Posted on December 14, 2005 at 08:43 AM
Michael Kraskin and David Terry are up to something incredibly unique and interesting with Catalogue of Ships. David's text and Michael's compositions work symbiotically unlike radio I've heard yet. In this installment, David, who writes the text for the pieces tells the story of his incredibly unusual 21st birthday. The story, in and of itself, is wild, but David is interested in asking the bigger question, which is, what happens after you tell a great story over and over again? Often a story's repetition can erode one's sense of the integrity of that story and, consequently, the integrity of storyteller him or herself. Fortunately for David, his 21st birthday story was substantiated in equally unusual circumstances, which cancels out any doubt that David might have, in glacial fashion, embellished this story in its constant retelling. Michael's composition and scoring in this piece are impeccable. His music is almost always infectious; in this case, dark and playful at the same time. Tremendously stiumulating listening. Enjoy.