So I was at work and was listening to a public access station that plays everything from Jazz to Prog, to Classical, to odd talkshows about conspiracies or whatever else wants airtime on it. I heard a piece that sounded pretty odd when I put it on the station, and wasn't sure what to expect. It was a piece called Van Gogh Video Opera. It had violins it it, and sounded quite odd, and then some vocals that I wouldn't say were really vocals exactly like what you find in Classical music. (watch action movies)I didn't want to make the mistake of "there's violins in it so it's classical".. But something of it did remind me of classical music and to me it seemed like it at least borrowed something from the classical idiom.
So anyway,(free horror movies online) later I wikied Michael Gordon and he's known for something called Totalism? I've never seen that talked about around here, and I'm not sure how close one would consider it to classical. I've never heard any other "Totalist" piece but this one, so I don't know, but I did like it and I would probably listen to it again someday.
Anyway, I was wondering what people thought about Michael Gordon and Totalism in general. more: instrumental ringtones
I went to Youtube and sampled a bit of Michael Gordon's music. Some of it is pretty good, like the song "Timber", which is played entirely on wood blocks, or "Weather" which is pretty upbeat. I don't know if either of those fall into the Totalism genre, but Wikipedia lists his song "Acid Rain" as Totalist, and I found that I don't care for that one as much. It seems too chaotic, which may actually be one of Totalism's defining features.
When I listen to instrumental music, I prefer it to be mellow enough to be used as background music (which Timber does well) or have a catchy melody or rhythm that a vocal track would only ruin. The chaos in Acid Rain only ticked me off because it wasn't relaxing enough for background music and while some people might appreciate its musicality, to me it's as infuriating as someone who uses the wrong steps in a math problem but somehow comes up with the right answer.
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Most definatly not classical, but i thuroghly enjoy it! I am a big fan of classical (Boroque to be more accurate) and i enjoy orchestras. This is an orchestra playing a song with two tempos imposed on eachother. I read up on it, and often its 9 against 8, super cool to me.
It often involves math amd theories based on other parts of music in general.
One thing i enjoy aswell is non traditional key changes, and microtonal music.
Thanks for sharing this! I thought it was pretty sweet to find. Like when you discover that Glenn Gould is so into his music he is always humming in the background and is often in the recording.