Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Wild Turkey!

What's your Turkey?

Well mine is....

Wild Turkey - Kentucky Bourbon - NO
ohhhh the high school days, paaatein' in the New England woods, one Wild Turkey (mixed with who knows what else) night was enough thank you...

Wild Turkey - Wild Meat - NO
too gamey, I prefer Tofurkey.

Wild Turkey - 70's ProgRock - YES
Now we're talkin'.... This Thanksgiving I am going to be groovin' to 5 and singin' along.... 'See You Next Tuesday' ha...

Ah the 70s what a great time for music and experimentation and some musicians even ventured into the odd meter realms. Wild Turkey is one of these bands. WT was formed by Glenn Cornick (bassist for Jethro Tull) in the 70s and had some reincarnations since and according to internet sources (Wikipedia and link below) they are still alive and kickin'. They had two releases in the early 70s - 'Battle Hymn'-70 and 'Turkey' -71, then 'Stealer of Years' - 96 and 'Final Performance' - 00. I have the first two in my collection and found just a few oddies, but goodies.

Battle Hymn - 1970
Easter Pslam - 3/8, 5/8, 9/8, 12/8
Twelve Streets of Cobbled Black - 7/4, 4/4
Turkey - 1971
See You Next Tuesday - 5/4, 4/4

More info on Glenn Cornick:

Happy Tofurkey,

Thursday, November 13, 2008

New this Week

Here's a few new oddy discoveries this week:

Artist - John Scofield
Album - A Go Go
Song - Southern Pacific
Meters - This is a true "Where's One" Tune

Artist - The Last Poets
Album - Chastisment
Songs - Hands Off & Tribute to Obabi (Ogun)
Meters - both songs are in 6/4 which isn't the oddest meter, but isn't that common either.

Artist - Jane's Addiction
Album - Strays
Song - Wrong Girl
Meters - 14/8, 15/8
You go JA!

Stay tuned for these and of course songs to honor November with 11/4 & 11/8 (see earlier blogs)

Foreva Oddly Yours,

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Happy 11/8

Here's to one of my favorite meters... yep 11/8 so many cool things that you can do with it and some have, but I wish there were WAY MORE...

Tunes totally in 11/8
Right in Two - Tool
Beach of Deception - Monks of Doom

Tunes partially in 11/8
Chemtrailku - BetZe (me) 12/8, 11/8
You - Radiohead 12/8, 11/8
Perverseerance - fred 11/8, 6/8
Cathode Ray Fantasy - fred 11/8, 5/4, 6/4, 4/4, 3/4
Serpent's Kiss - Symphony X 11/8, 44/, 12/8, 9/8
Cleanse the Soul - Slayer 4/4, 11/8
When Acting As A Wave - The Dillinger Escape Plan 11/8, 6/16, 13/8, 9/8, 4/8
All Gone Now - OSI 3/8, 5/8, 6/8, 11/8
Anesthetize - Porcupine Tree 4/4, 11/8, 19/8, 5/4, 4/4, 6/4
Bigger Wave - OSI 4/4, 11/8, 5/8
Day of the Baphomets - The Mars Volta 13/8, 11/8, 4/4
Elephants - Drums & Tuba 6/8, 5/8, 11/8
Midi Treat - BetZe (me) 11/8, 7/8, 3/8, 5/8

Listen for these songs this month on Odd Time Obsessed Radio

Happy 11,

Friday, November 7, 2008

Check out Michael Karwowski!

Michael Karwowski is an accomplished Classical, Jazz Fusion and Rock composer from Pittsburg, who mainly composes in odd meters and can play a mean Chapman stick. Now how cool is that? He graduated from Berklee (the same year I did) with a degree in Composition and if that wasn’t enough he went on to get a Masters in Composition from the Carnegie Mellon University. Check out his unique approach to harmonic movement, harmony/melody relationships, and polymeters which is sure to leave you wanting more.

Here are some samples of his compositions that will be featured on Odd Time Obsessed internet radio and more to come. And as if polymeters and Chapman Stick weren’t cool enough he’s got a piece all in 13! I’m diggin’!

Michael gives us the breakdown:

"Three Vignettes" composed by Michael Karwowski performed by "Of Birth and Death"

1.Lincoln Place - starts out in 4/4, the main idea is two measures broken into 3+3+3+3+4 eighth notes. There are short sections where the meter is 5/4, 9/8, and an occasional 3/4.

2. Is this all there is? - was created using a 9/8, 7/8 platform for the main idea. Each section has a dedicated pattern of time signatures.
3. Friday@5:00 - has the following setup for the A section. 6/8 + 4/4 + 3/4 + 4/4 + 4/4 + 3/4 + 3/4 + (5/8x4) + 3/4 + (5/8x3) = 89 eighth notes I call the ensemble

"The Day the Leaves Scattered From the Trees" A quintet for winds and string (Flt. Ob. Cl. Vla. and Cel).
13/8 divided into into a permutating 3+3+2+2+3.

You can visit him on MySpace.com/ofBirthandDeath

Forever Odd,

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Who Knew Part III - Jane's Addiction

Who knew Jane's Addiction was so cool?

I guess a lot of people do, I mean, I kinda thought they were back in the day, but I haven't been in the Addiction of Jane's loop lately. Anywho, I was just turned on to their 2003 release "Strays" this weekend and its pretty cool even if they didn't get along. Perry is one of a kind and his vocal layering is way cool on this effort. As I was listening and hoping to find an oddy. And just at the seventh track I could not believe my ears..... 15/8 and 14/8 all in same song. Now that's bloody cool....
Check it out on "Strays"
Wrong Girl - 15/8 & 14/8
And of course I will be playing it this week on Odd Time Obsessed Radio

Odd Girl,

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Happy 11/4

Whahoo Election Day! Finally, its here. What better way to celebrate... hopefully..., than to watch the race while listening to tunes in 11/4... works for me.. how about...

Tunes in 11/4
Eleven - Primus
Hernandu - Weather Report
Stillness Runs Deep - Hank Levy
Poopsie's Penthouse - Hank Levy

Tunes partially in 11/4
Take, Take, Take - White Stripes 4/4, 11/4
Mystical Circle of Young Girls - Rite of Spring - Stravinsky 4/4, 2/4, 3/4, 5/4, 6/4, //4, 11/4

Stay tuned this month to hear these songs in 11! Happy November!
Have an odd month,