After All, Saxophone is a Metal Instrument: Ulrich Krieger’s “Acoustic Electronics”

By most accounts, one of the most perplexing rock albums ever released was Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music. Was it a taunting prank directed at Reed’s fans, the grudging fulfillment of a contractual obligation...

Thomas DeLio and the Aesthetics of Intermittence

Thomas Delio (b. 1951) è un compositore che lavora con un senso espansivo dei suoni e degli spazi interni ad essi. Una raccolta di opere selezionate, pubblicate dall'etichetta discografica Neuma, fornisce un compendio efficace...

The Timbre of Neither/Nor: Morton Feldman’s Clarinet & String Quartet

In the 1972 essay “A Compositional Problem,” Morton Feldman mentioned a contradiction he felt faced him as a composer: The contradiction between instrumental color and the immediacy of sound. For a composer with a...

Tod Dockstader (1932-2015)

The work of American sound artist Tod Dockstader (1932-27 Feb 2015) ran parallel to the technological changes that took electronic music from tape manipulation to the synthesizer. Dockstader started out in the visual arts, working...

Notes on the Music of Sound III: Time and Plastic Organization in Timbral Music

Daniel Barbiero Astratto: Il tempo è un elemento strutturale nelle opere timbriche. Esso svolge un ruolo sintattico grazie alla sua capacità di integrare e separare eventi sonori. Spazi negativi, silenzi,  sono elementi di tempo che...

On Making The Rationale for a Space Telescope

The Rationale for a Space Telescope, the latest release from If, Bwana, includes four tracks featuring my electronically processed contrabass.  If, Bwana is Al Margolis’s electroacoustic music project, which has been active since 1984. Starting...

Christopher Shultis & the Experimental Music Tradition

The 1920s and 1930s were a fertile time for experimental music in America. Composers such as Henry Cowell, George Antheil, William Russell—and very soon after, John Cage—explored...

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John Mayall

Ricordo che negli anni della piena gioventù (forse 19 o 20 anni) fui preso dalla voglia di approfondire il blues, in un'epoca in cui...

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