Jonny Greenwood

Jonny Greenwood’s weekend in Poland [UPDATED]

Jonny Greenwood at the Sacrum Profanum Festival in Poland. September 11, 2011
Jonny Greenwood at the Sacrum Profanum Festival in Poland last night.

Jonny Greenwood had quite the weekend in Poland. On Friday night, his reworking of Krzysztof Penderecki’s “Polymorphia” entitled “48 Responses to Polymorphia” was premiered at the European Culture Congress in Wroclaw. Greenwood was part of a concert event which also included Aphex Twin celebrating Penderecki’s work. Here’s a description written before the event:

The programme of two concerts in Wroc?aw includes three compositions by Penderecki: “Polymorphia for strings”, “Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima” and “Canon for strings”. All these works, written for strings (in the latter case, for strings and tape delay), come from 1960-1962, the avant-garde years of the composer’s life. Both Aphex Twin and Jonny Greenwood will invoke just that period in their music. “Polymorphia” – performed for the first time 50 years ago – has become their source of inspiration. Aphex Twin is composing “Polymorphia Reloaded” while Jonny Greenwood – “48 Responses to Polymorphia”; both compositions will have their world premiere in Wroclaw.

On Sunday night, Jonny performed at the opening concert at the Sacrum Profanum Festival in Kraków. The week-long festival offers a retrospective of some of composer Steve Reich’s most iconic works, as well as newer additions. Jonny performed Reich’s “Electric Counterpoint,” a composition written in 1987 with three movements: “Fast,” “Slow,” and “Fast.”

After the jump, you can view Friday’s night’s performance of Jonny’s “48 Responses to Polymorphia” as well as an interview with him about Penderecki.

UPDATE: You can now watch a video of Jonny’s performance of “Electric Counterpoint” here.


Aphex Twin

Richard D. James (aka Aphex Twin) did a recent interview with Kludge Sound magazine and was asked about Radiohead:

Would you play with Radiohead?
No. I wouldn’t play with them since I don’t like them. It’s hard enough to go on tour with a band you like and see them play the same songs every night. It’s even worst if you don’t even like them.

Read the rest of the interview…
(thanks to Dean & Heikki)


Liam and Richard D. James speak up about Radiohead

In a recent interview with the NME, Liam Gallagher of Oasis spoke about the band’s upcoming album:

“It’s punk rock. And moody. And well done, proper – none of that weird fooking Radiohead bollocks, none of that indie fooking rubbish. It’s the Pistols and the Beatles, man – it’s us.”

In a seperate interview with, Richard D. James (aka Aphex Twin) brought up Radiohead:

(Translated from German)
Your music was very influential. One of the more outstanding artists, who said they were influenced by your music, is Radiohead. Did you listen to one of their latest Albums ?Kid A? or ?Amnesiac??
I don?t like them. I heard about five or six songs and considered them really crappy!
Yeah! Predictable and crappy! I mean, I?m simply comparing them to my favourite music, and in comparison to that it?s horrible! Compared with all that shitty boring R&B-stuff it?s probably ok. Compared to these teenage punk bands ? or whatever you?re supposed to call them – , which consider themselves being really anarchistic and stuff, they?re probably great! If one is suspended solely to things like that and then comes Radiohead?you probably think they?re geniuses!
{thanks to Zach & Kid.A}

Kid A Radiohead tour

Aphex Twin talks about Radiohead

In a small interview with AudioGalaxy, Richard D. James (aka Aphex Twin) comments on Radiohead:

James is asked, “It is widely known that Radiohead’s Kid A was widely influenced by your music, in particular ‘Come As you Are’…What do you think of their new stuff and other contemporaries?” His response: “Well they widely agreed to pay me 70% of the widely royalties so, Im not complaining.”

Read the rest of the interview… {thanks to Michael}

Support for Belfast
Warp Records has the Anti Pop Consortium opening up for Radiohead at the September 14 and the as-of-yet announced second show on September 15 in Belfast. The Anti Pop Consortium will also open for Radiohead in Stockholm, Oslo, and Berlin. {thanks to Neil}