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“Sounds Beyond”, by Kevin C. Karnes

“Sounds Beyond”, by Kevin C. Karnes. Kevin C. Karnes, musicologist and associate dean for the Art and professor of Music History at Emory College of Arts and Sciences in Atlanta, is a specialist not only in the work of Arvo Pärt, but in the sonic expressions of “identity, difference and…

Tribute to María de Alvear on her 60th birthday

“Ein Konzert ist eine Feuerstelle, María de Alvear” Conceived as a kind of greeting for María de Alvear Muller’s sixtieth birthday (in reality, the composer was born on 25 October 1960 in Madrid), the German publishing house Wolke Verlag has published, in German only, Ein Konzert ist eine Feuerstelle (A…

“Unstrung”

“Unstrung”, by Marc Ribot. Unstrung: Rants and Stories of a Noise Guitarist, written by American guitarist Marc Ribot, is published today by Akashic Books. The musician became known worldwide in the 1980s, playing for Tom Waits, but the list of artists who have relied on his talent ranges from John…

“Industry”

“Industry”, by William Robin. Being an avant-garde musician in the United States in the 1980s was not easy. Although minimalism was born there in the 1970s and would become the only current that could challenge (thanks to public favour) the intellectual hegemony of European serialist musicians and their de facto…

Pauline Oliveros

“Deep Listening”, by Pauline Oliveros. The American composer Pauline Oliveros passed away in November 2016. Apart from her music, she is known for the concept she launched to explain it: “deep listening”, which she elaborated in a 1988 text, and which she defined as “hearing with the ears and listening…

Philip Glass

“Palabras sin música”, by Philip Glass. Philip Glass is the most popular living American composer – one of the creators of the minimalist movement, along with Steve Reich, La Monte Young and Terry Riley. His work – symphonies, operas, soundtracks, etc. – has even been played at the opening ceremony…

“Ars Sonora”

“Ars Sonora. Veinticinco años”. Various authors. Ars Sonora is a programme on RNE’s Radio Clásica (Saturdays, at 01:00) which will be 27 years old on 6 October. It is the nexus between contemporary classical music and the non-academic avant-garde and, in addition, a focus for the creation of sound art…

“La mosca tras la oreja”

“La mosca tras la oreja”, by Barber & Palacios. The composers and musicologists Llorenç Barber and Montserrat Palacios, authors of La mosca tras la oreja (de la música experimental al arte sonoro en España), [“The fly behind the ear” is a Spanish expression similar to the English “to smell a…