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Tom Johnson - correct music PDF Print E-mail
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populist records, a small Los Angeles based record label, just released Tom Johnson - correct music, a CD that includes no less than four premiere recordings: Eggs and Baskets, Tilework for Violin, Tilework for Viola, and Squares: didactic music for a solo instrument. 

Andrew Nathaniel McIntosh plays the violin and viola in all these pieces and also in the Rational Melodies collection, with guests Douglas Wadle (narration) and Brian Walsh (clarinet). Liner notes written by Samuel Vriezen, who has been writing about and performing Tom Jonhsonn’s music for many years.

“Andrew Macintosh's recording of the Rational Melodies is more virtuosic than the previous three, and he is the first to record Tilework for Violin, Tilework for Viola, Eggs and Baskets and Squares. If this CD of correct music is indeed ‘correct,’ this is not only because it is written with precise algorithms, but also because it is performed so carefully.” (Tom Johnson, August 2012.)


Cows, Chords and Combinations PDF Print E-mail
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Cover Cows, Chords and Combinations, music by Tom Johnson, performed by Ensemble Klang

In Cows, Chords and CombinationsEnsemble Klang, a fine young septet based in The Hague plays some well known Rational Melodies, the often performed Narayana’s Cows, the less often performed 844 Chords and the brand new Vermont Rhythms, written specifically for Klang, following rhythms calculated by mathematicians at the University of Vermont.

The fold-out CD includes a comprehensive 16-page booklet with detailed liner notes by Samuel Vriezen, photographs, multiple score samples and biographies. The outstanding cover design is the work of Studio Duel

Orgelpark Color Chart PDF Print E-mail
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For his 70th birthday concert at Orgelpark in Amsterdam in 2010, Johnson studied the note C in all the octaves and all the registers of the four pipe organs in this unique concert hall and wrote this one-note piece, his only drone music.

Cover Orgelpark Color Chart

Orgelpark Color Chart is a limited and hand numbered edition of 500 copies in an elegant and original design by the recently formed edition Mazagran Records. Digital version available in Bandcamp.

An Hour For Piano PDF Print E-mail
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An early minimalist piano piece (1973) that still maintains its freshness today. The interpretation of R. Andrew Lee is calmer than the one by Frederic Rzewski and comes out at almost exactly 60 minutes.

Published by Irritable Hedgehog, the publishing imprint of David D. McIntire.


Tilework for Flute [free audio download] PDF Print E-mail
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Nothing I can say here will clarify the tilework idea more vividly than this piece, where one hears how four simple tiles can criss-cross in so many ways. Michael Schmid is the flutist with Ensemble Ictus in Brussels, and he developed his impressive almost memorized performance of Tilework for Flute in a series of Ictus concerts. It seemed like a fine idea to include a good recording of this piece, with me reading the texts, so when Schmid came to Paris in November 2008, we made a date with Daniel Deshays in Châtillon to make this studio recording.

Tom Johnson, Paris September 2010  

Listen to Tilework for Flute, played by Michael Schmid  

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