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"Blue" Gene Tyranny - Degrees Of Freedom Found
"Blue" Gene Tyranny - Degrees Of Freedom Found
"Blue" Gene Tyranny - Degrees Of Freedom Found
"Blue" Gene Tyranny - Degrees Of Freedom Found
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Recorded between 1963-2019, Degrees Of Freedom Found is a six CD set “Blue” Gene Tyranny hand selected from archival, live recordings, and brand new first recordings before his passing in 2020. Part new album, part retrospective, this box offers a fresh perspective on “Blue” Gene Tyranny’s musical legacy. Blue’s career defining moment, composing the music for Robert Ashley’s magnum opus, Perfect Lives, typifies the Buddha-like self-effacement of his musical life. Often lending a substantial supporting role to his friends’ more visible projects, Blue’s music under his own name blossomed in a more esoteric and highly personal manner outside of the spotlight. Across its many previously unreleased recordings, Degrees Of Freedom Found showcases a surprising, extroverted side of Blue’s music, alongside the virtuoso works of sensitive spirit for which New Music devotees have long revered him.

Press

The Quietus
A Moment Alive: Degrees Of Freedom Found By Blue Gene Tyranny Reviewed
by Ned Raggett


All Compositions, Robert Sheff (BMI), Except For “On The Road To Blountstown (A True Story)” By Leroy Jenkins and Mary Griffin, Used by Permission

Notes By “Blue” Gene Tyranny, transcribed by Sime Viduka

Volume One Production, “Blue” Gene Tyranny and Tom Hamilton
Volumes Two–Six Production, “Blue” Gene Tyranny and Philip Perkins
Production Assistant, Sime Viduka
Mastering, Stephan Mathieu
Executive Producer, Tommy McCutchon

Color Photography, Philip Makanna
B&W Photography, Pat Kelley
Design, D.Norsen



6CD BOX SET TRACK LIST

DISC 1
  1. A Letter from Home, the basic chords, improvisation for one pianist (Live at Roulette, New York, December 1, 2004)
  2. Spirit, for piano, natural and artificial harmonics (Live at Roulette, New York, December 1, 2004) 
  3. The 36 Chords from The Driver’s Son, improvisation for one pianist (Live at Roulette, New York, December 1, 2004)
  4. The Invention of Memory, piano introduction (Live at Roulette, New York, December 1, 2004) 
  5. Time Transposing Pianist (A Letter from Home, vertical version) [Live at Roulette, New York, March 27, 1992] 
  6. Leroy Jenkins & Mary Griffin - On the Road to Blountstown, a true story (from "Coincidents") [Live at Roulette, New York, May 3, 2001]
DISC 2
  1. Dreamtime: In the Past (1980) 
  2. Dreamtime: In the Outback (1980)
  3. Dreamtime: Blue Moon Rye (1986)
  4. Tango for Band (1985) 
  5. Any Fine Afternoon (1983) 
  6. Meditation, for trio and chamber orchestra, two performances mixed together (1963, 1993) 
  7. Sleeping Beauty in Camouflage (1992)
DISC 3
  1. The Driver’s Son, Intro (Live at Roulette, New York, May 7, 1999) 
  2. The Driver’s Son, Scene I: Tim Disappears, John Follows the Clues (Live at Roulette, New York, May 7, 1999) 
  3. The Driver’s Son, Scene II: The Happy Landing (Live at Roulette, New York, May 7, 1999) 
  4. The Driver’s Son, Scene III: Trooper Ralph (Live at Roulette, New York, May 7, 1999) 
  5. The Driver’s Son, Scene IV: The Center of My Universe (Live at Roulette, New York, May 7, 1999) 
DISC 4
  1. The Driver’s Son, Scene V: The Desert (Live at Roulette, New York, May 7, 1999) 
  2. The Driver’s Son, Interlude (Live in Philadelphia, November 15, 1990)
  3. The Driver’s Son, Scene V (Live in Philadelphia, November 15, 1990)
  4. He Was Here (1998) 
  5. The De-Certified Highway of Dreams (Live in Missoula, MT, October 10, 1992) 
  6. The Great Seal (Live in New York, April 30, 1990) 
DISC 5
  1. Barn Fever (Live at Jacob’s Pillow, July 14, 1984) 
  2. Tango for Two (1984) 
  3. We All Watch the Sun and the Moon (for a Moment of Insight) [Live at Cooper Union, New York, May 8, 1992] 
  4. Daylight Savings (1980s) 
  5. Driving Music (1991) 
  6. Leading A Double Life (1986) 
DISC 6
  1. Confession (Live at Roulette, New York, April 15, 2010) 
  2. Excerpts from Archaeocoustics #1 (The Shining Net) [1977] 
  3. Wooden Nickels (Live at the Canterbury House, Ann Arbor, MI, 1968) 
  4. How To Swing A Dog (Live at Dance Theater Workshop, New York, Oct 3, 1984) 
  5. Mary Griffin & "Blue" Gene Tyranny - Recollections, Songs from Aphasia: The Word (Live at Roulette, Brooklyn, April 13, 2016) 
  6. Mary Griffin & "Blue" Gene Tyranny - Recollections, Songs from Aphasia: Speech (Live at Roulette, Brooklyn, April 13, 2016) 
  7. Mary Griffin & "Blue" Gene Tyranny - Recollections, Songs from Aphasia: The Road Trip (Live at Roulette, Brooklyn, April 13, 2016) 
  8. Mary Griffin & "Blue" Gene Tyranny - Recollections, Songs from Aphasia: Orpheus (Live at Roulette, Brooklyn, April 13, 2016) 
  9. Harvey Milk (Portrait) [1979]
  10. That Then, Now This (Live at Merkin Hall, New York, April 1, 1991) 
  11. The Forecaster Hopes (2019) 

Catalog No: UW035CD

Recorded between 1963-2019, Degrees Of Freedom Found is a six CD set “Blue” Gene Tyranny hand selected from archival, live recordings, and brand new first recordings before his passing in 2020. Part new album, part retrospective, this box offers a fresh perspective on “Blue” Gene Tyranny’s musical legacy. Blue’s career defining moment, composing the music for Robert Ashley’s magnum opus, Perfect Lives, typifies the Buddha-like self-effacement of his musical life. Often lending a substantial supporting role to his friends’ more visible projects, Blue’s music under his own name blossomed in a more esoteric and highly personal manner outside of the spotlight. Across its many previously unreleased recordings, Degrees Of Freedom Found showcases a surprising, extroverted side of Blue’s music, alongside the virtuoso works of sensitive spirit for which New Music devotees have long revered him.

Press

The Quietus
A Moment Alive: Degrees Of Freedom Found By Blue Gene Tyranny Reviewed
by Ned Raggett


All Compositions, Robert Sheff (BMI), Except For “On The Road To Blountstown (A True Story)” By Leroy Jenkins and Mary Griffin, Used by Permission

Notes By “Blue” Gene Tyranny, transcribed by Sime Viduka

Volume One Production, “Blue” Gene Tyranny and Tom Hamilton
Volumes Two–Six Production, “Blue” Gene Tyranny and Philip Perkins
Production Assistant, Sime Viduka
Mastering, Stephan Mathieu
Executive Producer, Tommy McCutchon

Color Photography, Philip Makanna
B&W Photography, Pat Kelley
Design, D.Norsen



6CD BOX SET TRACK LIST

DISC 1
  1. A Letter from Home, the basic chords, improvisation for one pianist (Live at Roulette, New York, December 1, 2004)
  2. Spirit, for piano, natural and artificial harmonics (Live at Roulette, New York, December 1, 2004) 
  3. The 36 Chords from The Driver’s Son, improvisation for one pianist (Live at Roulette, New York, December 1, 2004)
  4. The Invention of Memory, piano introduction (Live at Roulette, New York, December 1, 2004) 
  5. Time Transposing Pianist (A Letter from Home, vertical version) [Live at Roulette, New York, March 27, 1992] 
  6. Leroy Jenkins & Mary Griffin - On the Road to Blountstown, a true story (from "Coincidents") [Live at Roulette, New York, May 3, 2001]
DISC 2
  1. Dreamtime: In the Past (1980) 
  2. Dreamtime: In the Outback (1980)
  3. Dreamtime: Blue Moon Rye (1986)
  4. Tango for Band (1985) 
  5. Any Fine Afternoon (1983) 
  6. Meditation, for trio and chamber orchestra, two performances mixed together (1963, 1993) 
  7. Sleeping Beauty in Camouflage (1992)
DISC 3
  1. The Driver’s Son, Intro (Live at Roulette, New York, May 7, 1999) 
  2. The Driver’s Son, Scene I: Tim Disappears, John Follows the Clues (Live at Roulette, New York, May 7, 1999) 
  3. The Driver’s Son, Scene II: The Happy Landing (Live at Roulette, New York, May 7, 1999) 
  4. The Driver’s Son, Scene III: Trooper Ralph (Live at Roulette, New York, May 7, 1999) 
  5. The Driver’s Son, Scene IV: The Center of My Universe (Live at Roulette, New York, May 7, 1999) 
DISC 4
  1. The Driver’s Son, Scene V: The Desert (Live at Roulette, New York, May 7, 1999) 
  2. The Driver’s Son, Interlude (Live in Philadelphia, November 15, 1990)
  3. The Driver’s Son, Scene V (Live in Philadelphia, November 15, 1990)
  4. He Was Here (1998) 
  5. The De-Certified Highway of Dreams (Live in Missoula, MT, October 10, 1992) 
  6. The Great Seal (Live in New York, April 30, 1990) 
DISC 5
  1. Barn Fever (Live at Jacob’s Pillow, July 14, 1984) 
  2. Tango for Two (1984) 
  3. We All Watch the Sun and the Moon (for a Moment of Insight) [Live at Cooper Union, New York, May 8, 1992] 
  4. Daylight Savings (1980s) 
  5. Driving Music (1991) 
  6. Leading A Double Life (1986) 
DISC 6
  1. Confession (Live at Roulette, New York, April 15, 2010) 
  2. Excerpts from Archaeocoustics #1 (The Shining Net) [1977] 
  3. Wooden Nickels (Live at the Canterbury House, Ann Arbor, MI, 1968) 
  4. How To Swing A Dog (Live at Dance Theater Workshop, New York, Oct 3, 1984) 
  5. Mary Griffin & "Blue" Gene Tyranny - Recollections, Songs from Aphasia: The Word (Live at Roulette, Brooklyn, April 13, 2016) 
  6. Mary Griffin & "Blue" Gene Tyranny - Recollections, Songs from Aphasia: Speech (Live at Roulette, Brooklyn, April 13, 2016) 
  7. Mary Griffin & "Blue" Gene Tyranny - Recollections, Songs from Aphasia: The Road Trip (Live at Roulette, Brooklyn, April 13, 2016) 
  8. Mary Griffin & "Blue" Gene Tyranny - Recollections, Songs from Aphasia: Orpheus (Live at Roulette, Brooklyn, April 13, 2016) 
  9. Harvey Milk (Portrait) [1979]
  10. That Then, Now This (Live at Merkin Hall, New York, April 1, 1991) 
  11. The Forecaster Hopes (2019) 

Catalog No: UW035CD

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