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Time for an Oenyaw rant.

"A Line from a Pale Blue Dot" was 6 hours.  Reason:  It takes 6 hours for light to travel from earth to the end of our solar system.  The intention of the piece was that if this is ever played on an am radio station at night, it would theoretically be one continuous stream of music, hence the title, "A Line From A Pale Blue Dot".  I did this in 2007, BTW.

"Graveyard Shift On A Space Station" last 8 hours.  An 8 hour shift, alone on a space station.  I considered it my honest piece of "Space Music".  It took me a week to record it, mainly four all nighters, graveyard sessions to get the feel for the piece.  The most cynical, insulting and rudest disc I've ever done.

"Auguries of Innocence" is also 6 hours long.  This was actually sort of a bet.  I told my son that I could do a 6 hour piece of music within a week.  The credit on the disc cover reads "It's amazing what this guy can do with a delay and a bottle of Jameson."  The original title was something about talking to an elf that lives under a tree in my backyard, but it just never worked.  I opted for the title of a William Blake poem.  Hell, if it gets ONE PERSON to read William Blake, it was worth it.  I just did this in September when my wife and her mom were in Alaska.

My answer to "What is the point of a 6 hour song?"  I didn't know there were limits.

Last word.
I copied this from a site on John Cage's "As Slow As Possible"

Deutsche Welle, July 5th, 2008
One Thousand Hear Change of Note in Worldís Longest Concert
The next musical change in John Cageís slow masterpiece will happen in November
More than 1,000 music-lovers showed up on Saturday, July 5, in a German town to hear a change of note in the longest-running and slowest piece of music ever composed. Eccentric US composer John Cage (1912-1992) planned his composition to last 639 years, meaning more than a dozen generations of musicians will be needed to play it on an automatic, as-yet unfinished organ at Halberstadt, Germany.
Entitled ORGAN2/ASLSP, it began in 2001 and has so far reached its sixth note. The second part of the name means "as slow as possible."
Neighbors have got used to the monotonous tone coming out of the former Church of St. Burchard, which was used as a pig-sty in the communist years of East Germany. At first the all-day-and-night tone sounded something like an air-raid siren.
One step at a time
The audience hushed on Saturday as two more organ pipes were added alongside the four installed so far and the tone became more complex at 3:33 p.m. local time. The second of the new pipes is set to kick in this November. A machine keeps the sound coming out.
Since some notes will not be needed for decades, pipes need only be added when donations suffice.
Organizers in Halberstadt rejected questions about what it all means.
"It doesnít mean anything," one of them said. "Itís just there."


Free listening
"Throwing Rocks At The Sun"


Sweet Dreams.

BTW:  I've been away for a while.  Work load increase (getting ready for once every two year audit), trip to Baltimore (watched the Orioles beat the Red Sox, last game of the season), sick dog (Ringo has been battleing skin infections), cat murdered by dog from across the street, and now they want me to get an endoscopy and a colonoscopy at the same gig.  What a rush, it's no wonder I have developed a stuttering problem.  Oh, well, could be worse.

Have a good one! 8)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Another Oenyaw
« on: June 29, 2011, 08:58:46 AM »
This months free-for-listening album is "A Party Of One at the Restaurant at the end of the Universe." 
It is 5 hours and 41 minutes long, and has 16 tracks.

01-Ganesha       3:10
02-3am Cab Ride From The Airport to the Hotel   30:45
03-Belvedere       7:43
04-Lysergic Martini      22:43
05-The Pumpkin Girl      6:15
06-On A Distant Shore      10:47
07-Idyll Idol Idle Ideal     29:49
08-Land Of The Elephants     18:40
09-Deadalus       34:45
10-Initiation of Mithras     8:55
11-Underneath The Overpass     11:33
12-The Dreams Of The Innocent     49:11
13-Left For Dead On The Subway Tracks    19:43
14-Vanilla Shake      20:41
15-112807 (Live From The Lighthouse Keepers Convention)  61:25
16-Mei Fu Flies a Phoenix To Feihong    5:27

Explinations are found on my new blog page

This one even had a review by Dene

Drop by for a listen.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / "Songs of Praise and Torture"
« on: May 23, 2011, 06:57:45 AM »
New update on Oenyaw's Public Radio site.

"Songs of Praise and Torture"
Track Listing: 01: Invocation 12:53
02: Basillica Neptuni 43:36
03: An Ever Bubbling Fountain of Resplendence 49:44
04: John's Cage 19:19
05: Indian Summer 14:55
06: The Big Blue Dream 51:30
07: Mid-evil Mantra 21:59
08: It was a dark and stormy night... 14:10
09: An Evening In The Lion's Den 1:10:46
10: Sunrise On North Field 33:09 Total Time 5:31:09

The plan now is to feature an MP3 album on the site for free listening each month.
Tune in and enjoy your day.

Now Playing / "Rescuing Andromeda"
« on: May 02, 2011, 09:34:53 AM »
My son is really gettin into it.  He put up the entire album.

The album is 5 hrs and 50 minutes in length.  It contains 
Live From The Cafe Annapurna 61:41 (actual live performace from April 2009)
A Beautiful Tattoo 45:50
Let's Go For A Swim 60:07
Those Little Men In The Ceiling Tiles Never Stop Working 60:26
The Web Construction Kit 66:59
Rescuing Andromeda 55:29 

Have a listen.  Fall alseep with it on.  Sweet dreams.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 29, 2011, 07:56:46 AM »
Firesign Theater  "Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me The Pliers"

Now Playing / Re: Oenyaw Public Radio
« on: April 26, 2011, 02:44:59 PM »
New post...

"Morning Prayers"
Imagine you are a small child, living in a place where before you go to school, you wake up with your father, bow towards Mecca, and say you morning prayers. You don't know about things like politics, wars, invasions, dictators. You play and go to school. One morning you awaken to your city being attacked. Total chaos is everywhere. Buildings are falling from bombs falling from the sky. People are yelling "The Americans are attacking!" Your life will never be the same again. This piece is dedicated to the most innocent victims, the children of Iraq.

Now Playing / Oenyaw Public Radio
« on: March 22, 2011, 03:20:25 PM »
My son is working on a website for me.  It's still in construction, but have a listen.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Cassette tapes..
« on: February 08, 2011, 10:48:49 AM »
All my cassettes are collecting dust.  Why don't I get rid of them?  Lots of Bil Nelson, The Residents, and some really rare Negativeland tapes.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Top concept albums of all time
« on: January 17, 2011, 03:13:26 PM »
Would I be wrong if I said Tangerine Dream "Rubycon?"
My fav is Mike Oldfield "Incantations". (sorry it took so long to respond.)

Everything and Nothing / Re: NCAA football 2010
« on: January 11, 2011, 10:10:17 AM »
I'm just glad the new FSU coach kicked Steve Spewier's ass!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Can we have a serious talk about vinyl?
« on: January 10, 2011, 02:47:32 PM »
What I really like about vinyl...
I spent $12 at a Goodwill yesterday.  I got 3 best of(s) The Doors, Janis Joplin and Marvin Gaye.  Also Eric Clapton's 1st solo, Journey "Infinity" and David Bowie "Ziggy Stardust".  All excellent condition.

It's the search that keeps going. 8)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Top concept albums of all time
« on: January 07, 2011, 03:02:13 PM »
Where's Johnny Cash "Ballads of the True West"?

Line 6 Delay Modeler  Cool for loops and echoes (sound-on-sound like stuff)
Line 6 Filter Modeler (ok, but one note at a time)
Line 6 Modulation Modeler (great fun)
Danelectro Black Coffee Distortion (love the distortion on this one)
PAIA Quadrafuzz (overdrive X4)
Morley Volume pedal (it's actually a fuzz wah volume pedal, but I only use the volume)
Dunlop Cry Baby Wah  (this is a good wah, just got it)
Lexicon MX200 Reverb/Effects Processor ( I was looking for a good reverb box, this was the same price as little boxes that did 1/10 as this would)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Holiday season movie review thread
« on: January 03, 2011, 10:09:48 AM »
True Grit was great!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Can we have a serious talk about vinyl?
« on: December 26, 2010, 06:37:11 AM »
"From the past" information:  It wasn't the costo of the pressing that broke us, it was the cost of having them shipped to us from the pressing company.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Happy thoughts
« on: December 22, 2010, 03:12:16 PM »
I'm finally off for the day.  I'm going to stop at Walmart, and go home and play with my dogs!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Can we have a serious talk about vinyl?
« on: December 22, 2010, 10:08:17 AM »
The only draw back is that 45 minute limit.  I'd have to edit everything.

I don't do scotch.  Something about that peat moss taste I just can't deal with.  At our house, our choices are either Stolichnaya Vodka, Jameson's Whiskey, or Bombay Saphire Gin.

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