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“No Lims Sky”

By Elliott Sharp

Composed and performed by Elliott Sharp; recorded at Studio zOaR, New York. Copyright ©2012 zOaR Music, BMI
 

Elliott Sharp has been a key figure in New York City’s avant-garde music scene for over 30 years. He has released more than 85 recordings ranging from orchestral music to No Wave rock and has collaborated with musicians such as Debbie Harry and the Kronos String Quartet. The subject of Bert Shapiro’s 2008 film Doing the Don’t, Sharp was a 2010 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in music.

Esopus 18 (Spring 2012)
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Esopus CD #18: Slonimsky’s Thesaurus

Lexicographer, musicologist, composer, conductor, and pianist Nicolas Slonimsky (1894–1995) is celebrated for his many contributions to the world of contemporary music, but perhaps none has matched the influence of his 1947 book, the Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns. Containing more than 1,300 scales and progressions (including “palindromic canons,” “sesquitone scales,” and “infra-ultrapolations,” many devised by Slonimsky himself), the 244-page tome has inspired musical luminaries ranging from John Coltrane to Frank Zappa; Aaron Copland once told Slonimsky, “Now if I am stuck for an idea, all I have to do is consult your book.”

For its 18th compilation CD, Esopus invited a diverse group of musicians and composers to choose a scale or pattern from the Thesaurus to use as the basis for a brand-new song. The resulting CD proves that Slonimsky, whose life was in large part devoted to encouraging and promoting the efforts of contemporary musicians and composers, continues to influence, inspire, and provoke.

VIEW PATTERNS OR SCALES CHOSEN BY CONTRIBUTORS

TRACK LIST

 
01
Willy Mason
The Night Ride of the Street Sweeper
 
02
Carl Stone
Label’s Table
 
03
Nina Violet
For You I
 
04
Horse Feathers
New Monitions
 
05
Cat Martino
Radial Brief
 
06
Richard Einhorn
Etude for Piano: Pentatonics
 
07
Elliott Sharp
No Lims Sky
 
08
Andrew Bird
Scale #1184
 
09
Mary Lorson
Joyce II (An Etude on Meditation)
 
10
Lee Ranaldo
Sesquitone: One into Four