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Speed Dating / Applebaum

Release Date: 02/23/2018 
Label:  Innova   Catalog #: 996  
Composer:  Mark Applebaum
Performer:  Mark ApplebaumTakao Hyakutome
Conductor:  Eduardo LeandroTerry Longshore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stony Brook Chamber PlayersSouthern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mark Applebaum has never been one to shy away from making connections, even odd ones. In fact, one could argue that’s what composing is all about. In his latest assemblage, Speed Dating, five smartly absurd works (three of which deal with history in some wry fashion) are presented for your kind consideration. The album opens with a tip of the hat to pioneering soundpoet Charles Amirkhanian, who in 1972 famously made a rhythmic tape piece out of the words rainbow, chug, bandit, and bomb. In Applebaum’s Three Unlikely Corporate Sponsorships, he uses his own voice contrapuntally, ranting ever more hilariously about the injustices of the world today. Biting socio-political commentary has rarely been more foot tapping. Applebaum reached into his Read more home storage space and fired up eight classic analog synths from the 80s. Skeletons in the Closet uses a randomizing digital Max patch to operate on these dusty treasures, no doubt frustrating purists while delightfully mangling the past. In Clicktrack, a dozen percussionists make a quiet Cageian racket, following precise rhythms in their headphones while the audience hears scratchy noises and fragments of text. The humorous and provocative album is vintage Applebaum; not for the unprepared. Especially the third track, Halliburton, that comes with a Parental Advisory warning for strong language. Read less

Works on This Recording

Three Unlikely Corporate Sponsorships by Mark Applebaum
Performer:  Mark Applebaum (Voice)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2016; United States 
Skeletons in the Closet by Mark Applebaum
Performer:  Mark Applebaum (Synthesizer)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2009; United States 
Speed Dating by Mark Applebaum
Conductor:  Eduardo Leandro
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stony Brook Chamber Players
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014; United States 
The Plate of Transition Nourishes the Chameleon Appetite by Mark Applebaum
Performer:  Takao Hyakutome (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992/1994; United States 
Clicktrack by Mark Applebaum
Conductor:  Terry Longshore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2015; United States 

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