever of files may save you time... but what about them?

centrifuge said...

sotise, point taken - nevertheless i second the request.

usually there is some altruistic soul prepared to do this... if not, fine, i miss out until such time as i can get someone to trade me a cd or two :)

it's always worth asking though...

John V said...

tantris-thanks so much for sharing this!this is the first time I've heard his ghost trance music and its a true revelation for me.thanks again!

John V.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone in fact know what "Ghost Trance Music" allegedly means? I don't, despite having read a lot about it.

Harmolodics was easy, play off the melody rather than inherent harmonies rooted in inherent chord changes.

But GTM? Any words of wisdom from anyone?

John V said...

glmr-My understanding (gulp!) of the phrase "ghost trance music"-and I am basing this on some reviews I read in the Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD-is that the music is intended to replicate/inspire the heightened state of consciousness Native Americans experience during their sacred rituals....I don't know what Braxton himself has said on the subject though....
Still trying to figure it out myself,
John V.

dalemcbdnl said...

Hi glmr. Here's a fairly lengthy article by Henry Kuntz (Bells magazine from SF) on GLM. There are great blk & wht photos and some useful quotes from Locke's book.


Never-the-less, Braxton has a habit of inventing vocabulary (like Bucky Fuller) so IT SEEMS TO ME that what he writes/says is needlessly abstruse. Even so, I have a couple thoughts on the Native American trance thing achieved through eighth note pulsing (with complex layers of breaking that all up over specified times). I've heard (indeed felt) that pulsing tom-tom-like sound coming through in some of his compositions dating back to 1977 with 60N and 40 something or other. But I don't think he was thinking of achieving "higher" plane of consciousness so specifically as seems to be the case with GTM. It's interesting to me that he uses terms like "species" to describe the evolutionary steps (manifestations) of complexity in this series. It feels like he's looking for something primal for himself and his collaborators to tap into so interactions are more or less instantaneous. Sort of like blowing smoke on an invisible laser-like grid which is always present but only visible when the mind has been massaged & sensitized through special rituals.

I wonder what centrifuge thinks about all this. It'll be an interesting read I'm sure.


serviceton said...

tantris, thanks for this post. dalemcbdnl thanks for the link and the perspicacious comment/s.

In the more mundane realm, jazzme, centrifuge, other mp3 enthusiasts - you DO know that you can *play* FLAC files *as FLACs* without converting, yes?
On your computer anyway, not on your "portable media device".
For Windows, Foobar2000, wxMusik & VLC come to mind. On Mac, Play & Cog similarly hit the cortex without recourse to Google (ie. there are other players that'll play FLAC). Hell, if you can follow some only 'moderately complex' instructions, you can get Win. Media Player or iTunes to play FLACs.
No smarty-pants, no grandmother sucking eggs here - just sincerely, in case someone or another didn't know.
Now, back to your regular broadcasting.

Anonymous said...

Many thanks to John V and Dale for the GTM thoughts and the Kuntz piece. I guess the ultimate test for us listeners (or at least for me) will be whether or not we can recognize a GTM piece by ear in the proverbial Blindfold Test, particularly if it is performed by players whose voices are not instantly recognizable, e.g. Braxton's.

David said...

Hi, is it possible to repost? Thanks!