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Volume 21 Issue 4 - December 2015/January 2016

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What's a vinyl renaissance? What happens when Handel's Messiah runs afoul of the rumba rhythm setting on a (gasp!) Hammond organ? What work does Marc-Andre Hamelin say he would be content to have on every recital program he plays? What are Steve Wallace's favourite fifty Christmas recordings? Why is violinist Daniel Hope celebrating Yehudi Menuhin's 100th birthday at Koerner Hall January 28? Answers to all these questions (and a whole lot more) in the Dec/Jan issue of The WholeNote.


FOR OPENERS | DAVID PERLMAN On Earlids –The Absence Thereof “Our ears are constantly on the alert” says the voice, as the camera cuts away from the sunstreaked interior of the dilapidated Ontario barn. “This adventure with Murray Schafer made me sharply aware that while we may have eyelids we have no earlids. The deaf alone know a world of total silence and isolation.” The voice belongs to Yehudi Menuhin (whose 100th birthday will be celebrated at Koerner Hall January 28), narrating one particular segment of The Quiver of Life, part one of the eight-part documentary series, The Music of Man, filmed and broadcast in the late 1970s. It is an episode that has stuck in my mind ever since I first saw it, in 1978. In it, Schafer walks Menuhin through the fields and woods of Schafer’s farm, alternately talking and stopping to listen: “This is what I would call a hi-fi soundscape in which the signal to noise ratio is very favourable,” Schafer says. “There are very few noises here and therefore every sound that is around us can be heard at a great distance...The city by contrast is really a very low-fi soundscape – that is to say there are so many noises that it is very hard to determine what the signals are. It’s very confusing. Here...if we stand here we can hear sounds from all around us, at a very great distance.” A few moments further on, the two of them are seated at opposite ends of a rough-hewn seesaw, in the middle of the barn, providing the motive power for a giant sound sculpture created, Schafer says, expressly for Menuhin’s visit. Their mutual glee in that moment is unforgettable, their laughter inextricably interwoven with the endless complexities of tone and overtone generated by Schafer’s great mad sound machine. What had sent me scurrying off to YouTube to find The Quiver of Life was the coincidence of hearing the same “no earlids” phrase spoken twice, by two different people, on back-to-back days, Monday November 7 and Tuesday November 8. Schafer himself spoke the words on the Monday. On the Tuesday, they were spoken at the Palmerston Library Theatre, just before leading her audience out on a blindfolded “sound walk” in the rain, by Jessica Thompson whose resume describes her as an assistant professor in Hybrid Practice at the University of Waterloo, and whose passion is investigating “spatial and social conditions within urban environments through interactive art-works situated at the intersection of sound, performance and mobile technologies.” Thompson knew she was quoting Schafer and can doubtless trace in detail the connections (and disconnects) between her own work and his. The Monday event at Gallery 345 was a concert/gala in Schafer’s honour, hosted by New Music Concerts – a benefit to raise funds for the re-release by CentreDiscs of a 1978 recording of a Schafer opera called Loving/Toi completed in 1965. The Tuesday event at the Palmerston library was the third of four in a series of events called New Music 101, presented by the Toronto New Music Alliance (and hosted by me), designed to take new music into new places – in this case into the Toronto Public Library system. This particular little essay comes to no grand conclusions. But at this particular time of year where the low-fi din of piped so-called “seasonal music” makes most of us wish we had earlids, it’s worth thinking about the idea that the difference between sound and noise (the one being musical and the other not) resides as much in the freshness of the listening we bring to things, as in the things we listen to. We wish you in the new year an infinite capacity for delight. 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