Music Downtown: Writings from the Village Voice (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Jan 14, 2006 - 333 pages
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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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User Review  - Stuart - Goodreads

Excellent. I very much agree with Gann's aesthetic and philosophical positions. Required reading for making sense of the new music scene of the 80's and 90's. Read full review

Review: Music Downtown: Writings from the Village Voice

User Review  - Adam - Goodreads

It's pretty great. It archives a time I have heard a lot about but never really known, a time when music took sides and drew lines hard in the sand. John Cage is championed, serialism is the worst. CLASSICAL MUSIC IS DEAD. Read to find out who killed it. Read full review

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Page 24 - If my music seems to require physical silence, that is because it requires concentration to yourself and this requires inner silence which may lead to outer silence as well. I think of my music more as a practice (gyo) than a music.

About the author (2006)

Kyle Gann is music critic for the "Village Voice "and Associate Professor of Music at Bard College. He is the author of "American Music in the Twentieth Century "(1997) and "The Music of Conlon Nancarrow "(1995).

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