Recently WXXI radio personality Brenda Tremblay interviewed Rochester composer, musician, and graphic designer DM Stith. Stith’s music has been used in the trailer for the motion picture “The Impossible.” In the interview, Stith describes how “little ditties” that he recorded as he was playing around on the piano ended up in a Hollywood movie.
Follow this link to hear the interview and to see the movie trailer
The 30 seconds of music in the trailer are just the latest of his accomplishments. Stith released his critically acclaimed first album, “Heavy Ghosts,” in 2009. According to the review of “Heavy Ghosts” in New Musical Express, “There’s a time between sleeping and waking that’s occupied by DM Stith – weaving our sleep with hypnotic spells, wild chorals, plucked strings and primitive keys.” In 2010, DM Stith toured with Sufjan Stevens.
His latest project is “The Revival Hour” along with JM Lapham http://www.facebook.com/therevivalhour
To find out more about DM Stith, visit his website www.dmstith.com.
Stith is a graphic designer as well as a musician. Here is one of his photographs of a local landmark cast in an eerie light.
Kodak tower of terror
Did you know that the Rochester Public Library is a great resource for new recorded music releases from today’s most popular artists? The Arts Division has a ton of new CDs. All you need is a library card! Here’s what’s new:
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
MR GALL HFB G 02
Raymond v Raymond
MR USHE RVR U 52
Cole World: The Sideline Story
by J. Cole
MR COLE-J CW C 82
by Nicki Minaj
MR MINA PF M 02
Now that’s what I call music 40
MR COLL NTW C 22
MR THOM-C CON T 02
Audio, Video, Disco
MR JUST AVD J 22
People and Things
MR JACK-M PT J 54
Chapter V: Underrated
MR JOHN-SY CF J 94
MR LOPE LOV L 02
Til the morning
MR SWEA TM S 64
Million Dollar Quartet
Original Broadway Cast Recording
K MILL MDQ E 00
The Best of Rascal Flatts: Live
MC RASC BRF R 92
MC ALAI WIL A 02
Jane Bunnett & Hilario Duran
MJ BUNN CR B 12
Jen Shyu & Mark Dresser
MJ SHYN SYN S 39
Hoping to find some new tunes at the library? We’ve got lots of hot new music CDs at the Central Library!
New Pop and Rock Title
Wake Up! by John Legend & the Roots
Lungs by Florence & the Machine
Weekend at Burnie’s by Curren$y
Universal Pulse by 311
Director’s Cut by Kate Bush
Damnesia by Alkaline Trio
Twisted Wires by Tesla
Join Us by They might Be Giants
Screaming Bloody Murder by Sum 41
Codes & Keys by Death Cab for Cutie
Whatever’s on your mind by Gomez
The light of the sun by Jill Scott
I am the dance commander + I command you to dance the remix album by Ke$ha
Gold cobra by Limp Bizkit
New Movie and TV Soundtracks
Treme Music from the HBO Original Series Season 1
Cars 2 Original Soundtrack
Faster Music from the Motion Picture
Rise of the Planet of the Apes Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Jig Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Transformers Dark of the Moon The Album
Sucker Punch Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Okay, so maybe you haven’t heard of Ozomatli before. Well, if you are looking forward to this summer’s music scene in Rochester you may have heard that Ozomatli is playing at Party in the Park this Thursday, June 23 at the Riverside Festival site. They will also be visiting Central Library’s Kate Gleason Auditorium on Thursday from 1:30 to 2:30 PM, to talk with kids about their music and their careers, before they head across the bridge to play at the City’s Party in the Park that evening. The band, which formed in 1995 in Los Angeles, plays primarily Latin, hip hop and rock music. NPR featured Ozomatli as their guest DJ on the Alt.Latino blog this week. Listen to La Meta – Ozomatli or check out Fire Away, their latest CD. We hope to see you here @ the library for this exciting event!
If you are interested in listening to the music from the royal wedding you can find many of the pieces at the Central Library in the Arts Division.
A selection of organ pieces was played before the service. Two outstanding pieces were, Fantasia in G (Pièce d’orgue à 5) by Johann Sebastian Bach and Veni Creator Spiritus by the Master of The Queen’s Music, composed by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.
Following the services were some orchestral pieces. Serenade for Strings in E minor Op. 20 (Allegro piacevole, Larghetto and Allegretto) by Edward Elgar was the first piece followed by Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Also heard was Farewell to Stromness by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring by Frederick Delius, Touch Her Soft Lips and Part from Henry V Suite by William Walton, Romance for String Orchestra Op. 11 by Gerald Finzi. and Rhosymedre. The Couple specifically chose Farewell to Stromness, Touch Her Soft Lips and Part and Romance for String Orchestra Op. 11 as they were played at the Service of Prayer and Dedication for The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in 2005. Last piece played before the Service began was Canzona from Organ Sonata in C minor by Percy Whitlock.
Prince William and Miss Middleton chose three of their favorite hymns for the Service, ‘Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer’, words by William Williams, music by John Hughes; ‘Love Divine All Love Excelling’, words by Charles Wesley and music by William Penfro Rowlands; ‘Jerusalem’, hymn by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry with words by William Blake.
One of the last pieces played was Blest pair of Sirens with words by John Milton from At a Solemn Musick, and music by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry.
An additional piece was composed for the recessional and is not available yet. This piece was Fanfare by the Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force. The Fanfare, called Valiant and Brave, is by Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs, Principal Director of Music in the Royal Air Force.
Royal Wedding: The Official Album
Many patrons (and even some staff) have a difficult time trying to decipher the system used to organize Central Library’s recorded music collection. The ANSCR (Alpha-Numeric System for Classification of Recordings) system is used to organize our collection of music compact discs, cassettes and LPs instead of the Dewey decimal classification system. In the Library catalog, the call number for these formats is a series of letters and numbers in four groups. Each group is called a “term.”
What an ANSCR call number looks like:
For Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
On the computer: [CD] MA BEAT SPL B 28
On the label of the item:
SPL (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely)
B 28 (Beatles 28)
Explanation of the four terms:
Term 1: Letter or letters representing one of the ANSCR categories for a type of music.
Term 2: The first four consecutive letters of the composer’s surname, performer’s surname, author’s surname, title, or topic
Term3: Initial letters of the first three significant words of the title, or the first three consecutive letters of a one-word title
Term 4: First letter of the performer’s surname followed by the last two digits of the recording company’s production number
For more information on the ANSCR Classification System for sound recording click on the link below or ask a knowledgeable staff person in the Arts Division, we are always happy to help you!