Alex Raichev

Cuckoo

Cuckoo from Friday Afternoons by Benjamin Britten performed here by the Toronto Children's Chorus.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2017-08-06
Tags: music
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s'Rothe Zäuerli

s'Rothe Zäuerli by Öse Schuppel featured in the soundtrack of the The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2017-08-06
Tags: music
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Fern Hill

Now as I was young and easy under the apple boughs
About the lilting house and happy as the grass was green,
The night above the dingle starry,
Time let me hail and climb
Golden in the heydays of his eyes,
And honoured among wagons I was prince of the apple towns
And once below a time I lordly had the trees and leaves
Trail with daisies and barley
Down the rivers of the windfall light.

And as I was green and carefree, famous among the barns
About the happy yard and singing as the farm was home,
In the sun that is young once only,
Time let me play and be
Golden in the mercy of his means,
And green and golden I was huntsman and herdsman, the calves
Sang to my horn, the foxes on the hills barked clear and cold,
And the sabbath rang slowly
In the pebbles of the holy streams.

All the sun long it was running, it was lovely, the hay
Fields high as the house, the tunes from the chimneys, it was air
And playing, lovely and watery
And fire green as grass.
And nightly under the simple stars
As I rode to sleep the owls were bearing the farm away,
All the moon long I heard, blessed among stables, the nightjars
Flying with the ricks, and the horses
Flashing into the dark.

And then to awake, and the farm, like a wanderer white
With the dew, come back, the cock on his shoulder: it was all
Shining, it was Adam and maiden,
The sky gathered again
And the sun grew round that very day.
So it must have been after the birth of the simple light
In the first, spinning place, the spellbound horses walking warm
Out of the whinnying green stable
On to the fields of praise.

And honoured among foxes and pheasants by the gay house
Under the new made clouds and happy as the heart was long,
In the sun born over and over,
I ran my heedless ways,
My wishes raced through the house high hay
And nothing I cared, at my sky blue trades, that time allows
In all his tuneful turning so few and such morning songs
Before the children green and golden
Follow him out of grace.

Nothing I cared, in the lamb white days, that time would take me
Up to the swallow thronged loft by the shadow of my hand,
In the moon that is always rising,
Nor that riding to sleep
I should hear him fly with the high fields
And wake to the farm forever fled from the childless land.
Oh as I was young and easy in the mercy of his means,
Time held me green and dying
Though I sang in my chains like the sea.

~ Dylan Thomas, 1945

I set the beginning of this poem to music. These days i play the tune faster at about 52 beats per minute.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2016-05-27
Tags: poem, Thomas, music
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Wintergatan Marble Machine

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Video sourced from YouTube here.

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Video sourced from YouTube here-o.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2016-04-01
Tags: video, music
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Electrified

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Video sourced from YouTube here.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2015-12-25
Tags: video, music
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Ingenue

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Video sourced from YouTube here.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2015-04-12
Tags: video, music
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Kotche

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Ramayana Monkey Chant.

Video sourced from YouTube here.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2014-02-24
Tags: Bali, video, music, monkey chant, drums
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Kechak

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Ramayana Monkey Chant.

Video sourced from YouTube here.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2014-02-23
Tags: Bali, video, music, monkey chant
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Idioteque

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I haven't seen enough. You haven't seen enough.

Video sourced from YouTube here.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2013-10-30
Tags: video, music
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Jag Mandir

'Jag Mandir' is a documentary by Werner Herzogabout a grand cultural performance in Udaipur, India. One of the dance and music acts of the performance contains a funky rhythm that i've adapted to drum set and call 'Jag Mandir'. Here is a lo-fi mobile phone recording of me playing it:

Jag Mandir

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-04-24
Tags: beatlog, music, drums
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