Read These Books

Are you the public?

“The Public Ought to Know is a must read for anyone who wonders how government works and how it affects you.”

“A backstage pass to political theater in NYC.”

“A must read!”

Yes, you ought to know …

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Corey Bearak understands how New York City’s government works. And he believes that you ought to know about the many and various issues that may affect the quality of your life.
 
In his words, “The issues I cover are relevant.The problems persist. The information on politics, policy and process that readers glean from reading The Public Ought To Know empowers them to ‘challenge’ or encourage their elected officials to act responsibly.”

For more about what you ought to know, go here!

 

Take a Walk

With photographic imagery and poetic commentary, Rodger Stuart Davis takes us for a walk in Key West from and back to the corner of James and Grinnell Streets.

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And for the story behind the walk, go here.

 

 

 

Got a computer?

Let’s compose a beautiful symphony! Go here!

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Eduardo Miranda shares with us his ideas about using a computer to work with him in composing music. He writes: “I figured out that I could program a computer to be musically creative and by recombining ideas generate musical materials for my compositions … ”

 

& Xenakis

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Here is Iannis Xenakis in 1971 in Persepolis, Iran, at the third Shiraz Arts Festival, to present his Polytope de Persépolis.

We’re working on a group of books about Iannis Xenakis, in Joel Chadabe’s words “one of the most original and important of the post-World War II composers.” Well, who is he? Go here to find out!

The war

Ramón Sender Barayón was born in Madrid during Red October in 1934 as the Spanish Civil War was unfolding. During the next year his father fought briefly with the Republican army against Franco’s Falangists and his mother returned to her home in Zamora …

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The question Ramon asked was: What happened with my mother? Following his father’s death in 1982, he returned to Spain to find the answer.

This is a gripping, wonderful, and profound story. It takes us through the Spanish Civil War. We meet Ramon’s family. We meet people who lived through the war. And Ramon finds the answer.

There’s a lot more … Go here

 

Speak music.

It’s really a question of how we listen. Our voice is the ultimate synthesizer, capable of a wide range of sound.

Wait! Before you go any further, listen to Jaap Blonk’s performance of Kurt Schwitter’s Ursonate.

When you listen to speech not for the meaning of the spoken words but for the nature and shape of the sounds, for their pitch, rhythm, and timbre, it’s easy to hear their expressive potential. And when you create rhythms for the sounds of a voice, or listen to many voices speaking together, or transform the sounds of a voice with electronics, or come up with other ideas, you have a universe of sound potential available to you.

To get started in composing your words, here are some ideas!

And send us your own word compositions!

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For more information about this book, go here.

OIM

Based on interviews, personal knowledge, and friendships, Richard Kostelanetz has made the twentieth century live again. He talks about Glenn Gould, Charles Ives, Milton Babbitt, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Elliott Carter, Alan Hovhaness, Paul Zukofsky, Philip Glass, La Monte Young, Joao Carlos Martins, Peter Schickele, B. B. King, and Robert Moog. He explains what they did, how they did it, and how they thought about it.

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There’s a lot more to say about this. It’s an enjoyable and very interesting book. Go here
 

Meet John Cage

Counting the number of composers and musicians that learned from him, understanding the importance of the new musical ideas that he pioneered, and being aware of the public that was scandalized by his music, I’d elect John Cage as the most influential and revolutionary of 20th century composers.

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The introductory essay is by Joel Chadabe. To read the entire essay, go here!