A Youtube comment worth reading, “Open up four tabs with the music playing at the same time at different times for the ultimate experience”
I did it. it was amazing.
My first exploration into Charlemagne Palestine’s music, contemporary of Philip Glass, and Steve Reich – was the visceral ‘Body Music”, but this comment relates to ‘Strumming Music‘. A piano piece which builds, layer upon layer, loops, steps back and forth, it both hurries and relaxes all at the same time. Filling the space between the beat with a strumming technique where by a note seems to chase its tail, to whirl and spin around, shifting into the next.
What brought me to him was this…..
But I think I like his music equally. Both immersive, both soft yet aggressive in their clustering or packing, both full of visual or sonic texture and colour.
I do know why the teddy bear developed as a motif, I’m interested in Charlemagne Palestine’s alignment with Animism more so than the bear itself.
The more I read about him, his interest in animism, his intention to exist on the outskirts, to not be considered an any ‘thing’ in particular, a rejection of categorisation. And also the fact that he was involved in the beginning of the CalArts school, much like Judy Chicago and a number of other artists I seem to be drawn too. I’m looking forward to investigating further and seeing who else appears with rebellious inclinations.
Heres a great interview on The Quietus
Continuo blog breaks down sound, here