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  • dtoub 9:49 pm on Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 9:49 pm Permalink | Reply
    Tags: meme, mishegas,   

    a meme to pass on 


    My friend Paul Bailey just posted a meme on his blog that was given to him by Alex Shapiro (Alex, after all our online communications, we simply have to find a way to meet). A meme is an idea or concept that passes (virally?) from one person to another. The meme is this:

    1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
    2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog – some random, some weird
    3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blog (or twitter page)
    4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog. (or twitter account)
    5. If you don’t have 7 blog friends, or if someone else already took dibs, then tag some unsuspecting strangers

    As I responded to Paul via twitter, ”you’re on.“ So here it is, FWIW:

    1. I’m probably the only gynecologist who ever contributed to a textbook on game theory. Seriously—I took a game theory course online in business school and contributed two problems to the professor’s then-forthcoming textbook. The problems both related to medicine; I was playing around one day to find some way to decompose gynecology into a game, just like global thermonuclear war, the prisoner’s dilemma (which is a zero-sum game) and other classic game theory scenarios. I think this qualifies as a ”weird fact.“
    2. In the same vein (specifically, the cavernous vein), I’m also probably the only gynecologist who has inserted rigid penile prostheses. I managed to scrub into two urology cases during my internship, as the urology fellow was away, and got to insert a rigid prosthesis into each of two patients. Way cool (surgically speaking; it’s not cool in any other fashion, really). And way weird. 
    3. I was born in Newark, NJ and lived there through the Newark riots. My wife hates when I admit I’m from NJ.
    4. My house is 90 years old and faces the street where Ezra Pound once lived. Someday I’ll have to read his poetry.
    5. I used to operate best to Pearl Jam. I swear there was less blood loss whenever we played grunge in the OR. Perhaps there’s a possible prospective randomized controlled trial in there.
    6. Some people have reported visual auras, hallucinations and psychotic behavior within a few minutes of listening to my music. In all honesty, a good friend of mine who’s a pianist at Curtis got a headache once after listening to vector music for edward hopper one too many times
    7. My wife and I lead a very mundane life.

    OK, I’m passing it on to you:

     
    • Dave Seidel 8:50 pm on Friday, December 5, 2008, 8:50 pm Permalink

      Thanks for the tag. OK, I haven’t actually blogged in a really long time, so I decided to make a new <a href=”blog, with this meme as an excuse:

      http://daveseidel.tumblr.com/post/63293921/but-first-a-meme

    • dtoub 9:12 pm on Friday, December 5, 2008, 9:12 pm Permalink

      Great post, Dave.

      Glad you’re not responsible foe those names… 8-)

    • travelingmad 12:03 am on Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 12:03 am Permalink

      Nice post.

      I’m a Newark native too!
      Tell your wife NJ is cool and she will just have to get used to it :)

  • dtoub 2:21 am on Friday, May 30, 2008, 2:21 am Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Boulez, , Ives, mishegas   

    stupid comment du jour 


    Pierre Boulez on the music of Charles Ives:

    “I’ve also played the Robert Browning Overture and theThree Places in New England. It’s music written by an amateur. You would have to rewrite things because it’s impossible to do justice to the ideas because they’re poorly written. He stayed an amateur all his life and he wanted to stay this way. It was a choice for him.”

    Interesting. I suspect Ives would have said the same of Boulez’s music…

    And if Pierre thinks Ives’ stuff is amateurish, he’d have a field day with my crap.

     

     
    • J.C. Combs 1:49 am on Saturday, May 31, 2008, 1:49 am Permalink

      Boulez comment makes me wonder if he was purely referring to the lack of notation quality, i.e., if Ives hadn’t fleshed out the notation comments for performance purposes. Contemporary composers, in some cases, leave room for interpretation of scores for performers. But at the time Ives was scoring works, Boulez might be commenting that Ives was lacking the means to score in relation to expectations of performers of that era because he chose to stay in the insurance business and didn’t apply enough time to composing. I thought that could be the case from his following Q&A in that interview.

      Although, if Boulez meant that the score was amateur because of strictly the notes and not the notation instruction, that would be idiotic.

    • David 6:59 am on Saturday, May 31, 2008, 6:59 am Permalink

      I see your point, James. But then he chose his words poorly, since I reread the interview before writing this post and still came back with the same impression that he was dissing the music. I own the score to Three Places in New England, and while there are a few sections that are perhaps complex and not idiomatic for the respective instruments, the work is pretty performable, perhaps moreso than, say, many works by a slew of contemporary composers Boulez has conducted. Wonder if he’ll clarify his remarks. I suspect his comments reflect a genuine disdain for Ives’ music, which is unfortunate. I also think it might reflect a genuine disdain in the academic or other establishment composing world against music by those of us with non-musical day jobs. If so, then Boulez and othersnlike him can kiss my tuchis.

    • J.C. Combs 11:54 am on Saturday, May 31, 2008, 11:54 am Permalink

      It is hard to comprehend anyone would actually be serious when calling one of the greatest American composers an amateur. Go figure. Mr. Boulez, could you be a little jealous?

    • Ton Braas 6:03 am on Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 6:03 am Permalink

      When comparing the stilistic features of the symphonies written by Matthijs Vermeulen (1888-1967) with works by composers of the generation before him, the polymelodic qualities of the Robert Browning Overture and Ives’ Fourth Symphony struck me. And analyzing these works there arose admiration for the professional, skilled orchestration of his ideas.
      I disagree fully with Boulez.

    • Joseph Benzola 9:44 am on Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 9:44 am Permalink

      Obviously too much Syrah…too much Tuna Nicoise…way too many opera houses blown up. I’m sure he’s not much of a fan of Art Brut either. Way too many cranky French serialists whose comments no one really cares about. On another note DT, have you heard the latest Riley archive release “The Last Camel in Paris”? A nice tie in to Boulez!

    • dtoub 2:55 pm on Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 2:55 pm Permalink

      thanks! No, I haven’t yet hears the Riley album but will certainly try to check it out.

    • James Ross 6:53 pm on Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 6:53 pm Permalink

      I don’t know what Boulez was really saying about Ives here, but it sounds like there’s more than a hint of admiration (reluctant) and irritation (more than willing) in the comment. Perhaps Boulez sees Ives as amatuerish in his methods, unable to adequately express his musical ideas, but cannot escape the fact that the music is so powerful, and Ives’s place in music history so exalted.

      You know, in “Give My Regards to Eigth Street,” Feldman mentions a letter Boulez wrote to John Cage where he says, “I must know everything in order to step off the carpet.” Someone with that kind of intellect would probably be a bit annoyed at less-than-perfect notational practice and might be tempted to regard it as a fatal weakness.

      By the way, the release of Riley ‘s “Last Camel …” is a must-hear. It’s on Rhapsody right now, if you are a subscriber.

      Best
      jr

    • david 11:46 pm on Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 11:46 pm Permalink

      I listened to an excerpt from Last Camel in Paris and it is a live version of Shri Camel, which I’ve enjoyed since it came out on LP. I’m not clear how different the live version is. It’s obviously different, since TR essentially improvises as he goes, as does La Monte Young. I think this is sorta like the extended recording of Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band that came out a bit ago.

      Have you heard Shri Camel: Morning Corona, which is available on UbuWeb? It’s amazing.

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