from Sunday, September27th of the year2009.
A great thrill for me a few weeks ago was to play at Columbia University, where I did my undergraduate degree. It was designed to be a one-off reunion of the 802 tour Thomas, Sam and I did last year: an interlocked sequence of music by all three of us, ending with The Only Tune, a piece that incorporates all of us, written by me, featuring Sam. I had forgotten how fun it is to do that show. You can read a review of it here, which is cool because it uses the word “precious” in an inoffensive and descriptive way.
Ooh, there is a really bad review of my concert last night in the Guardian. I have never seen “flavour of the month” spelled in that way and am secretly thrilled to be dismissed in such a fashioun.
There’s a slightly bitchier one here, from the Telegraph, which said of my piece, “the result was slow, painful death.” What’s so genius about cunty English reviews is that all they do is provide you with awesome pull-quotes like the one above. A total pan can be a great thing; does everybody remember that genius Frank Bruni pan for that restaurant Ninja? My friends and I read that shit and the first thing we did was pick up the phone talking about do you have a table for eight.
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I watched this movie Angels and Demons on the plane, and I have to say, it was fun. There was this amazing moment in the score where it turned into, like, ecstatic Terry Riley music with solo violin; who could ask for anything more in an action movie? I would like to call a temporary moratorium on the use of 7/8 in action sequences, though. It’s a little much, a little forceful, a little . . . embarrassing? It might be about creating that kind of drive through harmonic changes, rather than through an Orff-like pulse. Listen to me, trying to obscure the pulse! I’m going to end my days writing total serialism, I’m sure of it.
I was also pleased to see that the movie featured trustworthy Swiss blonds, too, as opposed to the last one, where my boo Paul Bettany was, like, albino and evil. All you ljóshÃ¦rÃ° people need to get an advocacy group together, because this is going to be the craniology of the new century, thanks to Dan Brown and J.K. Rowling.