Epic Rap Battle at BoFN

Yeah. Uh-huh. Check it out. This is what’s going down, see?

News flash! Things are really heating up at
over at the BoFN.
Dave and Arto got some issues.
There’s been some shoutin’ and more than a little scoffin’.
So head on over and check it out.
You might find yourself bemused or amused.
But trigger warning! It aint pretty over there,
especially if your soul’s easily abused.

Sunday Music & Bach & Ich Habe Genug

Johann Sebastian Bach’s aria “Ich habe genug.” Soprano Carolyn Sampson performs with the Bach Collegium Japan, directed by Masaaki Suzuki (2008). Embedding is disabled but worth a watch directly on the T’oobs. This seems to be the prettiest version out there.

Ich habe genug,
Ich habe den Heiland, das Hoffen der Frommen,
Auf meine begierigen Arme genommen;
Ich habe genug!
Ich hab ihn erblickt,
Mein Glaube hat Jesum ans Herze gedrückt;
Nun wünsch ich, noch heute mit Freuden
Von hinnen zu scheiden.
I have enough,
I have taken the Savior, the hope of the righteous,
into my eager arms;
I have enough!
I have beheld Him,
my faith has pressed Jesus to my heart;
now I wish, even today with joy
to depart from here.

Mahler & Symphony 2 & Movement 3 & Berio & Sinfonia & Movement 3

From Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no. 2 (“Resurrection”), the third movement. Georg Solti conducts the London Symphony Orchestra (1966). This is one of my favorite movements, in one of my favorite symphonies. Sound advisory: Do be advised of abrupt volume changes.

And now, as a follow up, one of the wildest, craziest pieces of music I know. Here, Luciano Berio uses Mahler’s third movement as the ambient background for the third movement of his own Sinfonia (1968-69). He creates a mind-blowing sound collage using overlaying voices (with snatches of text, mostly from Claude Lévi-Strauss and Samuel Beckett) and musical fragments that include Stravinski, Ravel, Beethoven and György Ligeti (whose music appeared in sequences of Kubrick’s 2001). Pierre Boulez conducts the Orchestre National de France, with Ward Swingle and the New Swingle Singers (1969). I find the effect kind of dreamlike. Judge for yourself!