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EXTRAS

S-2015
Phil Kline: Around the World in a Daze

The second DVD offers over 44 minutes of Extras. Kline added the music video MEDITATION (run as fast as you can), which features both pulsing surround sound electronica and a handheld video shot by the composer. The composer comments the piece is “based on a unified camera movement” which he describes as: “You’re in New York, hold the camera, and run!”

Kline's musical styles cast a wide net. They range from eerie electro-acoustical evocatons of a bygone era of honky tonks to the muted tensions between sky and earth of nomadic space with his Grand Etude for the Elevation, the moaning wraiths of The Wailing Wall, and then slide to the glissandos of Pennies From Heaven. His transitions flow as easily as a ride on a cruising Lear Jet.
- Ellen Pearlman, The Brooklyn Rail

The Extras DVD also features new music radio personality John Schaefer interviewing Kline about this commission and the final work. In Schaefer’s thoughtful, probing 34 minute interview conducted in Kline’s home studio, the composer discusses this major commission, thoughts on his overall concept, studio techniques, and surround sound influences ranging from performing in a rock band in a junior high gymnasium to his love for the music and spatial experiments of Charles Ives.

Finally, the Extras DVD contains a montage of related production photos, including studio shots where most of the music was performed, created, and mixed.

Schaefer also wrote the Introduction found in the 24-pg. booklet, describing Daze as a “wide-ranging, remarkable musical journey.” He concludes, “what Phil Kline has done is unprecedented.”

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DVD ONE

The Housatonic at Henry Street
For Ives the river of life, running right by my window.
Electronica and tape orchestra. Field recording: Henry Street at Rutgers, evening in July.

Svarga Yatra
An uphill climb. It might mean Stairway to Heaven in Sanskrit.
Performed by Ethel (Todd Reynolds and Mary Rowell, violins, Ralph Farris, viola, Dorothy Lawson, cello) with tape choir.

The Maryland Sample
A madrigal about love and science, bitterness and bees.
Performed by Kamala Sankaram (vocals) and Phil Kline (vocals, strings and percussion). Field recording: bug zappers on Nicola Teslas porch

Pennies from Heaven
The trickle down theory. Everything is falling. Every time it rains it rains.
Tape orchestra

On the Waterfront
This is not a recording, but something happening right now in Istanbul.
 
Luv U 2 Death
Death hastened by technology. And our love become a funeral pyre.
Wagner Liebestod
 
The Wailing Wall
The pull of the moon. A blind man tries to describe it.
Vocals by Phil Kline
 
Grand Etude for the Elevation
The importance of height: I can see my house from here.
Violinistics by Todd Reynolds
 
Prelude
Departing, the end begins.
Bach Prelude in B flat minor. Field recording: Tuesday morning, Zurich station.

The Housatonic at Dzanga
The mystery of red mercury, observed by a million gray parrots.
Electronica and tape choir. Field recording: the watering hole at Dzanga, Central African Republic (Louis Sarno)

DVD One Total Time: 65:17 | Introduction: John Schaefer

DVD TWO

MEDITATION (run as fast as you can)
music video by Phil Kline

Interview with John Schaefer

Production Photos

Total Content: 110 min.
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