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A Huge Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music (1920-2007) Featuring John Cage, Sun Ra, Captain Beefheart & More

“If you’ve taken any introductory course or even read any introductory books on music, you’ll almost certainly have heard it described as ‘organized sound.’ Fair enough, but then what do you call disorganized sound? Why, noise of course. And all … Continue reading

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Philip Glass – Two Pages / Contrary Motion / Music in Fifths / Music in Similar Motion (1969-1971)

“The Philip Glass sound is easily caricatured in the minds of some listeners: a few minor-key notes are rattled off, and then repeated. By proposing to leave it at that, the composer’s critics reveal they haven’t listened to very much … Continue reading

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Cafe Au Go Go

“The Cafe Au Go Go was a Greenwich Village night club located in the basement of the New Andy Warhol Garrick Theatre building in the late 1960s, and located at 152 Bleecker Street in Manhattan, New York City. The club … Continue reading

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An Introduction to E.A.T. – Engineers, the Avant-Garde and a Tennis Court

Set of Documentation of the Workings of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) between 1966 and 1968 “On March 18th, 1960, a sculpture on the roof of New York’s Museum of Modern Art began to destroy itself. Engines attached to … Continue reading

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“Stand by Your Man” – Tammy Wynette (1968)

“‘Stand by Your Man’ is a song recorded by American country music artist Tammy Wynette, co-written by Wynette with Billy Sherrill. It was released on September 20, 1968 as the first single and title track from the album Stand by … Continue reading

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When The Angels – and 400,000 others – said Goodbye to Brian Jones.

“His was the driving sitar on ‘Paint It, Black,’ the syncopated marimba on ‘Under My Thumb.’ Brian Jones, progenitor of the Rolling Stones, died 50 years ago today, drowned in his swimming pool not long after frontman Mick Jagger and … Continue reading

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Lost John Coltrane Recording From 1963 Will Be Released at Last

On March 6, 1963, John Coltrane and his quartet recorded at the Rudy Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey. The session was never released — until now. “If you heard the John Coltrane Quartet live in the early-to-mid-1960s, you were … Continue reading

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Greenwich Village Theater in the 1960s

“… In the 1950s, the West Village and, later, the newly designated, edgier East Village (rebranded from the northern part of the Lower East Side around 1964) became the cradle of New York’s Beat generation, with its new, raw, and … Continue reading

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Fire Music: a history of the free jazz revolution

“One default reaction to the musical form called ‘free jazz’ — Ornette Coleman’s phrase for this improvised, experimental style of jazz — has long been that it’s ‘not music.’ This concise but cogent documentary directed by Tom Surgal is crammed … Continue reading

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Inside Stockhausen’s WDR Studio for Electronic Music

Stockhausen’s sound engineer Volker Müller demonstrating a high pass/low pass filter. “For the average Cologne native, there are only two reasons to end up at the tram station Butzweilerhof/Alter Flughafen: either you’re intending to buy Swedish DIY furniture, or you … Continue reading

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