Bradyworks, Quatuor Molinari

My 20th Century

CD + DVD-Video
2 discs

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My 20th Century
Strumming (Hommage à John Lennon) (2005), 10m46s [excerpt]
Track 1 from My 20th Century
CD: Ambiances Magnétiques (2009) AM 189
  • CD
    1 disc
  • +
  • DVD-Video
    1 disc

My 20th Century CD and DVD is a multimedia extravaganza from composer/guitarist Tim Brady in collaboration with video artists Martin Messier and Oana Suteu. Linking the history and the music of the 20th century in a single music/video narrative, the four strikingly original compositions are paired with four spectacular videos to create a new and intensified musical experience in this new Ambiances Magnétiques release.

Strumming is for multiple guitars, and uses a single musical gesture (strumming) and a single video image (the hand of a person strumming a guitar) to slowly build up a trance-like series of chords, melodies and visual textures.

Traces is a strongly jazz-inflected work for guitar, piano, percussion, saxophone and sampler which pays hommage to jazz guitarist Charlie Christian, and which combines with Martin Messier’s extraordinary video creation, based on the 2 million letters in the DNA source code.

Hommage à Rosa Luxemburg (Casino Adagio) is a slow, haunting work for string quartet and electronic soundscape, played beautifully by Montréal’s Quatuor Molinari, and placed in counterpoint to Oana Suteu’s evocative images of Île-aux-Coudres and the Casino du Lac-Leamy.

Double Quartet is the most ambitious piece on the CD, a 3-movement work reflecting on the life of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, and his home town of St. Petersburgh. Combined with archival footage, and impressive and unexpected images of present-day St. Petersburgh, this 30-minute work speaks not only of the tragic history of the city, but also of the strength and determination which it has shown in the past. —Tim Brady, July 2009

Track Listing

  • CD-Audio

    • 1
      Strumming (Hommage à John Lennon) (Brady / Brady, Messier) (2005)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      10m46s
    • 2
      Traces (Hommage à Charlie Christian) (Brady / Messier) (2005)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      10m47s
    • 3
      Hommage à Rosa Luxemburg (Casino Adagio) (Brady / Brady, Suteu) (2003)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      19m05s
    • 4
      Double Quartet (Hommage à Dmitri Chostakovitch) (Brady / Messier) (2005)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      30m08s
      • 4
        Impossible Pizzicato Machine
        • 2.0
          • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
        7m53s
      • 5
        An Infinity of Four
        • 2.0
          • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
        9m38s
      • 6
        Hocket, Canon, Fugue
        • 2.0
          • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
        12m37s
  • DVD-Video

    • 1
      Strumming (Hommage à John Lennon) (Brady / Brady, Messier) (2005)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      10m46s
    • 2
      Traces (Hommage à Charlie Christian) (Brady / Messier) (2005)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      10m47s
    • 3
      Hommage à Rosa Luxemburg (Casino Adagio) (Brady / Brady, Suteu) (2003)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      19m05s
    • 4
      Double Quartet (Hommage à Dmitri Chostakovitch) (Brady / Messier) (2005)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      30m08s
      • 4
        Impossible Pizzicato Machine
        • 2.0
          • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
        7m53s
      • 5
        An Infinity of Four
        • 2.0
          • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
        9m38s
      • 6
        Hocket, Canon, Fugue
        • 2.0
          • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
        12m37s
Total duration: 70m59s