Below are lists of videos of artists and links to books and sheet music that The OK Factor is inspired by as they create together. O&K hope you'll find a nugget of inspiration to ignite creativity on your quest to endless creativity and adventure.
In no particular order, the folks that O&K can't stop listening to.
Natalie Haas and Alasdair Fraser
The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Danish String Quartet
Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native
I'm With Her
Hanneke Cassel with Mike Block
The Silk Road Ensemble
A little light reading to supplement your music making.
FOLKSONGS OF ANOTHER AMERICA
A timely and fascinating anthology of Midwestern folk music that shows how 'American' folk music isn't really from America at all.
Challenging and considerably broadening popular and scholarly definitions of American folk music, Folksongs of Another America recovers the diverse, multilingual traditions of immigrant, Native American, rural, and working-class performers in America's Upper Midwest during the 1930s and 1940s.
THE REST IS NOISE
The 20th Century music history textbook from O&K's college days, and what could be considered the impetus for many of The OK Factor compositions.
In this sweeping and dramatic narrative, Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker, weaves together the histories of the twentieth century and its music, from Vienna before the First World War to Paris in the twenties; from Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia to downtown New York in the sixties and seventies up to the present. Taking readers into the labyrinth of modern style, Ross draws revelatory connections between the century's most influential composers and the wider culture. The Rest Is Noise is an astonishing history of the twentieth century as told through its music.
Check out O&K's favorite folk tune books and other new folk music you don't want to miss out on.
(You can also buy The OK Factor's own transcriptions here.)
THE FIDDLER'S FAKEBOOK
This extensive tune book includes the opening Shetland tune from The OK Factor's piece, 'Switchback.'
The enormous wealth of material in the Fiddler's Fakebook makes it more than a reference book to be left on the shelf. You will find it helpful in any playing situation--from a square dance to an informal gathering of friends. You can study it page by page learning those tunes that particularly strike your fancy. But perhaps most importantly, you can have a great deal of fun just sitting down and playing through these remarkable monuments to the traditional musician's art.
ALASDAIR FRASER & NATALIE HAAS TRANSCRIPTIONS
You see these guys listed up in the videos section above. They're that amazing. Go get their music!
Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas have made available via digital download the full transcriptions of their arrangements as played on their two highly successful CDs "Fire & Grace" and "In the Moment". Transcribed note for note by Natalie and with bowings added by Alasdair and Natalie, these documents are an insight into their arrangements, playing styles and techniques.
THE CASSEL COLLECTION VOL. 1
Hanneke Cassel's original fiddle tunes are to die for. Don't miss out on this incredible resource!
The book features 36 tunes from Hanneke’s first 3 albums — My Joy, Some Melodious Sonnet, and Silver — and includes basic chords for each tune.
CONTEMPORARY CELLO ETUDES: STUDIES IN STYLE AND TECHNIQUE
A new collection of etudes written by a cello extraordinaire Mike Block and many of O's other favorites!
Learn the contemporary techniques and practices of the modern cello. The collection is a vital exploration of 21st-century cello techniques that every contemporary cellist should know when playing music outside of the standard classical repertoire. By exploring techniques such as chopping, pizzicato, improvisation, chords, ornaments, modes, polyrhythmic playing, and more, you will be prepared to play in a variety of contexts, including folk, rock, funk, jazz, world music and accompanying yourself while singing.
Additional online resources to spark your imagination.
BÉLA BARTÓK ARCHIVES
A source of inspiration for several of O&K's compositions, Béla Barók's collection of folk music features hundreds of thousands of field recordings and transcriptions made by Barók and his fellow composers. Click on the button below to explore the archives. O&K recommend starting your search with a date range to yield maximum results.
You can also read about the history of the archive below.