The Crimson Grail, 4

image455865702.jpgAfter a passage very much like Glen Branca, the music becomes delicate, chiming, striated. Harmonics and single-picked notes, as a breeze picks up. It doesn’t resolve and is beautiful.

Now louder, faster strumming. Polytonal. Dense sound. Some fantastic interference patterns! It’s a chord progression which resolved with the spreading power and satisfaction of wripples from a stone cast in the sea. Powerful sound, can feel it in my body. Assistants are holding up numbers for a countdown, it’s exciting! An asterisk!

Incredible, enveloping sound. Crescendo. More. End Part 1 and time to retune. Magnificent.


I'm a composer and musician, and I write about music—I do that here, for the New York Classical Review, at the Brooklyn Rail (I edit the music section there) and any place else that will have me, like New Music Box and Music & Literature. I also wrote the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew book in the 33 1/3 series.