Gould Trilogy, Ulysses and Beethoven

Subject: Gould Trilogy, Ulysses and Beethoven
From: Kevin Austin (kevin.austin@videotron.ca)
Date: Tue Feb 08 2005 - 21:48:07 EST

Today in class, we listened to the last two of the three parts of the
Gould Solitude Trilogy. What have been the experiences of others who
may have used these works in class?

One of many starting points ...

I include them in an ea class as they present a 'fiction' as reality
through sound coming from a loudspeaker ... (and by extension, the
RTE recording of Ulysses is also an ea piece). While Gould worked
with engineers on the composition and assembly, I find that it is the
work of a solo artist, and the expression of a solo point of view.

This is tied to another item about the "stretched" Beethoven Ninth
which was described as such, but after some thought, I am more of the
view that it is not a stretched Beethoven Ninth, but a stretched
version of a recording of the Beethoven Ninth.

A live recording of a stretched Beethoven Ninth would not distort the
attacks of the instruments, nor stretch the reverberation
characteristics. The 'real' stretched Beethoven Ninth awaits a
performance, IMV.



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