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,
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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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
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.
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.
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
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:
as fast as you can)
by Phil Kline
Interview with John Schaefer
Total Content: 110 min.
NTSC All Region