Adam Cook

Pianist/composer/etc.

NEW UPLOAD: FRANCOIS COUPERIN: LES BARICADES MISTERIEUSES

I have recorded my current interpretation of Couperin’s enigmatic Baricades. (This changes with the tides, and is effectively different every time it is performed.) I believe that the piece may have been intended as (among other things) a sort of étude in lyricism and gentle rubato, as manifest on a contemporaneous instrument lacking touch-sensitivity. Through experimentation I have been led to believe that the piece’s compositional intent is enriched by the player’s ability to gently voice and prioritise certain lyrical fragments found within its structure. (I originally intended to highlight these on the score that accompanies the work, but later decided to leave this alone, not wanting to coerce the listener’s reception.)

Les baricades mistérieuses comes with its own mythology, which you may begin to delve into through its own Wikipedia page, as well as this article.

My goal with this short project was to present an interpretation which succeeded in discovering, but never exceeding, the various expressive limits contained within the piece’s celebrated microcosm. I hope, at the very least, that you are haunted - if not by the interpretation, then at least by the composition itself, and perhaps also the sense of the occult that has grown around it.



MORE WORK WITH MAX RIEBL; VIDEOS

Countertenor Max Riebl and I have been working hard, and here are the videos to prove it.

These have been produced with the assistance of Chapel off Chapel, and by Robert and Sean at Sweet Baritone.

The two EPs that Max and I have made together, es kümmert mich nicht and Skyfall, are available here.

(You can also stream them here.) (and here.)

I’ve included the rest of our filmed material on a playlist, just in case you like the new stuff and want to hear more.



chippysthedoggy has his first record

Released 1st Dec 2018, written 8th Jan 2019

My rather apocryphal, time-travelled alter-ego has spent about four years developing advanced skills in an obscure bit of Japanese freeware created by genius among men Daisuke Amaya (Pixel).

The software is called pxtone. Read about it here - download it here (not for the faint-of-mouse).

The EP is called the Canis Velpix EP. It is available on chippys’ bandcamp page; in the main menu of this website; by googling ‘canis velpix’; and many other ways that I won’t list here as I’ve just given you three and it’s late.

If it turns out you like chippys enough to declare it undyingly and unashamedly on faïcebouque, it’s here. He also has this birdy thing and this boxy thing that he never uses, but has been told to create. Go spare. Soundcloud is always nice, follow there first.

This music is a thorough departure from anything I have heard before: perhaps some of you are able to get in touch with suggestions of similar-sounding music?

Most of all, I hope you enjoy it. It took me years to make, but don’t stress - this oughtn’t be a reflection on your recognition of its inherently superior quality.

It contains the kind of adult references that you might not expect to find on my ordinarily polite website - so do go careful if you happen to be allergic.

Love, Adam (and chippysthedoggy)



Two new records with Maximilian Riebl - es kümmert mich nicht; Skyfall

One of the world’s great countertenors - and my good friend - Max Riebl and I have teamed up quite a bit this year and in the course of our work together, Max has created a couple of fantastic voice/piano EPs with muggins at the keyboard.

Recorded in two sessions at Move Records in Eaglemont, VIC, es kümmert mich nicht (subtitled BWV 2018) and Skyfall (BWV 2018: Part 2) are as below:


ADAM JAMES COOK - Live in Albany

Hi everyone,

My little homemade record called 'Live in Albany' and featuring the artwork of Dog Rock, as well as the music of J.S. Bach, is now available for free on bandcamp! Don't be fooled by expensive imitations.

Feel free to download it / stream it as you see fit.

These tracks are also available as videos.


J.S. BACH - PRELUDE AND FUGUE NO. V IN D MAJOR, BWV 850

Recorded in the Spooky Studio, Aug 28th, 2018.

This edition is based on the Bach-Busoni edition

To download this edition…


J.S. BACH - PRELUDE AND FUGUE NO. 12 IN F MINOR, BWV 857