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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Experimental Music by Michael Nyman. Brian Eno. Michael Nyman's book is a first-hand account of experimental music from to First published in , it has remained the classic text on a significant form of music making and composing that developed alongside, and partly in opposition to, the postwar modernist tradition of composers such as Boulez, Berio, or Stockhausen.
The experimentalist par excellence was J Michael Nyman's book is a first-hand account of experimental music from to The experimentalist par excellence was John Cage whose legendary 4' 33'' consists of four minutes and thirty three seconds of silence to be performed on any instrument. Such pieces have a conceptual rather than purely musical starting point and radically challenge conventional notions of the musical work.
Experimental Music: Cage and Beyond / Edition 2
It was within the experimental tradition that the seeds of musical minimalism were sown and the book contains reference to the early works of Reich, Riley, Young, and Glass. This second edition contains a new Foreword, an updated discography, and a historical overview by the author. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published July 29th by Cambridge University Press first published More Details Original Title.
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Experimental Music: Cage and Beyond by Michael Nyman
May 07, Tosh rated it really liked it Shelves: books-bought. Even though it is only an illusion, but it seems that when John Cage walked into our room, the world has re-started in some fashion. Cage is the stone that was thrown into the pond, and future experimental music came from those little ripples from that rock. Michael Nyman, a great composer, by the way, wrote this book in at the height of Brian Eno's Obscure Records label, where he focused on the British wing of the musical avant-garde.
Before Nyman's work with filmmaker Peter Greenaway, he Even though it is only an illusion, but it seems that when John Cage walked into our room, the world has re-started in some fashion. Before Nyman's work with filmmaker Peter Greenaway, he was acutely aware of the tradition of contemporary classical music and all its strange and beautiful routes it took through the later years of the s to the publication date of this book.
In such a fashion the book appears to be a classic textbook on its subject matter, and Nyman is very much the instructor in taking the reader from point A to point B, and so forth. Illustrated with music scores and rare photos, this is a remarkable and essential piece of work regarding the world of the avant-garde sounds and its artists.
Jun 30, Troy S rated it liked it Shelves: music , crit. Michael Nyman, too my slight and fortunate surprise, gives an insightful and affirming look at what makes music experimental, filled with charming anecdotes and all of the grids, lists, formulas, charts and notations of pieces that shaped experimental music today. We trace, not quite through time, but through comparisons of voices and influences, different technical diversions and transgressions that artists and composers have used since the French Impressionists that have formed the experimenta Michael Nyman, too my slight and fortunate surprise, gives an insightful and affirming look at what makes music experimental, filled with charming anecdotes and all of the grids, lists, formulas, charts and notations of pieces that shaped experimental music today.
We trace, not quite through time, but through comparisons of voices and influences, different technical diversions and transgressions that artists and composers have used since the French Impressionists that have formed the experimental music we have now.
I picked this up as a deeply involved layman wanting to know - if even just a bit- about the semiotics of the deconstruction of classically musical language. And I would recommend it to anyone trying to do the same. View 1 comment.
Jul 26, Kevin Parks rated it really liked it. It sent me down a path.
Nostalgia aside, it is still a pretty good book and holds up pretty well. Shelves: music. I estimate that I read this bk in the fall of Alas, I found the concert quite boring - it was bland 'new tonality' minimalism. Oh well.. Apr 23, David rated it it was amazing. I'm guessing that it was or so when I read this; whenever it was, it was a major turning point in the development of my thinking about music - my first encounter with so many of the great composers of the mid 20th century, and my first real immersion in the concept of "experimental music".
Essential reading. Jul 22, dimwig rated it really liked it Shelves: music. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.