12. November 2013 · Comments Off on John Tavener 1944-2013 · Categories: Composers, Losses

I just read of Sir John Tavener’s death.

12. November 2013 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

My oboe better not buzz on F & Ab when I get it back.. I think it’s just a [name here] thing.

12. November 2013 · Comments Off on No, This Wasn’t Found In The Onion · Categories: Huh?, Read Online

… and no, I’ve never been accused of this!

A professional pianist in Spain and her parents are facing a seven-and-a-half year jail sentence for acoustic contamination and causing “psychological damage” to those living near her, a former neighbour claimed yesterday (Nov 11).

Prosecutors are also seeking to have the pianist banned from any profession involving a piano for four years, on top of a fine of €10,800 (S$18,100) and damages of €9,900.

The plaintiff, named only as Sonia B in the report carried in Spanish newspaper El Pais, sued Laia Martin for the stress she endured as the musician’s neighbour from 2003 to 2007 in Puigcerda, Girona. The trial is expected to conclude this week.

Medical records show that Sonia B suffered hearing damage, panic attacks and pregnancy problems due to the “environmental auditory stress” suffered during that period. Sonia B and her family eventually