the Music in Angry Violist issue 4

This is a bit belated, but anyway: here’s youtube clips to illustrate all the music I mentioned in Issue 4 of the zine.

from the interview with Vicki Aspinall of The Raincoats
Fairytale in the Supermarket, The Raincoats (1979)

from the Krautstringsampler
The Birth of liquid plejades, Tangerine Dream (1972)

Aumgn, Can (1971)

Requiem für einen wicht, Hölderlin (1971)

She came through the chimney, Amon Düül (1970)

Folk versus punk article
American folk versus European folk: how Irish folk ditty Shule Aroon became the American folk song Johnny has gone for a soldier
Shule Aroon:
Johnny has gone for a soldier:

See also, “My country, tis of thee” which is the American version of the British national anthem, “God save the queen”. I’ve not posted links here because they are both unspeakably awful. Here’s the Sex Pistols version of reappropriating God save the queen (1977) instead:

About being a messy musician
Ron Asheton, the anti-Steve Vai, playing on the Stooges’ Dirt (1970)

Venus in Furs, Velvet Underground (1967)

Chinese White, Incredible String band (1967)

**Dirt sounds incredible against the Tangerine Dream track – play them both at once!

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South East London zine fest

I will be tabling at the brand-spanking new South East London zine fest on 12th November, 12-6pm. This particular zine fest has the added boozy appeal and convenience of being held in a PUB — namely, the Amersham Arms in New Cross.

I would like to add here that the first and only time I’ve been to New Cross was when I had an audition at Goldsmiths College nearby. I was 18 and it was the first time I had been to London (I’m from the North). I got on the fast train from Preston at 5am and spent the 3-4 hour long trip jammed between my viola case on one side and a big man in a suit on the other, unable to move my legs.

In London I got on the wrong tube. Then I got on the right tube train, but my viola case got trapped in the tube train doors as they closed. Then a man with flaking skin on his hands tried to fondle my hands. I arrived at the audition sweating from the heat and traumatised, totally messed the whole thing up and failed to get into my beloved Goldsmiths. I only wanted to go there because of John Cale and the Young British Artists, anyway.

Yup. I’m hoping for a more fun day in New Cross this time. Harumph.

Here’s a flyer designed by Kathryn Corlett:

Issue five out now!

Run out of viola-based reading matter? Well, turn that frown upside down mister because Issue Five of Angry Violist zine is out now!

This issue has a technicolor cover and is 34 pages long This issues’s theme is (vaguely) psychology.

Inside you’ll find

  • Punk rock viola outreach: a self-help guide for when you are musically lost, alone and have no-one to turn to
  • Is experimental string playing the new rock’n’roll/punk rock? A brief history of alarming classical music
  • The noise rainbow
  • Cornelius Cardew and the Scratch Orchestra
  • Graphic scores and psychology
  • Sports psychology for musicians
  • Heroes and all-stars of string-playing
  • RIP Billy Bang
  • And much more less
You can get it at the Camden Zine Fest where I’ll be tabling, or from my Etsy shop.