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Watch "Zen for Film" (1965), a film about nothing, and everything

Video artist Nam June Paik's "Zen for Film" (1964) is a projection of clear film leader. The image changes over time as dust and imperfections become visible. From the Bard Graduate Center gallery: Inherent in the work’s material and conceptual aspects are notions of chance, trace, changeability, boredom, silence, and nothingness. With Zen for Film, the projection of a film leader creates an image of apparent nothingness that oscillates between the immateriality of projected light a...
Tags: News, Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, Bard Graduate Center, Zen for Film

Milton Glaser (RIP) Presents 10 Rules for Life & Work: Wisdom from the Celebrated Designer

“None of us has really the ability to understand our path until it’s over,” the celebrated graphic designer Milton Glaser (RIP) muses less than a minute into the above video. Glaser’s many contributions to pop culture---the  I ? NY logo, the psychedelic portrait of a rainbow-haired Bob Dylan, DC Comics’ classic bullet logo---confer undeniable authority. To the outside eye, he seems to have had a pretty firm handle on the path he traveled for lo these many decades. Aspirant designers would d...
Tags: Google, Design, College, Life, Vietnam, Aiga, Marx, John Cage, Don, Facebook Twitter, Glaser, Milton Glaser, Roger Rosenblatt, Bob Dylan DC Comics, Milton Glaser Dieter Rams, Brian Eno Ayun Halliday

When IBM Created a Typewriter to Record Dance Movements (1973)

Increasingly many of us in the 21st century have never used a typewriter — indeed, have never seen one in real life. But despite being deep into its obsolescence, the machine has a long cultural half-life. Seeing typewriters in classic and period films, for example, keeps an idea of their look and feel in our minds. Naturally it gets entangled with the romance of the writer, or rather the Writer, whom we imagine pounding away on a culturally iconic model: an Underwood, an Olvetti. "If Olivettis...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Technology, College, New York City, History, Dance, Philip Roth, Ibm, Seoul, John Cage, Facebook Twitter, Underwood, Friedrich Nietzsche, Gutenberg, IBM Selectric

4’33” In Midtown Manhattan: Exploring How Coronavirus Has Changed The Sound Of The City

Karissa Krenz: “Perhaps the coronavirus is forcing us to have an extended performance of John Cage’s … groundbreaking 1952 work that epitomized his every-sound-can-be-music philosophy. … I’ve been taking some of this time to listen anew, experiencing the sonic composition of a paused city. … Hearing it now, slowed to a relative calm, it speaks volumes about what comprises the whole.” – WQXR (New York City)
Tags: Art, Music, John Cage, Midtown Manhattan, 04.23.20, Karissa Krenz

"Is there a way to make music that includes... cars honking, trains going past, buses grinding gears, people shouting in the streets?"

"We’d been reading ‘Silence,’ by John Cage, and that was the last key really. Chairs scraping can now be the music; what do we want to include? No drummer, because music is so quickly fixed and made traditional and acceptable by the four-four-drum pan of the rock music. Then why do you need to know how to play? What is an instrument? Something that makes a noise, amplified or not. We don’t need to know how to play. What’s around? What can we use, in the spirit of a Duchamp readymade?... [Cossi F...
Tags: Music, England, Law, Ford, Chris, John Cage, William Burroughs, Ann Althouse, Peter Christopherson, Cossi Fan Tutti

Open Mike: So You Say You Like Everything

["Open Mike" is the everything goes, often off-topic editorial page of TOP, wherein the hounds are released! It appears on Wednesdays. Note for this week: I'm just having a little fun here, so please don't take this personally. Gotta keep myself entertained too.] - RayC wrote: "Okay, I’ll play. I admit I was taken aback by the statement: 'It's a middlebrow conceit to say "I like everything!" in a chipper voice, which to real music aficionados means that music isn't very important to that perso...
Tags: Photography, Bob Dylan, Justin Bieber, Eminem, Kim, William, William Shatner, Kenny G, Dolby, Tom Jones, Gerard Depardieu, Edith Piaf, Music Notes, Off-topic Posts, Open Mike, Ray

Peter Stamm's Playlist for His Novel "The Sweet Indifference of the World"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Roxane Gay, and many others. Peter Stamm's latest novel The Sweet Indifference of the World is a riveting and surprising exploration of memory and identity. The Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote of the book: "An ...
Tags: Music, Wikipedia, World, David, Switzerland, Stockholm, Brittany, Lausanne, John Cage, Rage Against The Machine, Publishers Weekly, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Agnes, Lena, Gavin Bryars

Optical Poems by Oskar Fischinger, the Avant-Garde Animator Despised by Hitler, Dissed by Disney

At a time when much of animation was consumed with little anthropomorphized animals sporting white gloves, Oskar Fischinger went in a completely different direction. His work is all about dancing geometric shapes and abstract forms spinning around a flat featureless background. Think of a Mondrian or Malevich painting that moves, often in time to the music. Fischinger’s movies have a mesmerizing elegance to them. Check out his 1938 short An Optical Poem above. Circles pop, sway and dart ...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Yahoo, College, Germany, Berlin, Disney, Los Angeles, History, Frankfurt, Animation, Npr, Cia, Hitler, Wassily Kandinsky, Cage

Dear Spotify, add rabbits to your pet playlists

I there’s one thing I know, it’s that music is the best thing our species has every created. If there are two things I know, it’s the music thing and also that that rabbits aren’t hamsters. Listen, Spotify, I get the whole pet playlists thing. A curated playlist based on your listening preferences and a few sliders to determine an animal’s mood. It’s cute. But as one of millions of rabbit owners in the U.S. alone, someone needs to speak out for this grave oversight. This is Lucy: She...
Tags: Apps, Spotify, Pets, Tech, Lucy, Apple Music, John Cage, Lucinda Williams, Bill Evans, John Fahey, Dear Spotify

Listen to this strange and compelling mix of field recordings, cut-ups, and sound art

Composer Janek Schaefer drew from the work of John Cage, DJ Shadow, The Orb, Marina Abramović, Steve Reich, Chris Watson, and so many other greats to create this powerfully evocative and weird 90 minute mix. A former architect, Scahefer has masterfully designed a haunting, expansive environment of found sound. This is the way, step inside... Schaefer also prepared a complementary essay and annotated tracklist for the mix. From The Vinyl Factory: I loved how sound creates images that yo...
Tags: Post, Music, News, Audio, Experimental, Sound, Recordings, John Cage, Schaefer, Avant Garde, Janek Schaefer, Plunderphonics, Steve Reich Chris Watson, Scahefer

A History Of The Toy Piano As Serious Concert Instrument

“Even now, 70+ years since John Cage’s seminal Suite for Toy Piano from 1948, the toy piano still feels like Duchamp’s upside-down urinal (Fountain): out of place on stage, it elicits giggles and scoffs, is the star of the show, and at least promises a memorable experience, musical and otherwise.” Yet now there’s an entire concert repertory for the little contraption. – NewMusicBox
Tags: Art, Music, John Cage, Duchamp, 12.04.19

The Artful Toy: Toy Piano Influencers and The Making of an Album

The Accidental Instrument I did not come to the toy piano deliberately. Instead, while doing research on John Cage, I went down a rather strange rabbit hole, where I stumbled across a wonderful instrument. The toy piano is an avant-garde musician’s dream. The toy piano is an avant-garde musician’s dream. It’s the accidental instrument that was never meant to see anything but oncoming erratic toddler movements; it was never meant to feel anything but the thumping of tiny fists and grubby finger...
Tags: Jay Leno, France, China, New York City, Religion, Toronto, Analysis, David, New York Times, Sydney, Chad, Tokyo, Margaret Atwood, Neil Diamond, Baltimore, Kun

Music that inspired 1980s Japanese environmental music composer Yukata Hirose

Yutaka Hirose is a Japanese composer who was a key figure in that country's ambient/environmental music scene of the 1980s that in recent years has been rediscovered by crate-diggers around the world. Hirose's "NOVA" (1986) is a classic of the genre, a soundscape that Misawa Home Corporation commissioned as a "soundtrack" for the prefabricated houses. While original LPs have sold for hundreds of dollars, WRWTFWW Records have recently reissued the record as an expanded double LP and double C...
Tags: Post, Music, Japan, News, Experimental, Sounds, Ambient, Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage, Faust, Gavin Bryars, Meredith Monk, Avant Garde, Robert Ashley, Joan La Barbara, Michael Nyman

Listen to ambient sound from around the world, recorded with a 4’33” app

To anyone who says there are too many music makers in the world, maybe you aren’t aware of how much sound is in the world. Crowd-sourced iPhone recordings and the ghost of John Cage are here to set you straight. First, there’s the app – the 4’33” app is an official, licensed app that makes field recordings to the exact specifications of John Cage’s infamous score as premiered in 1952 by pianist David Tudor. And yes, that means it even comes in the score’s original three movements – a fun fact...
Tags: Ios, Apps, Music, London, Tech, Web, App, World, Silence, Composition, Music Tech, John-cage, Peters, New York San Francisco, David Tudor, John Cage Trust

Shorties (Debbie Harry on Her Memoir, The Season's Scariest Books, and more)

Booklist recommended the season's scariest books. Debbie Harry discussed her memoir Face It with FLOOD. October's best eBook deals. Posted yesterday (and updated frequently): Largehearted Boy's list of "best books of 2019" book lists. Currently aggregated: 57 year-end lists. Steph Cha discussed her novel Your House Will Pay with All Things Considered. Kero Kero Bonito covered Death Grips’ “I’ve Seen Footage.” Writers discussed writing outside their identities at Vulture. ...
Tags: Music, David, Hannah Diamond, Mikal Cronin, John Cage, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Electric Literature, Debbie Harry, Booklist, Pernice Brothers, Jami Attenberg Stream, Steph Cha, Vulture Stream, Lambchop The Paris Review

Shorties (The Continued Influence of T. S. Eliot's Manifesto, Musicians on John Cage's 4' 33", and more)

The New Yorker explored the continued influence of T.S. Eliot's manifesto "Tradition and the Individual Talent" 100 years after its initial publication. Contributors to Mute Records' STUMM433 box set (which collects covers of John Cage's "4'33"") discussed the music at VICE. Lee Ranaldo: For my version of 4'33", I defined the performance during three walking sections in Midtown Manhattan, with trucks idling, cars passing, stray bits of conversation, and rain falling. October's best ...
Tags: Music, David, Prince, Vox, Jeff Tweedy, John Cage, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Guernica, NPR Music, Los Angeles Review of Books, Lee Ranaldo, Midtown Manhattan, Eliot, Leslie Jamison, Albert Magnoli, Emma Forrest Questlove

The Sounds Of Silence: A Brief, Quiet History Of ‘Negative Space’ In Music

Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim looks at the uses of well-placed pauses for the purposes of acoustical clarity, rhetoric, drama, surprise, and even humor, traveling from chanting monks and Monteverdi through Haydn and Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Mahler and Berg, to (of course) John Cage. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, John Cage, Mahler, Haydn, Corinna da Fonseca Wollheim, Monteverdi, Berg, 10.02.19, Beethoven Tchaikovsky

Creating and Listening in Alaska: My experience with Composing in the Wilderness

I moved to Phoenix in 2008 to start my master’s degree in music composition. Almost every year since then, I have made it a mission to escape the heat at least once during the summer. I have made these efforts in spite of my financial situation and—although I am ashamed to admit it—in spite of my relationships. This year, 2019, has been my “year of doing less”—so far a grand and failed effort to take stock of what I have, get to know my Phoenix-based friends and musical companions better, and di...
Tags: Europe, Hiking, Religion, Articles, Analysis, Nature, Alaska, Antarctica, Ursula K Le Guin, South, National Park Service, Phoenix, John Cage, Henry David Thoreau, Camelback Mountain, Anchorage

BBC Proms BBC Singers Varese Koechlin Gubaidulina

Another theme of this year’s Proms is the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Henry Wood, the founder of the Proms. This celebration includes a survey of works which he introduced to Britain, and their number is legion, ranging from works of British composers, to composers such as Ravel and Sibelius, through works of Schoenberg and Webern. This anniversary was also the occasion for a concert at Holy Sepulchre London (Otherwise known as St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate}. Henry Wood’s father was a teno...
Tags: UK, New York, London, Religion, Spain, Britain, United States, Beethoven, Musgrave, Wood, Weir, Judith Weir, Simon, John Cage, Varese, Britten

Political Protest Becomes Conceptual Art: Kazakhstan Police Arrest Man For Silently Holding Up A Blank Poster

The “culprit” was Aslan Sagutdinov, a blogger in the city of Uralsk. In a video taken of his arrest, he said, “I want to show that the idiocy in our country has gotten so strong that the police will detain me now even though there are no inscriptions, no slogans, without my chanting or saying anything.” (The writer of this report compares Sagutdinov’s action to John Cage’s 4’33”.) – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Kazakhstan, Issues, John Cage, Uralsk, 05.21.19, Aslan Sagutdinov, Sagutdinov

Measha Brueggergosman: The Art of Song – Ravel to John Cage

A rather charming story recently appeared in the USA of a nine-year old boy who, at a concert given by Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, let out a very audible “wow” at the end of Mozart’s Masonic Funeral Music. I mention this only because music – whether you are neurotypical or not – leads to people, of any age, expressing themselves in concerts relative to the extraordinary power of the music they hear. Measha Brueggergosman’s recital very much had the “wow” factor, and on many distinct level...
Tags: Usa, Boston, Religion, Mozart, John Cage, Handel, Haydn Society, Measha Brueggergosman

Heard it all before? Talking sound, discovery, and inspiration

Sometimes lost in conversations about technology or specific musical genre or minutia of social media is the fundamental question of what sound is and what we can discover. From Berlin’s tech/culture conference re:publica, we got to tackle some of those questions. I got to ask three fascinating individuals about their connection to sound and where future sounds might be discovered. On the panel last week: Kathy Tafel, now at Native Instruments, has one of the broader backgrounds in the enti...
Tags: Apple, Music, Interviews, Berlin, Inspiration, Events, Colombia, Stories, Philosophy, Sound, Conferences, Native-Instruments, Discussion, John Cage, Kathy, Pioneers

Measha Brueggergosman: The Art of Song - Ravel to John Cage

A rather charming story recently appeared in the USA of a nine-year old boy who, at a concert given by Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, let out a very audible “wow” at the end of Mozart’s Masonic Funeral Music. I mention this only because music - whether you are neurotypical or not - leads to people, of any age, expressing themselves in concerts relative to the extraordinary power of the music they hear. Measha Brueggergosman’s recital very much had the “wow” factor, and on many distinct level...
Tags: Usa, Boston, Religion, Mozart, John Cage, Handel, Haydn Society, Measha Brueggergosman

How to Exist: 20 Years of NewMusicBox

Forgive me if I begin this look back at twenty years of NewMusicBox and its times by opening a different, older, but resolutely print magazine. In October 2000, about 18 months after NMBx’s founding, The Wire, the UK-based magazine for new and exploratory music, reached a milestone of its own: issue number 200. It marked the occasion with a directory of 200 “essential websites”: sites for record labels, venues, artists, discussion groups, and more. Nearly two decades later, the idea of trying to...
Tags: Google, Amazon, UK, Technology, Media, Internet, Molly, Amc, Brown University, Religion, US, Articles, America, History, Analysis, Anniversary

Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time

John Cage pointed out they’re different processes. Doing one will interfere with the other. What will you create today? You can analyze it tomorrow.         
Tags: Uncategorized, Branding, John Cage

In Search of Robert Palmer

It was after midnight, the recording session was in two days, and the AirBnB I had booked wasn’t nearly as close to downtown as it had promised. The last time I came to Ithaca, New York, to look through Robert Palmer’s archive—months ago, just before my first Palmer recording session—I stayed in a nondescript house just next to the Cornell campus, its walls breathing generations of college students. I had easily grabbed my key out of an unlocked mailbox in the entryway. This place, however, ...
Tags: New York, Wikipedia, New York City, Religion, Articles, Research, Analysis, Yale, New York Times, Palmer, Bob, Piano, Recording, Cornell, Joe, Judy

Contrarian Spirit—Remembering Randy Nordschow (1969-2019)

[Ed Note: For many years, NewMusicBox has published memorial essays honoring significant people in our field, written by people who had an important connection to that person, either as a student, a long-term collaborator, or—in a few cases—as a member of that person’s family. Reaching out to those authors has long been one of the most emotionally difficult aspects of my work here, but I realize it pales compared to what those authors experience while writing these essays. In fact, many of the m...
Tags: London, California, New York City, Religion, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Czech Republic, Brooklyn, Netherlands, Beethoven, Andy Warhol, Warhol, Pink, Experimental music, Alberta, San Francisco Bay Area

In A Novel About New Music, Do Re Mi Meets DNA

It’s no wonder that some composers of new music feel neglected. Not only do they have trouble finding an audience for their music, but they, unlike writers and detectives, are rarely portrayed in novels. One notable exception is the 2014 novel Orfeo, by Richard Powers, whose protagonist is a contemporary composer who inadvertently demonstrates how avant-garde music can reach “hundreds of thousands of listeners.” Just set up a home laboratory to insert musical patterns into the genome of a common...
Tags: Religion, America, Analysis, Steve Reich, Homeland Security, Darmstadt, Alex Ross, University Of Illinois, John Cage, Reich, Melville, Davenport, Olivier Messiaen, Mahler, Mann, Faust

Transmissions from the Ambient Frontier

The music by the Italian record label Glacial Movements is meant to evoke the vastness, stillness and cold of the Arctic. Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash This is the third article in our series, Music, Time and Long-term Thinking. Two previous articles explored long-term thinking in several musical domains, with focus on three artists: Brian Eno, John Cage and Jem Finer. For this third entry, we open our field of interest to broadly survey projects with unique temporal approaches.  O ne of...
Tags: Virginia, Future, San Francisco, Earth, Rome, Brooklyn, Justin Bieber, Arctic, Antarctica, Steve Reich, Reddit, Beethoven, Npr, North America, Aurora Borealis, World Trade Center