The 38th annual Festival of New Music is underway, with guest composer Thomas Wells giving a talk to our composition seminar yesterday. Wells is particularly interested in pedagogical and historical aspects of composition, and provided some fascinating history about his student days at the University of Texas, Austin. I might be more interested in this […]
Announcements for two interesting radio programs just crossed by inbox. On Friday, March 14th at 3pm (ET), Elliott Carter and Phil Lesh will be interviewed together on Counterstream radio, the online radio station of the American Music Center. On Sunday, March March 16 at noon PT (3pm ET), UCLA radio will feature experimental electronic(a) composer […]
From the Stockhausen Verlag: PRESS RELEASE The composer Karlheinz Stockhausen passed away on December 5th 2007 at his home in Kuerten-Kettenberg and will be buried in the Waldfriedhof (forest cemetery) in Kuerten. He composed 362 individually performable works. The works which were composed until 1969 are published by Universal Edition in Vienna, and all works […]
No, not naval battles. Literary battles. And by extension, culture wars. Rachel Donadio, writing for the New York Times, has paid a nostalgic visit to the literary canon wars of the late-1980s (circa). The big defining moment was Allen Bloom’s book The Closing of the American Mind. While a Ph.D. student I was very much […]
Yes, everyone has playlists. How about a good, old-fashioned book list? Yesterday I gave a talk to our local composition seminar, I offered to post some information about my reading list of music- and culture-related books. Here are three to start with: Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific RevolutionsNot a music book, but an important […]
Today would have been John Cage’s 95th birthday. To help celebrate the life of a musical icon, WYNC has put together radio and web programming that offers a fittingly personal and playful view of his life. The festival runs for 24 hours and 33 minutes (24:33, for those who enjoy puns).
It’s the combination of experimental composer and (old) popular game show, and experimental rock composer with (old) variety/talk show host that can really make your head spin! WFMU’s blog has a video of John Cage performing on the CBS game show I’ve Got a Secret (1960). (by way of Alex Ross at The Rest Is […]