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@Percussion 281 - Michael Laurello

April 22, 2021


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Hosts: Casey Cangelosi, Ben Charles, and Ksenija Komljenović, Karli Viña
Intro music by Reese Maultsby -

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0:11​ intro
0:45​ today in history: composer Ethel Symth’s birthday, her work The March of the Women
5:00​ Welcome Michael Laurello!
6:04​ Michael’s work, Spine
14:38​ qualities in performers that make the collaboration process more rewarding
16:18​ Michael’s favorite collaborations
18:06​ new work for Jeff Stern: “I always visit the same imaginary city when I dream” for prepared vibraphone and electronics
20:40​ ear training for composers and recording engineers
23:21​ new trends in recording expectations for performers and composers
27:24​ Ben rant asking if recordings have ruined music, authenticity in recording
29:19​ recording skills that students should be learning
35:47​ San Francisco Classical Voice article, Freelancers on the Edge: How They Are Making It During Shutdown
41:20​ how video editing fits into Michael’s work and the ability to control as a recording engineer
43:40​ Glenn Gould’s take on recording vs. live music
51:27​ Ksenija story about “cello” vs. “cello” in Serbian
52:35​ studying with John McDonald, David Lang, Martin Bresnick, and Chris Theofanidis
55:25​ Ben’s rant about music notation
1:00:17​ Michael’s musical influences: Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Brad Mehdau, Meshuggah, Tool, Debussy, Ravel, medieval music (hocket, isorhythm)
1:02:28​ Michael’s new piece for percussion quartet and chamber orchestra