The Yellow Shark, An Appreciation. Merry Zappadan.
Translated from the Italian, it means, “those fucking pigeons.”
As performed in The Yellow Shark, there was no conductor. That’s why for all the percussive action on the instruments. Says Frank in the liner notes:
There are all these knocking sounds in that piece, and the knocking sounds were an invention of the string players. When they tried to learn it, it was very difficult for them to count it, and keep it eve. So one of the guys said, “Well, why don’t we just beat time on our instruments in between what we’re playing?”-because they rehearsed without a conductor. When they played it for me with the knocks in it, I told them to leave it in.
So you can just imagine those are the pigeons.