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Electronic Art Music Forum – Cage, Brown, Stravinsky
April 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Nonintention (the acceptance of silence) leading to nature; renunciation of control; let sounds be sounds.
~Looking at philosophies of early recording and how a few different seminal composers (Stravinksy, Cage, Brown) responded to technology; specifically for the full compositional realization as an artistic inevitability…
(Music is) instantaneous and unpredictable; nothing is accomplished in writing, hearing, or playing a piece of music; our ears are in excellent condition.
~…but how it is a double edged sword when it comes to listening and performance…
~We will be listening to electronic works by John Cage and Earle Brown, how they responded to technology, style, performance and engagement, philosophy, and art, as they were influenced by poetry and artists such as Rothko, Mondrian, and Pollock.
~Those in attendance may share their works or works in progress with a friendly, intense, and engaged group. !
~Donations accepted on a sliding scale to help defray the costs of this forum, $10-20 recommended). (Thank you!)
~Parking is free in the lot across the street.
“The concern of passive receptivity […] production of indifference, inability to understand or undergo any worthy reaction” (Stravinsky, re concerns of newly developing recording technology)
A need for poetry.
Affirmation of life.
~”It would be of the greatest interest to create music specifically for the phonograph, a music whose true image – its original sound – could only be preserved through mechanical reproduction. This would well be the ultimate goal for the phonographic composers of the future.” (Stravinsky, 1930)
Adventure (newness) necessary to creative action.
It is, cause for joy.
Right and wrong.
Music is not music until it is heard.
Importance of being perplexed. Unpredictability.
No split between spirit and matter.