Phil Kline collaborated with photographer Nan Goldin on the soundtrack for her Ballad of Sexual Dependency and was a member of Glenn Branca’s legendary guitar ensemble. His music ranges from the widely acclaimed song cycle Zippo Songs (Canteloupe, 2004) to Chinook, an outdoor boombox piece presented at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Kline has received grants and awards from the American Composers Forum, Meet the Composer, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Virgil Thomson Foundation.
The 11 contributors to our 13th compilation CD were invited to turn one of the predictions of 16th-century astrologer Nostradamus into a brand-new song. Most scholars agree that his four-line prophesies (quatrains) are more poetic than prophetic, utilizing language that is oblique enough to support any number of different interpretations. The resulting tracks—some somber, some surprisingly buoyant—all celebrate that poetry, reveling in the ambiguity of their source material while allowing it to reverberate in a musical context.