I have mixed feelings about the newly robust editorial side at Bandcamp. I'm a fan of the site in general, and have worked with the talented new editor in the past (and have written something for the site that was apparently killed, likely due to the subject's irrelevance). They are covering a lot of music, … Continue reading Stumbling Upon
A short month perhaps, but no concessions the number of days: in this year’s leap-month of February, I listened to 38 recordings, making a total of 94 for the year so far. My current pace will have me covering 564 records that are new/recent releases for this year, a little under what I heard last … Continue reading A Month of Listening: February 2016
Best Downtown Music 2014 Best New Music Albums 2014 This is the second half of the classical list, music that has common origins in the Western tradition, in the expansive sense of music that began with a social purpose and then developed an abstract movement that we generally call classical music. Since the turn of the … Continue reading Best New Music Albums 2014
Despite my [take on the devolution of the form,](http://www.brooklynrail.org/2013/12/music/the-danceification-of-electronic-music) available in the new issue of The Brooklyn Rail (where I am the newly installed Music Editor), electronic music as a serious compositional and aesthetic medium is alive and well. [This post](http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2013/12/21/the-resurgence-of-electronic-classical-music/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-resurgence-of-electronic-classical-music) at Synthtopia opens up a window on some other leading practitioners, and there's always … Continue reading Expanding The Good
Question: Has the development of the means of making electronic music retransformed the sense of time in Western Culture from linear/progressive to circular/static? Discuss . . .
I'll be at Roulette tonight for some old-time experimental electro-acoustic music.
The Times notes the passing of Bebe Barron, who, with her husband Louis, created the soundtrack for Forbidden Planet. Created is the appropriate word, not composed, since that's what electronic musicians do, and what the Barrons did, literally and physically. The obit gives good details. This was an era when electronic music was produced on … Continue reading End of an (endless) Era