Taking tentative steps into the future through music, among other things
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Where is the Vanguard? On the unbearable difficulty of defining the “avant-garde,” a passage from Bolaño’s 2666, and a half-assed defense of Arnold Schoenberg
I “History is always written from the sedentary point of view and in the name of a unitary State apparatus, at least a possible one, even when the topic is nomads.” –– Deleuze and Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus For those interested in the “avant-garde,” “experimental music,” “the sonic frontier,” whatever you want to call it,Continue reading “Where is the Vanguard? On the unbearable difficulty of defining the “avant-garde,” a passage from Bolaño’s 2666, and a half-assed defense of Arnold Schoenberg”
On a recent trip to the local bookstore I picked up two books: The Real Frank Zappa Book and Fear of Music. The former is pretty well-known: Zappa is a recognizable name among most people, even if they cannot tell you a single song of his besides “Valley Girl,” “Bobby Brown Goes Down,” and maybeContinue reading “Davis Stubbs’ Fear of Music, Zappa, and some ephemera”
I have made it a goal to post at least something each week here, but last week I was busy with boring personal stuff that isn’t pertinent to this blog. So now we resume your regularly scheduled programming. I recently saw San Francisco experimental music legends (?) Negativland, who are embarking on their It’s NormalContinue reading “This is Not Normal: Negativland Live”
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