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Underwater Music: Tuning Composition to the Sounds of Science

Stefan Helmreich, Sophia Roosth, and Michele Friedner

in Sounding the Limits of Life: Essays in the Anthropology of Biology and Beyond

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691164809
eISBN:
9781400873869
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691164809.003.0011
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines water and seawater as media for modernist and experimental music, representing the ocean as a site of life sublime and endangered. More specifically, it considers the ways that ... More


“Music Is a Universal Human Right”: Musica Elettronica Viva

Amy C. Beal

in Sound Commitments: Avant-Garde Music and the Sixties

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195336641
eISBN:
9780199868551
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336641.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Popular

The Ivy‐League pedigrees of many of the Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV) composers seems to contradict their anarchic‐Marxist musical activities in Rome during the late 1960s. Influenced by the ... More


Prehistory: Modernism, Postmodernism, and Music

Born Georgina

in Rationalizing Culture: IRCAM, Boulez, and the Institutionalization of the Musical Avant-Garde

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520202160
eISBN:
9780520916845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520202160.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, European Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines musical modernism in relation to the Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM). It shows that the major characteristics of IRCAM culture are prefigured ... More


The Politics of Presque rien

Eric Drott

in Sound Commitments: Avant-Garde Music and the Sixties

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195336641
eISBN:
9780199868551
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336641.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Popular

Luc Ferrari's 1970 tape composition Presque rien no. 1—an apparently unretouched recording of daybreak on the Black Sea—has long been characterized as a transgressive work, breaking with established ... More


Changing of the Guards 1962–1970

Amy C. Beal

in New Music, New Allies: American Experimental Music in West Germany from the Zero Hour to Reunification

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520247550
eISBN:
9780520932814
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247550.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter focuses on the time of reactionary conservatism when alternative venues were developed for the production and performance of experimental music in West Germany. It covers the era from ... More


Subiectivities: Difference and Fragmentation

Born Georgina

in Rationalizing Culture: IRCAM, Boulez, and the Institutionalization of the Musical Avant-Garde

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520202160
eISBN:
9780520916845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520202160.003.0011
Subject:
Anthropology, European Cultural Anthropology

This chapter provides a closer look at the differentiation of the Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) intellectuals in 1984 in relation to the Institute's two major ... More


New Allies and Oid Heroes 1975–1990

Amy C. Beal

in New Music, New Allies: American Experimental Music in West Germany from the Zero Hour to Reunification

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520247550
eISBN:
9780520932814
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247550.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter discusses key events in the period from the late 1970s to 1990 relevant to American experimental music. It explains that this was a golden era of public support during which a new ... More


Draw a Straight Line and Follow It: The Music and Mysticism of La Monte Young

Jeremy Grimshaw

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199740208
eISBN:
9780199918713
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740208.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American, Theory, Analysis, Composition

La Monte Young, generally regarded as the father of musical minimalism, is one of America’s most important contemporary composers--and one of the most elusive. Early on Young eschewed the ... More


Introduction: West Germany and the American Experimental Tradition

Amy C. Beal

in New Music, New Allies: American Experimental Music in West Germany from the Zero Hour to Reunification

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520247550
eISBN:
9780520932814
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247550.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This study describes the history of foreign support afforded to American experimental music from 1945 to 1990, particularly West Germany. It explains that during the second half of the twentieth ... More


Ambassadors for the American Avant-garde 1955–1958

Amy C. Beal

in New Music, New Allies: American Experimental Music in West Germany from the Zero Hour to Reunification

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520247550
eISBN:
9780520932814
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247550.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter examines a period during the mid-fifties when a series of performances by John Tudor and John Cage in Darmstadt in 1958 established American experimental music as a central part of ... More


Downtown

Eric Salzman and Thomas Desi

in The New Music Theater: Seeing the Voice, Hearing the Body

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195099362
eISBN:
9780199864737
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195099362.003.0018
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter outlines the history of the off-Broadway theater in New York going back to the experimental music theater projects of the 1930s and the extended run of the Blitzstein version of the ... More


Earth Sound Earth Signal: Energies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts

Douglas Kahn

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780520257801
eISBN:
9780520956834
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520257801.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Earth Sound Earth Signal is a study of energies in aesthetics and the arts from the birth of modern communications in the nineteenth century to the global transmissions of the present day. Grounded ... More


Conclusion: From Darmstadt to Halberstadt

Amy C. Beal

in New Music, New Allies: American Experimental Music in West Germany from the Zero Hour to Reunification

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520247550
eISBN:
9780520932814
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247550.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the acceptance of American experimental music in West Germany. It explains that in the forty-five years after the war, American ... More


Alvin Lucier: Brainwaves

Douglas Kahn

in Earth Sound Earth Signal: Energies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780520257801
eISBN:
9780520956834
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520257801.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

In the mid-1960s, Alvin Lucier composed two works utilizing what he called the natural electromagnetic sounds of brainwaves and natural radio, the former being Music for Solo Performer (1965). ... More


Postwar Experimentalism: John Cage

Broyles Michael

in Mavericks and Other Traditions in American Music

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300100457
eISBN:
9780300127898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300100457.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Many people in America or even the world probably know who John Cage is, but only a few may have actually heard his music. Cage understood how technology altered Western musical culture, yet rejected ... More


Music in the Age of Anxiety: American Music in the Fifties

James Wierzbicki

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040078
eISBN:
9780252098277
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040078.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

Derided for its conformity and consumerism, 1950s America paid a price in anxiety. Prosperity existed under the shadow of a mushroom cloud. Optimism wore a Bucky Beaver smile that masked worry over ... More


For More New Signals

Douglas Kahn

in Earth Sound Earth Signal: Energies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780520257801
eISBN:
9780520956834
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520257801.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Concurrent with the developing plenitude of sounds from the early avant-garde through the experimental arts in the 1960s, exemplified in John Cage’s “For More New Sounds” (1941), was an expansion of ... More


The Spirit Inside Each Object: Oskar Fischinger, Sound Phonography, and the “Inner Eye”

Richard H. Brown

in Through The Looking Glass: John Cage and Avant-Garde Film

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190628079
eISBN:
9780190628116
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190628079.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter addresses the question of sound on film, that is, the optical imprint of sound in the recording mechanism within the realm of visual music studies. The conceptual critique of visual ... More


Music after the Fall: Modern Composition and Culture since 1989

Tim Rutherford-Johnson

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520283145
eISBN:
9780520959040
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520283145.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

By the start of the 21st century many of the foundations of postwar culture had disappeared: Europe had been rebuilt and, as the EU, had become one of the world’s largest economies; the United ... More


Introduction

Douglas Kahn

in Earth Sound Earth Signal: Energies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780520257801
eISBN:
9780520956834
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520257801.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

The historical scope, topical focuses, theoretical positions, and structure of the book are introduced. Natural radio and its early reception on telephone lines serve as means to discuss the ... More


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