[NetBehaviour] pipa now

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Thu Jul 1 07:06:20 CEST 2021

pipa now


third attempt playing. I've recorded with the instrument before,
as all the nonsense below indicates. at the moment I'm working
with the Japanese _in_ scale in a rather messy way. I have no
idea whether this particular direction is worth pursuing. but i
do now and it is.

all, opting for nylon-wound pipa ade, and nylon a. all i can do
is play the pipa and struggle. never heard pipa or pipa solo,
certainly not this recent one. the pipa led me to classical
chinese music, the signature martial ambush work. using pickup
finger movements from classical pipa i crash-landed into pipa as
interference, pipa as accompaniment. finally a pipa solo with
some degree of distorted mastery. the pipa expresses martial
rage and untoward calming beauty.  through biwa, through pipa,
such beauty, more of biwa, i of pipa, eye of pipa. then during
the severe storms out here, pipa and hail and playing through a
migraine (visual distortion, light-headedness):

and turned, the pipa rising among the buddhas, we have heard,
we have been told, the pipa has a percussive, almost gritty
sound, phrases the sharp onset resonate with a mirrored world.
play the machiner sound of hurricane or the sound of traffic,
play the beauty of each note resonant through reverberation and
interference with every other, the loneliness of the distance of
its skyward curvature grounded with melancholy and precise

now the sound of the pipa as of forlorn, the

solo pipa which weather kept away
solo pipa which weather kept away
solo pipa which weather kept away

was the same solo pipa which weather kept away

the listing of its own music:

a accompaniment ade all almost ambush among and as away beauty
been biwa buddhas calming can certainly chinese classical crash
curvature degree distance distorted distortion do during each
every expresses eye finally finger for forlorn from gritty
grounded haev hail has have headedness heard here hurricane i
interference into is its kept landed led light loneliness
machiner martial mastery me melancholy migraine mirrored more
movements music never not note now nylon of one onset opting or
other out percussive phrases pickup pipa play playing precise
rage recent resonant resonate reverberation rising same severe
sharp signature skyward solo some sound storms struggle such the
then this through to told traffic turned untoward using visual
was we weather weight which with work world wound

to be read to the tune of pipanow.

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