It's not that the May episode of the if:book Podcast is delayed. It's just that we have renamed today the 36th of May. This month's guest is Michela Ledwidge from the amazing Mod Productions discussing remix literature and the extraordinary ACO Virtual, an interactive installation featuring the Australian Chamber Orchestra that allows you to become the conductor you always wanted to be.
Links to the stuff we discuss in situ:
- Mod Productions
- ACO Virtual (A finalist in the SXSW Interactive Awards for 2014)
- Jaron Lanier
And cool stuff we found on the internet:
What is this? Suddenly if:book's all hoity toity and we're not wasting ten minutes discussing the music?
Well, the featured artist this month takes its cue from ACO Virtual with an artist you may have heard of—Johann Sebastian Bach—and the first Allegro movement from his Concerto No.2 in C for 2 Cembalos. It's kind of chamber music.
This concerto, scored for two harpsichords, two violins, viola and continuo, and lasting around 19 minutes, is probably the only Harpsichord Concerto by Bach that originated as a harpsichord work. The first version was for two instruments unaccompanied (BWV. 1061a,in the manner of Italian Concerto, BWV. 971) and the addition of the orchestral parts may not have been by Bach himself. In fact, the strings only appear to augment cadences.
The recording and description comes to us via the good people at Musopen, a non-profit providing recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions.
And the reason we never quite got around to talking about it? Well, we already waited until the 36th May. How much longer did you want to wait?