Monday, 28 December 2020

Tom Waits ‎– Mule Variations (1999)

Style: Blues Rock, Contemporary Jazz, Folk
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Anti-, Epitaph

Tracklist:
01.   Big In Japan
02.   Lowside Of The Road
03.   Hold On
04.   Get Behind The Mule
05.   House Where Nobody Lives
06.   Cold Water
07.   Pony
08.   What's He Building?
09.   Black Market Baby
10.   Eyeball Kid
11.   Picture In A Frame
12.   Chocolate Jesus
13.   Georgia Lee
14.   Filipino Box Spring Hog
15.   Take It With Me
16.   Come On Up To The House

Credits:
Producer – Kathleen Brennan, Tom Waits

I once took a poetry workshop taught by a guy called Ed Dorn. You may have heard of Ed Dorn. He's a fairly famous guy, as poets go, and he's written his fair share of well- known poems. The first day of Dorn's poetry workshop consisted of him delivering a sometimes scathing and mostly nonsensical monologue that veered from Roman aqueducts to the Russian poet Akhmatova to indigenous North African peoples. The main thrust was one simple point: nobody has written a truly great poem over the course of the last fifty years, and if anyone is going to write the one great poem of the last quarter of the twentieth century, it was not going to be one of us sophomore- year poetry scrubs. Sorry, it just wasn't.

I'd like to take this opportunity to extend Ed Dorn's admonition to the bulk of Pitchfork's readership, and to amend it thusly: neither will any of you write a song as good as Tom Waits' very worst song. Sorry, you just won't. And to reach the levels of one of his very best songs, you'd have to spend the next twenty years training with ninjas in a high mountain monastery, travel from there to Haiti to have bizarre Voudun rites performed over your writing hand, and then sell your soul to Satan for good measure. Better get started.

So far, reviews of Mule Variations have been mixed, ranging from shameless hero worship (yeah, yeah, like this one), to jaded critics claiming that Waits hit his songwriting peak with 1985's Rain Dogs. Some guy recently told a friend of mine that he didn't like Mule Variations because "I saw Waits play in San Francisco in the late '80s, and I just wasn't that into it, cuz I liked Waits better when he was a ballad singer." What does that mean? I have one theory about those dissing Mule Variations: they know in their hearts what Ed Dorn and I have just told you, and crying out "He's slipping!" is a backhanded way of claiming equality with one of the world's greatest living performers.
Zach Hooker / Pitchfork

Kid Baltan, Tom Dissevelt, Henk Badings, Dick Raaijmakers ‎– Popular Electronics: Early Dutch Electronic Music From Philips Research Laboratories (1956 - 1963) (2004)

Style: Abstract, Modern Classical, Experimental, Electroacoustic
Label: Basta

Kain en Abel
1-01.   Henk Badings - Introduction / Dance / Dance of the Destructive Forces 
1-02.   Henk Badings - Conflict, Conclusion, Transition 
1-03.   Henk Badings - Passacaglia 
1-04.   Henk Badings - Arioso 
1-05.   Henk Badings - Conflict, Reprise (Arioso)
1-06.   Henk Badings - Conflict, Finale 
1-07.   Kid Baltan - Song of the Second Moon (Version 2) 
1-08.   Kid Baltan - Night Train Blues 
1-09.   Kid Baltan - Colonel Bogey 
Evolutionen
1-10.   Henk Badings - Overture 
1-11.   Henk Badings - Air 
1-12.   Henk Badings - Ragtime 
1-13.   Henk Badings - Intermezzo 
1-14.   Henk Badings - Waltz 
1-15.   Henk Badings - Finale 
1-16.   Tom Dissevelt - Whirling (Sonic R-Entry) 
1-17.   Tom Dissevelt - Syncopation (Orbit Aurora) 
1-18.   Tom Dissevelt - Drifting (Moon Maid) 
1-19.   Tom Dissevelt - Vibration (The Visitor from Inner Space) 
1-20.   Kid Baltan - Mechanical Motions ( The Ray Makers) 
1-21.   Tom Dissevelt - Intersection (Twilight Ozone)

Concert Music
2-01.   Dick Raaijmakers - Tweeklank (Contrasts) 
2-02.   Dick Raaijmakers - Pianoforte 
Film Music
2-03.   Henk Badings - Variations Électroniques 
2-04.   Dick Raaijmakers - Achter De Schermen 
2-05.   Dick Raaijmakers - Fuel for the Future 
2-06.   Dick Raaijmakers - Bekaert: Het Andere Woord Voor Staaldraad 
Sound Scenery
2-07.   Dick Raaijmakers - Ein Reiterstück 

Fantasy In Orbit
3-01.   Tom Dissevelt - Ignition 
3-02.   Tom Dissevelt - Atlantic 
3-03.   Tom Dissevelt - Spearhead 
3-04.   Tom Dissevelt - Zanzi 
3-05.   Tom Dissevelt - Anchor Chain 
3-06.   Tom Dissevelt - Tropicolour 
3-07.   Tom Dissevelt - Gamelan 
3-08.   Tom Dissevelt - Woomerangs 
3-09.   Tom Dissevelt - Waltzing Mathilda 
3-10.   Tom Dissevelt - Pacific Dawn 
3-11.   Tom Dissevelt - Gold and Lead 
3-12.   Tom Dissevelt - Mexican Mirror 
3-13.   Tom Dissevelt - Seconds to Eternity 
3-14.   Tom Dissevelt - Re-Entry 

Alternate Versions
4-01.   Kid Baltan - Song of the Second Moon (Original Version)
4-02.   Tom Dissevelt - Syncopation (Alternate Version) 
4-03.   Tom Dissevelt - 12-Tone Composition for The Skymasters 
4-04.   Tom Dissevelt - Intersection (Early Version) 
4-05.   Tom Dissevelt - Tropicolours (Early Version) 
4-06.   Tom Dissevelt - Waltzing Mathilda (Early Version) 
Tunes
4-07.   Tom Dissevelt - Quiz Tune for VARA Television 
4-08.   Dick Raaijmakers - Limburg's National Anthem
4-09.   Dick Raaijmakers - Bell Tune 
4-10.   Dick Raaijmakers - Coppélia Tune 
4-11.   Dick Raaijmakers - Sign Tune 
4-12.   Dick Raaijmakers - STER Tune 1 
4-13.   Dick Raaijmakers - STER Tune 2 
4-14.   Dick Raaijmakers - STER Tune 3 
4-15.   Dick Raaijmakers - STER Tune 4 
4-16.   Dick Raaijmakers - STER Tune 5 
4-17.   Dick Raaijmakers - STER Tune 6 
4-18.   Dick Raaijmakers - STER Tune 7 
4-19.   Dick Raaijmakers - STER Tune 8 
4-20.   Dick Raaijmakers - STER Tune 9
Sound Examples
4-21.   Henk Badings - Sound Examples - Group 1 
4-22.   Henk Badings - Sound Examples - Group 2 
4-23.   Henk Badings - Sound Examples - Group 3 
Sound Materials
4-24.   Kid Baltan - Tape Loop with Basic Rhythm 
4-25.   Kid Baltan - Tape Loop with Rhythm and Bass Pattern 
4-26.   Kid Baltan - Arpeggio's with Echo 
4-27.   Kid Baltan - Figure Moving Downwards, Leading into Whistle Melody with Echo 
4-28.   Dick Raaijmakers - Electronic Boogie Woogie
Sound Material For 'Whirling'
4-29.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Opening Sequence 
4-30.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - First Melody 
4-31.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - First Melody Transposed 
4-32.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Chord of Combined Sounds 
4-33.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Bass Pattern 
4-34.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Rhythm Loop with Bass Pattern 
4-35.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Variant 
4-36.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Chord Sequence with Sine Wave Tones 
4-37.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Second Melody 
4-38.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Arpeggio with Echo 
4-39.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Transposed Piano Chord Sequence 
4-40.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Same as Above with Overdub 
4-41.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - First Melody, Variant 
4-42.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - First melody, Canonic Setting 
4-43.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - First melody, Canonic Setting, Different Version 
4-44.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Fast Broken Chord Sequence
4-45.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Closing Sequence with Echo 
4-46.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Chord of Combined Sounds, Noise Effect 
4-47.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Reversed Echoing Piano Chords, Continuation 
4-48.   Tom Dissevelt - Background Texture for Quiz-Tune 
4-49.   Tom Dissevelt - Multi-Layered Laughter
Sound Material For 'Syncopation'
4-50.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Basic Melody 
4-51.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Reversed Chords, Leading into Melodic Continuation
4-52.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Fast Transposed Piano Chord Sequence 
4-53.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Second Melody 
4-54.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Bass Pattern with Rhythm Loop 
4-55.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Fast Transposed Piano Chord Sequence with Echo
4-56.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Repeated Figure with Echo 
4-57.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Short Oscillator Glissandi 
4-58.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Second Melody, Electronically Chopped, with Echo
4-59.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Short Oscillator Glissandi with Echo, Leading into Broken Chord Sequence
4-60.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Reversed Chord Sequence 
4-61.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Closing Chord Sequence, Leading into Glissando Upwards
4-62.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Broken Chord Sequence with Echo and Background
4-63.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Mixture of Upward Glissandi, Leading into High Electronic Sound
4-64.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Sequence of Three Complex Electronic Glissandi Chords with Echo
Sound Material For 'Drifting'
4-65.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Space Effect No.1 
4-66.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Two Alternating Chords with Echo 
4-67.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Melody with Electronic Bell Sounds 
4-68.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Percussive Chord Sequence 1 
4-69.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Bass Pattern 
4-70.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Chord Sequence No.2 
4-71.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Repeating Tympani-Like Tone 
4-72.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Repeating Harp Figure 
4-73.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Bass Pattern 
4-74.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Retro-Chord Sequence 
4-75.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Melody with Amplitude Modulation 
4-76.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Bass Pattern No.3 
4-77.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Space Effect Cross Fading into Alternating Chords 
4-78.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Sustained Chord 
4-79.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Repeating Pentatonic Figure 1 
4-80.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Space Effect No.2 (Sine Tone Glissandi)
Sound Material For 'Vibration'
4-81.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Sequence No.1 
4-82.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Sequence No.2 
4-83.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Space Effects with Echo 
4-84.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Optical Siren (Sound Color Melody) 
4-85.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Noise Attacks
4-86.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Sequence No.3 
4-87.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Sequence of Chords with Retros 
4-88.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Sequence No.4 
4-89.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Sequence No.5 
4-90.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Rhythmic Tape Loop 
4-91.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Chord with Retro and Amplitude Modulation 
4-92.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Metal Sound with Echo 
4-93.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Bass Pattern No.1 
4-94.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Chord Sequence Cut-Out Sounds 
4-95.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Bass Pattern No.2 
4-96.   Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Same Pattern, High Pitched
4-97.   Fred Judd - Spoken Letter from Fred Judd to Tom Dissevelt
Credits:
Author – Dick Raaijmakers, Henk Badings, Kees Tazelaar, Rudie Kagie
Producer, Mastered By, Edited By – Kees Tazelaar