• Ein's Excellent Eclecticism, the iTunes 2005 Report

    1 Jan 2006, 12:45 by Eingang

    There seems to be a meme of examining your iTunes statistics in the last year. This sort of thing is right up my alley and I'm famed for keeping track of what I have and haven't played in a given year. So, for the sake of posterity and my own future edification, I present my summary of 2005.

    Date generated: 12/31/2005
    Total number of tracks: 14765

    Sort by song title:
    -First Song: Heroes (Single Version) by David Bowie
    -Last Song: 黑色婚紗 by Anita Mui
    -Shortest Song: Underture by Mercury Rev
    -Longest Song: Aria & 30 Variations by Glenn Gould

    Sort by album:
    -First Song: Hang in Long Enough off of ...But Seriously
    -Last Song: 牆 off of 陳慧嫻 - 反叛

    Sort by Songs Added in 2005:
    - Total Number: 663
    - First Song (alphabetically): 2 Far off of Who's Got Trouble?
    - Last Song (alphabetically): Я СОШЛА С УМА (Ya Shosla S Uma) off of 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane

    - First Album (alphabetically): 18 Again
    - Last Album (alphabetically): World Of Warcraft Soundtrack EP
  • top albums of all time (in no order) [a work in progress]

    14 Dec 2005, 09:17 by thefletch7786

    Tom Waits - Mule Variations
    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Abbatoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus
    Glenn Gould - Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould
    Various Artists - The Essential Lutoslawski
    Joy Division - Unkown Pleasures
    Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
    Morphine - The Night
    Thomas Mapfumo - The Singles Collection 1977-1986
  • The G Child

    23 Sep 2005, 21:45 by captainjjb

    No this journal isn’t about Warren G, who somehow manages to mention himself on every single track he does. It’s about late Glenn Gould, the piano master/lunatic (depending upon your point of view). I have a video of Glenn Gould playing Goldberg Variations. It’s the one from the early 80’s. Also I’ve got him playing some music from Bach Art of the Fugue. I originally recorded these back in the early 80’s when Channel Four first showed them in the UK. They are stunning and somewhat bizarre.
    Stunning to watch someone completely lose himself simply in the notes, nothing more. Bizarre in his technique and composure, and of course the grunts and groans he lets out, constantly. My daughter saw some of this the other day and asked me what was wrong with him. I think it is difficult to describe the kind of emotional rapture that this kind of artist clearly gets himself into. Some other extraordinary artists were similar, Jimi Hendrix comes to mind. Blimey he’s dead as well. Maybe it’s just too dangerous to be so talented.
  • New classical purchase.

    7 Sep 2005, 09:55 by electrablue

    Today after work I bought Bach Partitas 1, 3, & 6 as performed by Piotr Anderszewski on the recommendation of one of my co-workers (we'll call her M). I feel bad for essentially cheating on Glenn Gould but I'm really enjoying this collection nonetheless. Anderszewski's performances seem to be much more human and emotional than Gould's - then again, look at Gould's life and try to figure out why. Anyway, I have burned my friend a copy, since she's only able to listen to the CD in the store, so I thought that would make a nice gift of thanks.