ACME String Quartet: March 20, 2013 Society for Ethical Culture – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

April 1, 2013

[Photos by acidjack]

One of the missions of the Wordless Music Series is to help bring classical and contemporary music together by pairing rock and electronic artists with more conventionally classical  acts.  On this night at the Society for Ethical Culture, the ACME String Quartet joined Low (that recording here) for an incredible evening of music that began with a set of ACME performing a series of contemporary string pieces.  The group is well-known for avoiding the typical cloistered classical environments that are the province of their peers (they play Le Poisson Rouge with some frequency), nor do they hem themselves in to one genre, movement or style.  On this night, for example, the group performed two pieces by the modern American composer Ingram Marshall, followed by a piece from English composer Gavin Bryars involving a repeating blues vocal loop.  The set closed with “White Man Sleeps”, a fast-paced number by the post-minimalist South African composer Kevin Volans.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 microphones from the third row in the audience, in the center. As with the Low recording, there is a bit of analog hiss in the mix, which was reduced in post-production.  Enjoy!

Stream “White Man Sleeps”:

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ACME String Quartet
Society for Ethical Culture
New York, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK5 (3rd row, DFC, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Aerco MP-2>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition 3.0 (noise reduction, smooth peaks)>Audacity 3.0 (set fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Entrada [Ingram Marshall]
02 Fog Tropes II [Ingram Marshall]
03 [banter- band intro]
04 Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet [Gavin Bryars]
05 White Man Sleeps (excerpt) [Kevin Volans]

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2 Responses to ACME String Quartet: March 20, 2013 Society for Ethical Culture – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

  1. aa rolloff
    April 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    How Wonderful to the ACME on your tape list, a brief dip into jazz and now another into new music, great to see

  2. acidjack
    April 1, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Thanks! Hopefully a few more dips into jazz to come…

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