Wooooooah, Astronome rules. If you like the sound of Mike Patton vomiting that is, and apparently I do.
i personally prefer the coughing and spitting ;)
i wish i was a guy so i could make noises like that, and get PAID for it. i'd make myself vomit for that.
anyway i'm listening to 'act one' now and i have to admit i was a little skeptical at first (i'm a complete stranger to john zorn, so if anyone wants to make any other recommendations with or without patton involved then i'm ALL EARS) but yeah i'm really enjoying it.
but a cardboard box cannot compete with the peeping tom packaging, sorry.
Well, the main problem with Zorn is that the man has done so incredibily much, in a great variety of genres. So the main thing is: what kind of music has your interest? If it's extreme stuff like Astronome your after, you should check out Naked city and Painkiller. The first is a mix of punk, death metal, freejazz and all kinds of popular music. Extremely postmodern: chaotic and humoristic. Painkiller is like a more intense, humorless verion of it.
But Zorn has also done a lot of music with a lot more focus on melody. First, there is Filmworks, a series of cinematic tune by Zorn. He has written some classical pieces as well, wich fall mainly in the 20'th century modern composing tradition. Think Varese, Boulez, Sch÷nberg.
The Zorn project I enjoy the most is Masada, Zorn's exploration of his Jewish roots. Initially it started as a quartet playing bebop/freejazz based upon Klezmer melodies (now known as accoustic Masada). Later Zorn has expanded the Masada family with a string trio (playing the tunes in a chamber music tradition), a rock band (electric Masda, check out there album At the mountains of Madness! great stuff, like a jewish version of Bitches Brew on speed) and lately he has written a second Masada songbook, called Book of Angels, wich are played by a different ensemble on each album.
And this is just a small take out of the man's oeuvre. So you will just have to explore for yourself. You'll love some stuff, hate other stuff. This website
is a handy guide in the realm of Zorn. Enjoy!
by the way, what is Womba?