Detritus 95

> Philosophy Referee Hand Signals


> Tortured Piano release is…delayed until early next week…. see here for why



> I love this song, a cover of Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Sister Winter’ by Tracey Thorn
Tracey Thorn / ‘Sister Winter’ by buzzinfly


> Dads, the original hipsters


> Am I the only person who cringes every time I see this video posted by some social media expert, as they project their agendas on to it. Maybe, just maybe it was actually not because dancing guy is the epitome of a fearless leader that the crowd followed. Maybe its because (a) he was tripping and (b) some DJ/band just dropped a really great tune. Its as likely about the power of music as all those other 100% hindsight projections!


> Looking forward to seeing this doco on Michael Nyman


Compressed 01 from Kim Pimmel on Vimeo.


> Debussy is quoted as saying that he never gave pedal indications because he felt that pedaling was too fine an art to convey on paper and that too many subpar pianists simply use the pedal to hide the fact that they are butchering the music. Interesting, slightly extreme attitude but it got me thinking about the role of sustain (& variation) in all keyboard sounds. With physical keyboards ie piano, rhodes etc it is a function that is present by design, but how many of you virtual instrument players have pedals? Thoughts?


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  1. Dan

    Re- Sustain pedal. Being a rubbish keyboardist, I use it constantly to hide my lack of technique. But I do think it can depend on the music you’re playing. ie. Gould rarely used sustain when playing Bach, because 1. Bach originally wrote for the harpsichord and 2. he wrote contrapuntally, so any sustain would “blur” the voice leading.

    I recently took delivery of a Rhodes, and for the first 4 days didn’t attach the sustain pedal. It was really interesting to push the envelope a bit and try to play like that. Makes you think.

    And I thought about organ players who not only don’t have a sustain pedal, they’re constantly attuned to note DURATION, timing the release. On an organ the end of a note is very obvious, much more so than on a percussive instrument like a piano, and in that sense they have twice as much to concern themselves with than a pianist.

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