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Music Favorites VII - Kaikhosru Sorabji's Pastiche on the Hindu Merchant's Song

Posted by Sumiki , in Music Aug 22 2013 · 107 views

Kaikhosru Sorabji was a composer who was known for writing long and technically demanding pieces, mostly for solo piano. His early music blended styles from well-established virtuosos. His later works use dissonant polyrhythms and vague tonalities and is generally inaccessible. Most people who have heard of him know him solely for one piece - the four-hour, twelve-movement Opus Clavicembalisticum. (Opus Clavicembalisticum is not even Sorabji's longest; his Symphonic Variations for Piano clocks in at a whopping nine hours!) The difficulty in accurately performing such monster works means that not only have many of them have not yet been premiered, but that Sorabji himself put a "ban" on unauthorized performances of his works. This has led to many of his more accessible (but still brilliant) works to fall by the wayside.
This piece might well be my favorite. It was one of his earlier works and uses bar lines and consistent rhythms (something that his later music generally lacked), but filled with luscious harmonies and dreamy textures. His Piano Sonata #1 and his Nocturne Gulistān are also worth looking into if you like this. This piece was one of three pastiches published in 1922. The other two are based on Bizet's Habanera [from Carmen] and Chopin's "Minute" Waltz. One of the more interesting things about Sorabji's piano music is that it's generally written on three staves as opposed to two; generally, the topmost one is an octave treble clef to facilitate passages in the higher registers without the use of an 8va marking. The more complex the piece, the more staves Sorabji added, to the point where his piano works sometimes look like full orchestral scores.


Music Favorites VI - Charles Ives' A Son of a Gambolier (from 114 Songs)

Posted by Sumiki , in Music Aug 19 2013 · 76 views

Charles Ives stands at the forefront of American music. Ives was not a full-time composer and his works were largely ignored during his lifetime; publishment of his pieces was done out of his own pocket. A millionaire from his insurance business, Ives' tireless promotion of his own work was the only thing that ended up saving them from languishing in obscurity. Of his oeuvre, only perhaps a dozen are to my liking, but those dozen are special pieces in their own right.
A devoted experimenter who utilized free dissonance, polytonality, and quarter tones, Ives' music is chaotic and dissonant with only occasional forays into traditional harmony. "A Son of a Gambolier" is not one of those pieces; its traditional structure is indeed at odds to most of what he wrote. It calls for one of the larger ensembles utilized in his eclectic collection "114 Songs" - in addition to the voice and piano, the score calls for a kazoo chorus, two trombones, and assorted violins and fifes. It's an incredibly clever piece which - surprisingly - lacks a whole lot of singing.


Music Favorites V - Josef Hofmann's The Sanctuary (from Impressions)

Posted by Sumiki , in Music Aug 16 2013 · 111 views

Josef Hofmann belonged to a category of pianists that can only be classified as super-virtuosi. But how good was he? Sergei Rachmaninov himself admit to practicing 15 hours per day to get to his level. (Rachmaninov's hands were immense, and Hofmann's were slightly below average.) Hofmann also flawlessly played works in concert that he hadn't as much as seen for nearly three years.
His immense talent at the piano - especially in his ability to play rapidly repeating notes - served to overshadow his excellent compositions (sometimes published under the pseudonym "Michel Dvorsky"). "The Sanctuary" is the third of three movements from his collection "Impressions," which I think is a certainly apt title - some of the left-hand passages put Ravel to shame. It's an étude and a half and I could never play it, but that doesn't make it any less glorious to listen to.


Some people here disappoint me.

Posted by Sumiki , in BZPower Aug 16 2013 · 135 views

But for every one that does, I can name five that make me proud to be here.
BZP is supposed to be fun and should not be sullied with intolerance. I wholeheartedly applaud those who stand up against it.


The time and place for prejudice is in the annals of history

Posted by Sumiki , in BZPower Aug 14 2013 · 177 views

p.s. destroy the patriarchy


Tuesday Tablescraps - 8/13/13 - The Hinklebot

Posted by Sumiki , in Tuesday Tablescraps, MOCing Aug 13 2013 · 170 views

The Tuesday Tablescraps make their triumphant return with the Hinklebot, a fusion mech that appeared at BrickFair VA '13, only to have its pilot replaced by a Kevin Hinkle minifigure.

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Last semester's schedule meant that I rarely - if ever - had free Tuesdays. I've still built stuff, but I haven't posted them, much to my regret.


Music Favorites IV - Percy Grainger's In Dahomey

Posted by Sumiki , in Music Aug 12 2013 · 162 views

Percy Grainger is one of the only Australian composers that people talk about. He wrote a significant number of pieces, including orchestral and vocal works, but his piano output is his only significant contribution to the modern repertoire. He was known for his dislike of Italian musical terms and notations, so instead of using them he often described how his music should be played in explicit English instructions - so explicit that there leaves little room for interpretation if played exactly as written.
Nearly all of his piano compositions are virtuosic, and In Dahomey (subtitled "Cakewalk Smasher") is certainly no exception. Based off of the cakewalk dance and blending tunes from popular showtunes from the late turn of the century, In Dahomey is an incredibly catchy piece. In it, Grainger provides alternatives to the notation in smaller staves (called ossias, one of the few Italian terms Grainger was fine with using), so there are many "correct" ways to play it.
Grainger's music is worth exploring for its complexity, and performers of his music have to possess a keen attention to detail: some glissandos are notated down to what finger they're supposed to be played with. In Dahomey is scored in such a way as to instruct the pianist to imitate a brass band, including trombone slides.


Undersea Cowboy

Posted by Sumiki , in BIONICLE/LEGO, BZPower, Contests, MOCing Aug 09 2013 · 132 views

A very last-minute entry to the Titans vs. Monsters contest. To my knowledge this is the only System-Based Creations entry ... which could prove to be interesting once the votin' time rolls 'round.

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He's the lord of all strangeness. - Ignika: Nerd of Life

How awesome is Sumiki on a scale of 1 to 10? - Waffles
42. - Black Six

[He's] the king of wierd, the prince of practicality, the duke of durr! - Daiker

Sumiki is magic. - Cholie

Sumiki says, "Do I creeeeeeep you out?" Yes, he does. - Waffles

Sumiki is a nub. He's cool, but he's still a nub. - Ran Yakumo


"What is a Sumiki?" You may ask. But the answer to that is still unknown, even to the Sumiki itself. - Daiker

Ah, Sumiki. - Electric Turahk




Sumiki is best snickerdoodle. - Takuma Nuva


BZPower = Sumiki + McSmeag + B6. And Hahli Husky. - Vorex


What's a Sumi? Does it taste good? - Janus


I would have thought Sumiki wanted to reincarnate as a farm animal. - Kraggh




Sumiki: the horse_ebooks of bzp - VampireBohrok


Everything relates to Sumiki. No really, everything. - Daiker


He's in worse mental condition than I thought. - Obsessionist


I'm just wondering why I'm looking at some cat dancing ... I suppose the answer would simply be "Sumiki." - Brickeens


I was like a beast, screaming through the mind of Sumiki at the speed of sound. I.. I wasn't strong enough to stop myself. What I saw was the end of infinity, through which one can see the beginning of time, and I will never be the same. - Portalfig


I imagine the 13th Doctor will be rather like Sumiki, at the rate we're going. - rahkshi guurahk


I was quite sure Sumiki had another set of arms stashed somewhere. - Bfahome


Note to future self: don’t try to predict Sumiki, he’s unpredictable. - Voltex


Let's be honest, I would totally have picked my main man Sumiki to lead my goose-stepping night killers anyway. We tight like that, yo. - Xaeraz

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Every week, I post a new "Tuesday Tablescrap", a small MOC not worthy of a topic, but something to post and inspire me to build more.

10/25/11 - Duplo Flower
11/1/11 - Slender Man and Masky
11/8/11 - Bizarre Black Spaceship
11/15/11 - 2001 Monolith

11/22/11 - My Little Slizer 50
11/29/11 - Punching Bag
12/6/11 - Thunder and Escorts
12/13/11 - Three Concepts
12/20/11 - Kaxium Alternate
12/27/11 - None (Christmas Break)

1/3/12 - Daiker
1/10/12 - None
1/17/12 - Volant
1/24/12 - Nidman's Chute Shoop Shop
1/31/12 - None (Brickshelf down)
2/7/12 - None
2/14/12 - Atomic Lime
2/21/12 - Spearhead
2/28/12 - Glatorian Kahi
3/6/12 - Seeker
3/13/12 - Skyscraper
3/20/12 - Microphone
3/27/12 - Toa Vultraz
4/3/12 - Flammenwerferjüngeres
4/10/12 - Umbrella
4/17/12 - Lime Beetle
4/24/12 - Special - Flame Sculpture
5/1/12 - None (BZPower down)
5/8/12 - Purple Ninja
5/15/12 - The Original Sumiki
5/22/12 - 7/24/12 - None
7/31/12 - Tahu
8/7/12 - None (BrickFair)
8/14/12 - Special - Chess Set
8/21/12 - Heavily Armored Wasp
8/28/12 - Spaceship Drill
9/4/12 - Scuba Vehicle
9/11/12 - Orange Guy
9/18/12 - Strange Flying Thing
9/25/12 - Goblet
10/2/12 - None
10/9/12 - Aim .............................. Down
10/16/12 - Gold Bot
10/23/12 - Teal Mech
10/30/12 - Special - Teal Mech (#2)
11/6/12 - Bits and Pieces
11/13/12 - Two Spaceships
11/20/12 - TARDIS Interior
11/27/12 - Christmas Creep
12/4/12 - Toaraga
12/11/12 - Fireplace
12/18/12 - Abstract Duckling
12/25/12 - None (Christmas)
1/1/13 - Black Bot
1/8/13 - 1/22/13 - None
1/29/13 - Handheld Rhotuka Launcher
2/5/13 - 8/6/13 - None
8/13/13 - The Hinklebot
8/20/12 - Special - Post-Apocalyptic Piyufi

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Bitter Cold
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Darth Eryzeth
Toa of Vahi
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If you learn one thing in life, learn this:

You should never, ever question why demons would possess a soda.

just a heads up - Cthulhu would probably eradicate mankind before bringing back Bionicle
so yeah, all I'm saying is, please think twice about this okay

nothing gets democracy flowing like erratic capitalizatION

[the NSA] couldn't say no when I offered them an ostrich farm in exchange

Sumiki -- nice try but we all know Toa Mata Nui stuffs its bra




You have a great understanding of history, but don't forget, war, murder and other poor decisions are also huge characteristics.

Also a long line of really great hats.

Shhh, I'm trying to focus on the negative to justify my dislike of history.

have we mentioned hats

To be fair, I am the one responsible for the invention of Mafia in the 1320s by seventeen bored italians locked in a mine shaft.
It's a long story.


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