alyosha's dream

Arvo Pärt - Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten

I don’t know very much of Benjamin Britten (I heard a bit of War Requiem and wasn’t that fond of it), but this might be one of the best modern minimal compositions, Arvo really knows how to get so much out of string sections.

I finished reading Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot today, and this piece feels very appropriate.

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi - Stabat Mater in F Minor

Pergolesi was a fine young Baroque era fella, who unfortunately died in the same year that he released this piece of sacred music, at the astounding age of 26. Knowing he wrote this monolith of a work while being just 3 years older than myself makes me feel like a slobby, slacking chump in comparison.

George Fredric Handel - “Faith display her rosy wing” (from Susanna, Part III, Scene 1)

 I have been reading about Handel, and he was somewhat of an anomaly in that he wrote almost purely secular oratorios, he was only Lutheran in title, and he wasn’t anywhere near as deeply religious as Bach. Despite this, he wrote some of the best chorale music of his time and arguably ever. He was a rare case of a man with supreme musical genius who also had the business sense, confidence, and pride to back up all of his masterwork music, which allowed him to keep the company of kings, dukes, and all the rest of the highest ranked members of society in his time while still producing music on par with the likes of Bach.

The Impressions - Fan the Fire
 (1981)

gotta love kazoo sounds.


I’m not dead. I just don’t enjoy this site very much these days. I might post some occasional music from YouTube or a brief life update if anything interesting comes up. I’m probably one of the few non-reblogs on your dashboard, humorously enough, and I post once every 3rd moon after every third Wednesday.

My days consist of listening to Bach, writing down comedy ideas, sitting in on open mics Tuesday nights at the comedy club downtown, being a general hermit,  and I recently picked up King Lear by good ol’ Will Shakespeare.

This video, by the way, is a really cool modular synth rendition of Gnossienne No. 1 by Erik Satie. I think the best genre of music would be old classical played on modular synths.

felt like making an old dragon quest type cave theme.

Haydn - Piano Sonata in G Minor

been listening to the Richter version of this a lot while reading.

got caught up today making this 2D beat-em-up sounding electronic track. I really like the bass synth I made for it.

Drexciya - Sighting in the Abyss

If you prefer Super Nintendo to Sega Genesis, you won’t fuck with this song as hard as you should.