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Jul 5, 2012 10:22am

PATTON OSWALT on impending fatherhood

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Mar 10, 2012 3:45pm


i wrote on these esteemed pages a year ago to talk about the incredible feeling of collaboration i was having with philip white as we embarked on a new project.

now i’m pleased to say thatR WE WHO R WEis killing it in full force, currently on a two week tour, and we’re in the midst of a really great residency program at High Concept Laboratories in Chicago. we just performed at the University of Chicago yesterday, and will be doing what looks to be a packed show here at HCL tonight.

and i’d like to announce ourN E W    T U M B L R !!!!

you heard me. here it is: rwewhorwe.tumblr.com

lots of meaningful-ass content up there. check it out!

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Dec 20, 2011 10:02pm

Isaiah Robinson sings KANYE WEST 9.2.05 from Katrina Ballads

Here’s a video from last year’s performance of KATRINA BALLADS at (le) Poisson Rouge. The text was spoken by Kanye West, live on NBC’s telethon to support the Katrina relief effort of the Red Cross, and will live on for a long time as an important cultural moment due to his now-infamous “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

My friend Isaiah Robinson, who I’ve known since high school, gives a really incredible performance.

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Aug 22, 2011 12:25pm


i’m really excited to have finished the recording for Parlor Diplomacy, the solo piano piece i wrote for Timo Andres this year. that guy is a monster. it’s always invigorating to write a very challenging piece for a performer who is dedicated to meeting the challenge.

this is the first of five movements. i posted the whole recording, along with some program notes, over here at my website.

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Mar 13, 2011 12:39pm

here is a preview of my new project with Philip White.

there’s more to come of this - we’ll be doing a half-hour set at Music with a View at The Flea Theater in Tribeca, on March 26.

lyrics, not that you can make them out, are from My Name Is by Eminem:

My brain’s dead weight
I lay awake
and strap myself in bed

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Feb 17, 2011 8:38pm


for the last few days i’ve been camped out at a cabin in gorgeous snow-covered barnard, vermont with my friend and fellow composer philip white. we’re spending our nights cooking steak and drinking bourbon — but our days are spent collaborating on a new piece we are writing and performing together.

it’s been totally invigorating. i’ve never been a part of such a successful collaboration, in that both of us are pulling each other in completely new directions, and the music we’re making is very different from anything we could have come up with on our own.

it’s caused me to think a lot about why i’m a musician.

i’m remembering that i don’t write music so i can get progressively better at “my thing,” so i can then develop a product that is easily recognizable and sellable to a wider and wider audience. i don’t want to try to manage my musical influences so they will always be combined into the most coherent package. i’m not on a quest to discover what “Works” in a composition, and then put my stamp on it.

i feel like the best way to challenge an audience might be to show them what challenges me. (not to show them what i’m so good at.) and the minute i feel like i’ve truly done something well in a piece of music, it’s time to find a new challenge to take on for the next piece. that may be a bad business model, but i think it works for art.

philip white is the technical director at issue project room. he grew up in rural south carolina and met my homies nathan koci and ron wiltrout down there in the paradise that is charleston (i think i will move there one day). he is an experimental musician in the true sense of the word — he’s redefined what he’s about several times over, following his interests as they develop — from a drummer (way back in the day) to a jazz guitar player to a composer of written music to an improvisor to an electronic musician who plays a highly volatile rig «see below» built around a triple feedback loop and several homemade circuits.

philip’s solo set at issue project room last fall was the most musical performance by a noise artist i’ve ever heard. granted, i’m not exactly a noise-music scenester, but that’s kind of the point — this music stood out to me; it was more than simply representative of a genre i wasn’t super familiar with.

we started collaborating last month, and since then, a) i’ve learned just how different his approach to composing is from mine; and b) his approach has seeped into my approach and helped me look at everything in a different light. and i’ll venture to say that my approach has influenced philip’s compositional process as well.

what’s the point of a collaboration if the person you’re collaborating with lives in the same artistic world as you?

we’ll be presenting our first collection of pieces, entitled R We Who R We, at kathy supove’s Music With A View festival, at The Flea Theatre in Tribeca, on march 26. can’t wait.

also, vermont is my favorite state.

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Feb 12, 2011 11:40am

When we awoke, it was to that familiar phrase: New Orleans dodged a bullet

video by Bill Morrison
music by Ted Hearne

this is some of Bill’s incredible work that was part of our performance of Katrina Ballads last summer at (le) Poisson Rouge. and that’s Nathan Koci on the french horn solo.

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Aug 17, 2010 9:34pm


a new film from SATAN’S PEARL HORSES

from Katrina Ballads

performed by Abby Fischer

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Aug 16, 2010 10:09am

here is something i’m working on

"When you divide something up, it’s not so easy to put it all back together."

-Edward Said, in conversation with Daniel Barenboim (from their book, Parallels and Paradoxes)

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Aug 11, 2010 11:56pm

Interlude 1 from Katrina Ballads 

film by Bill Morrison 

Katrina Ballads CD Release Performance - August 24th at (le) Poisson Rouge

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