3-14-06 - Experimentalism - The Experimental and Fusion...

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The Experimental and Fusion Impulse Artistic problem: how to refresh sounds and ideas Borrow from other musical styles (jazz, classical, folk, country) Borrow from non-western musical cultures Use technology to create new sounds or collages of sounds Challenge the listener with “difficult” music and sounds o Non-pitched sounds (distortion, feedback, static, screaming) o Minimalism: minimal musical change over time - Vexations 1) Erik Satie (1866-1925): French composer; minimalism and ironic wit Vexations (1893); piano piece lasting 80 seconds, repeated 840 times o Total time to perform: over 18 hours o 1963: John Cage organizes performance; John Cale (“Velvet Underground”) participates 2) Edgar Varèse (1883-1965) Preferred the term “organized sound” to “music” Poème électronique (1957): non-pitched machine noise o Use of silence to generate expectation in the listener o Think “Grateful Dead” Influenced Frank Zappa 3) Karlheinz Stockhausen (b.1928)
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This note was uploaded on 11/04/2010 for the course MUSIC 221 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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