Rothenberg, David / Whale Music
Album: Whale Music   Collection:General
Artist:Rothenberg, David   Added:Jul 2008
Label:Terra Nova Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2008-08-10 Pull Date: 2008-10-12 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Oct 12 Oct 5 Aug 24 Aug 17
Airplays: 1 1 1 3

Recent Airplay
1. May 03, 2016: does radio suck?
Beluga No Believe In Tears
4. Jan 13, 2010: Lost Verses
The Killer
2. Aug 27, 2014: minimum entropy
Beluga No Believe In Tears
5. Nov 07, 2009: Music Casserole
Beluga No Believe In Tears
3. May 24, 2014: Music Casserole
Whiteness Of The Beast
6. Jul 29, 2009: B-Side Sub
Valentine's Day 1992

Album Review
Your Imaginary Friend
Reviewed 2008-07-31
Yup, whale sounds mixed with experimental sparse avante jazz bass-clarinet heavy music. Needless to say the whales sound altogether flatulent and moaning, high pitched squeals and low end bubbling, so the whole thing is pretty weird. Environmental sounds, especially (“save the”) whales tend to bring to mind new age’y pap, massage music, or worse. So this stuff works because it mostly avoids that. Trippy and cool, compiled from field recordings of a wide variety of species across the world.

1) kinda new agey and ambient
2) scronky clarinet reminds me of Clock DVA
3) slow and dark clarinet melodies
4) a cool pulsing tribal rhythm, whale sounds aren’t so much in the front
5-6) really sparse, weird, could be mixed in with some drone or spoken word
7) interesting guitar/percussive (?) tones
8) high pitched bows and squeals, pretty violin
9) very “field” feeling
10) rhythmic, a cool tape loop feel creates a good beat
11) nice solo clarinet work
12) lyrics: male vocals “the world’s last whale”, dark and brooding and slightly smokey smarmy

Track Listing
1. Valentine's Day 1992   7. Moby Click
2. Never Satisfied   8. And She Married A Whale
3. The Far Field   9. Myagostrov, In The Deep
4. Whiteness Of The Beast   10. Beluga No Believe In Tears
5. Due Orcananda   11. Koholaa!
6. The Killer   12. The World's Last Whale