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A unique tilt

Music | Scott Walker made songs like nobody else
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 4/15/19, 12:27 pm

On April 1, The New York Times published a story titled “‘Blurred Lines’ on Their Minds, Songwriters Create Nervously.” It detailed the anxiety besetting pop composers in the wake of recent plagiarism lawsuits in which courts have sided with the plaintiffs and thereby lowered the burden of proof to the point that almost any song might be actionable.  

And, despite its publication date, the story was no joke.

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Joel Garthwaite

Coherent complexity

Music | Passion oratorio assumes and rewards an intelligent and patient audience 
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 4/11/19, 03:25 pm

Gabriel Jackson’s The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ is not by any means an “easy” work. Irregular rhythms jostle with mercurial dynamics. Orchestral instruments respond to the calls of operatic soloists who soar and dip amid or atop choral vocals. Sounds begin in mimesis and end in abstraction. Form yields to content, adapts, then yields again, creating phantasmagoric effects.

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New releases

by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 4/11/19, 03:22 pm

High Hopes

Here’s the Steeple

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