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Ball: Method Music (Navona Records: NV5860) Double CD, Enhanced


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Lawrence Ball is a composer with over 150 scored compositions and 3,000 recorded piano improvisations. Lawrence has composed in a wide range of idioms and genres, including Turkish sax music, music for Sufi meditation groups, piano improvisations, symphonies, multimedia installations, and auto-generated music. He has performed in the U.S., Canada, Latvia, Lithuania, Italy, Switzerland, France, ... Read more in Amazon's Lawrence Ball Store

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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Lawrence Ball
  • Audio CD (31 Jan 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Enhanced
  • Label: Navona Records
  • ASIN: B006CAXQ3U
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,219 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Imaginary Sitters: Meher Baba Piece 5:09£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Imaginary Sitters: Sitter No. 9 5:08£0.59  Buy MP3 
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Listen  1. Imaginary Galaxies: Galaxy No. 1 (for the late Syd Barrett)20:13Album Only
Listen  2. Imaginary Galaxies: Galaxy No. 2 (for tha late Hugh Hopper)20:13Album Only
Listen  3. Imaginary Galaxies: Galaxy No. 3 (for the late Gyorgy Ligeti)20:13Album Only

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Meditative yet propulsive. Structured yet sprawling. Gossamer yet muscular. Inspired yet meticulously constructed. METHOD MUSIC by Lawrence Ball is all of these and more, a double album of highly adventurous electronic music by a master innovator of algorithmic composition. But this album possesses a unique and illustrious lineage that, despite the clear difference in style and genre, connects it to one of the most famous works in the rock music repertoire the ideas behind METHOD MUSIC are both the outgrowth and the foundation of the legendary LIFEHOUSE project by Pete Townshend, the conceptualizer and co-producer of the album, and presents a theoretical system of musical portraiture in which a listeners personal data is translated into a unique composition. Utilizing the conceptual underpinning first implemented in The Whos Baba ORiley (a track initially part of the original LIFEHOUSE project, and one mirrored on the opening cut of METHOD) along with Balls own computerized compositional system called Harmonic Maths, Townshend, with Ball and programmer Dave Snowdon, created a website called The Lifehouse Method which turned this theory into reality. While active during 2007-2008, the website offered users the ability to instantaneously create a customized piece of music, and during its run generated over 10,000 unique works based on the users own individual characteristics and personal traits. What you hear on METHOD MUSIC evolved from the tests conducted by Ball and Townshend, which proved the viability of The Lifehouse Method system. Disc One, Imaginary Sitters, features a disparate set of portraits designed to showcase the potential diversity of the Method, while Disc Two, Imaginary Galaxies, expands the forms into larger structures with greater permutations, variables, and variety.

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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Ditta on 19 Nov 2012
Format: Audio CD
I REPEAT LOAD OF CRAP,.ON 1USA REVIEWS 1WOMAN WAS PLAYING THIS WILE HER DOG WAS DYING SO IT COULD DIE IN PEACE?MY GOODNESS SUCHALOAD OF RUBBISH HOW CAN ANY1BUY THIS KIND OF USELESS MOOSIC?SAVE YOUR MONEY THESE RICH OL FARTS SHOVE OUT GODKNOWS WAHT@EXPECT TO US TO BUY IT.KEEP AWAY I MEAN YOUVE HEARD THE TERRIBLE MP3 HAVENT YOU?SO ARE YOU ILL DO YOU WANT THIS CRAP PLAYING ON YOUR CD SYSTEM?MY GOODNESS THE RUBBISH THATS OUT THERE?GO@BUY@QUEEN HITS 1/2 BELIVE YOU/ME YOUR GUNNA BE BETTER OFF THAN THIS PILE OF CRAP.I WONDER WHO COMES UP WITH THESE SILLY SSTUPID IDEAS MOOSICALS I SHOUILD OF KNOWN IT WAS MR TOWNSENDS FRIEND @LOAD OF TOILET PAPER USED.
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Lawrence Ball Is A Creative Genius 1 Mar 2012
By Kathleen L. Shenk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love Method Music so much. I feel, when I listen to it, as if I am plugging into a dimension that allows my creativity to flourish. I highly recommend it to all you Creators here and everywhere!

Lawrence was on my radio show, Kate Loving And The Collective Wisdom, Blog Talk Radio, and something he said about the CD struck me.

He said that we are moving into a time of great change, known as 2012, and that his music reflects the help we are receiving from galactic sources.

I used his music from the CD to help my dog pass over, and I also use it as I create products for my Internet business. As mentioned, it fosters a climate for Divine Innovation.

Thank you, Lawrence!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Method without Madness 5 Mar 2012
By Digital Chips, Inc. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm generally suspicious of mathematically-generated music. A lot of what I've heard sounds academic, mechanical, and lifeless. Not so with Lawrence Ball's compositions Imaginary Sitters, and Imaginary Galaxies.

The liner note attempt to explain in part the algorithms (harmonic math) behind the music, but it really doesn't matter. What counts is that Method Music works.

Ball worked with Pete Townsend (of the Who), who produced this two-disc set. Disc one is a set of short, five-minute Imaginary Portraits, created by feeding data about the subject into a computer, which then used the Method Music algorithms to convert them into sound.

The first track, Meher Baba Piece is a morphing variation on the opening to the Who's hit Baba O'Riley. Almost as soon as the listener recognizes it,though, the theme starts to stretch and change.

The remaining portraits (ten out of a much larger set), are similar in structure. All are electronic works, and have a basically tonal structure. Superficially, they sound like the minimalist compositions of Steve Reich, with repeated motives gradually moving out of phase with each other. But there's more to it than that.

Although I couldn't say exactly what Method Music was, I could decidedly hear it at work. These pieces have an underlying logic to them that's different than minimalism. And that logic is apparent throughout the pieces. This is highly organized music that's moving towards a goal - although it's getting there through an unfamiliar path. People who enjoy contemporary classical music as well as progressive and experimental rock should find common aesthetic ground in Imaginary Sitters.

Imaginary Galaxies, which makes up the second disc of the set, might appeal more to the classical rather than the rock listener. Although the compositional organization is the same, these are much larger and complex works. Each of the three pieces runs about twenty minutes. The pacing is slower, and the changes are more subtle. Timbre becomes more important, and if Imaginary Sitters were painted with primary colors, Imaginary Galaxies would be a wider spectrum of pastel and blended colors.

Ball writes, "I hope the listener feels as if held in a sonic cradle, watching an intricate musical mobile." It's an apt description, and I certainly did.
Deep, rich and soothing 2 Mar 2012
By Cynthia Marshall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm familiar with Lawrence's work and have liked it for a long time. But this album represents something new and wonderful. I would call Lawrence's music ambient and repetitive, usually piano or computer-generated and very hypnotic. This new double album has a new layered richness to it -- I find it very emotional and otherworldly in a good way. Beautiful sounds from a deep place, with much more heart in it. Imaginary Sitters is very lively and uplifting, while Imaginary Galaxies is calming and transcending. A beautiful album for helping bring yourself to a grounded, healed place.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Method Music by Lawrence Ball is magnificent! 12 Mar 2012
By C. Hollifield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I absolutely LOVE this album. It's so soothing. I've used it while meditating. Well worth the price.
I've been listening to it for close to 3 weeks now.
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