An Experiment in Multidisciplinary Teaching – Palatine funded project (2006)
Frank Zappa and musical theatre: ugly ugly o’phan Annie and really deep, intense, thought-provoking Broadway symbolism. (Published in the inaugural edition of “Studies in Musical Theatre” Journal 2006)
Twist n’ frugg in an arrogant gesture: Frank Zappa and the musical-theatrical gesture. ( Published ‘Popular Musicology Online” March 2008)
In 1967 Zappa took this process a stage further, by interspersing an entire album Lumpy Gravy (1967) – which makes extensive use of an orchestra – between the more centripetal rock forces of Absolutely Free (1967) and We’re Only in it for the Money (1968)
A process he repeated with Orchestral Favourites (1979) ( Between Sheik Yerbouti (1979) and Joe’s Garage Act I (1979)).
And later - London Symphony Orchestra Volume 1 (1983) (Between The Man from Utopia (1983) and Them or Us (1984)).
Towards end of life recorded three orchestral albums – a profound centrifugal gesture.
The impact of musical ‘tradition’ on the interpretation of the work.
Art Music related philosophical concepts - ‘The ‘Big Note’
“ All the material in the albums is organically related and if I had all the master tapes and I could take a razor blade and cut them apart and put it together again in a different order, it still would make one piece of music you can listen too”.
Constantly rearranged earlier compositions as outlined above
Constantly included recorded samples of earlier recordings in ‘new’ works.
“ This collection is not chronological”, - any band from any year can be (and often is) edited to the performance of any other band from any other year – sometimes in the middle of a song” (Taken from YCDTOSA Volume 4, 1988)
Procedure that fuses music, performances and musicians from different time, spaces and places.