Music Downtown Writings from the Village Voice

ISBN-10: 0520229827

ISBN-13: 9780520229822

Edition: 2005

Authors: Kyle Gann

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This collection represents the cream of the more than five hundred articles written for the Village Voice by Kyle Gann, a leading authority on experimental American music of the late twentieth century. Charged with exploring every facet of cutting-edge music coming out of New York City in the 1980s and '90s, Gann writes about a wide array of timely issues that few critics have addressed, including computer music, multiculturalism and its thorny relation to music, music for the AIDS crisis, the brand-new art of electronic sampling and its legal implications, symphonies for electric guitars, operas based on talk shows, the death of twelve-tone music, and the various streams of music that flowed forth from minimalism. In these articles--including interviews with Yoko Ono, Philip Glass, Glenn Branca, and other leading musical figures--Gann paints a portrait of a bristling era in music history and defines the scruffy, vernacular field of Downtown music from which so much of the most fertile recent American music has come.
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/13/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 326
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Preface: New Music and the Village Voice
Introduction: the importance of being downtown
Shouting at the Dead: Robert Ashley's Neoplatonist TV Operas
The Part That Doesn't Fit Is Me: Yoko Ono, the Inventor of Downtown
Midtown Avant-Gardist: Philip Glass Sails Columbus into a Clash of Keys and Cultures
Trimpin's Machine Age: A Revolutionary Tinker Revives the Dream of Infinitely Fluid Music
Dancing with the Audience: Carman Moore's Mass Attempts to Heal the World
Harps from Heaven: Glenn Branca Reemerges from the Thick of Theory
Shadowing Capote: Mikel Rouse
The Dance Between: David First
Raising Ghosts: Leroy Jenkins Brings the African Burial Ground to Life
Opera Meets Oprah: Mikel Rouse Hawks Salvation in an Opera for Real People
A Difficult Woman: A Cosmic Piano Concerto from the Outspoken Composer of Vagina
Monkey Business: Fred Ho De-Europeanizes Opera with Martial Arts
Music and/versus society
Plundering for Art: Sampling
Mozarts Live! "Performing Mozart's Music"
Killers in the Audience
Letting Euro Go
What Normal People Hear: Rose Rosengard Subotnik
Dysfunctional Harmony: Repealing the Suppression of Creativity
Don't Touch That Dahl: Classical Radio
Spin It Around: New Music in the Public's Hands
Paradise at Our Fingertips: Voltaire's Bastards
What's Your AQ?
Dump the Multicult
No More Heroes
Music of the Excluded Middle
Medicine Music: The Uses of Art
Who Killed Classical Music? Forget It, Jake-It's Uptown
Musical politics
Paradigms Lost: Rhys Chatham/John Zorn
Blurred Out: On Language
Rock Rules: Bandwagonism
Pulitzer Hacks: Amateur Composers versus the Professionals
Composer's Clearinghouse: The Pulitzer Prize
Obitchuaries: Critics Take Their Final Potshots at John Cage
Totally Ismic: Totalism
The Last Barbarian: John Cage
Berlitz's Downtown for Musicians: New-Music Performance
What Are We, Chopped Liver? The New Generation
The Great Divide: Uptown Composers Are Stuck in the Past
Y Not 2K? Nostalgia for Modernism as the Millennium Ends
Ding! Dong! The Witch Is Dead: Modernism Loses Its Grip as the Odometer Turns Over
Let X = X: Minimalism versus Serialism
A Tale of Two Sohos: Plato/Aristotle
A Secret Manifesto: Fred Lerdahl
The Modernist Dance: War in the Brain
It's Only as Good as It Sounds: Richard Rorty
Noises of Fate: You Don't Need a Sampler to Recontextualize
Sounding the Image
Waiting for Monteverdi: Minimalism
Dads versus Shadows: James Hillman
Vexing the Purists: Vexations
Musical Amnesia Cured! Imagism
End of the Paper Trail: Scores
Reflections on books, figures, and events
No Shortcuts: John Cage
E.T., Go Home: Tuning
Composing the Lingo: Harry Partch, American Inventor
Morton Feldman's Abstract Expressions
One-Note Wonder: A New York Retrospective for Italy's Saintly Mystic, Giacinto Scelsi
Father of Us All: The Critic as Composer
Minimalism Isn't Pretty: Tony Conrad Makes a Truculent Comeback
Grand Old Youngster: Turning the Century at Lincoln Center
Concert reviews
Maximal Spirit: La Monte Young
Big Machines, Little Issues: The 1987 International Computer Music Conference
First Flight: John Adams
Admiring the Waterfall: David Garland
Yawn: R.I.P. Hayman
Searching for the Plague: Diamanda Galas
Oceans without Walls: Laurie Anderson
Insiders, Outsiders, and Old Boys: New Music America '89
Dark Stormy Night: Nicolas Collins
Let There Be Noise: David Rosenboom/Trichy Sankaran
Music in Time of War: The Composer-to-Composer Symposium
Don't Worry, Be Hopi
Enough of Nothing: Postminimalism
Voltage High: Ron Kuivila
Isn't That Spatial? Henry Brant
The Limits of Craft: Frederic Rzewski/Philip Glass
Opera Is Relative: Einstein on the Beach
Well-Tuned Blues: The Forever Bad Blues Band
Voice of the Unutterable: The S.E.M. Ensemble
How Peculiar? The American Eccentrics
Flutes and Flying Branches: The Taos Pueblo Powwow
The Tingle of p x m[superscript n] - 1: La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela
The British Don't Have Oral Sex: Now Eleanor's Idea
View from the Gap: Emerging Voices
Bang! Crunch! Who's on First? Twisted Tutu
Regarding Henry: The World's First Multicultural Modernist Conservative Patron Saint of Outsiders
What Our Pulses Say: David Garland
Mistaken Memories: Tony Conrad: One-Idea Composer or Late Bloomer?
Legacy of the Quiet Touch: Morton Feldman, 1926-1987
The Antidote to Publicity: Virgil Thomson, 1896-1989
That Which Is Fundamental: Julius Eastman, 1940-1990
Philosopher No More: John Cage (1912-1992) Quietly Started a Spiritual Revolution
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