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Music 109
Notes on Experimental Music
Alvin Lucier; Robert Ashley, fwd.




Wesleyan University Press
2012 • 232 pp. 10 musical examples 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
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$19.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-7492-3
$24.95 Hardcover, 978-0-8195-7297-4

$15.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7298-1

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“Plain and direct-spoken and with an uncluttered prose style, Lucier easily blends analysis, anecdote and digression into a reader-friendly first-person account of some of the most interesting music to come out of the postwar period.”Daniel Barbiaro, Avant Music News

An engaging inside view of experimental music

Composer and peformer Alvin Lucier brings clarity to the world of experimental music as he takes the reader through more than a hundred groundbreaking musical works, including those of Robert Ashley, John Cage, Charles Ives, Morton Feldman, Philip Glass, Pauline Oliveros, Steve Reich, Christian Wolff, and La Monte Young. Lucier explains in detail how each piece is made, unlocking secrets of the composers’ style and technique. The book as a whole charts the progress of American experimental music from the 1950s to the present, covering such topics as indeterminacy, electronics, and minimalism, as well as radical innovations in music for the piano, string quartet, and opera. Clear, approachable and lively, Music 109 is Lucier’s indispensable guide to late 20th-century composition. No previous musical knowledge is required, and all readers are welcome.

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Reviews:

“For those with the ears to hear, Lucier’s warm prose will sound a few notes of welcome clarity.”—J. Bryan Lower, Slate

“In looking for a guide to the world of American experimental music, it would be hard to think of a better one than Alvin Lucier.”David Revill, Times Higher Education

“A book that says what it needs to say and to which very little can be added. Its author takes up the task in a manner that more writers could stand to emulate….Lucier persuades you quietly with his point rather than bludgeoning you with the sturm und drang techniques of a lesser writer and a lesser mind.”Jedd Beaudoin, PopMatters

Endorsements:

“Alvin Lucier sat in a room and created extraordinary music from the confluence of resonance and technology. This is his brilliant and lucid account of the experimental strand of late twentieth-century contemporary music, by one of its great visionaries.”David Rothenberg, ECM recording artist, author of Survival of the Beautiful and Thousand Mile Song

“Alvin Lucier is an enormously important experimental composer whose reputation has grown considerably over the past decade. Written in Lucier’s characteristically laconic, deadpan style, Music 109 mixes biography, history, anecdote, and musicology to offer a personal account of experimental musical practice and analyses of many of its key works. It is tremendously valuable for its first-hand, insider’s view of the field and for Lucier’s intelligent and engaging examinations of musical works.”Christoph Cox, professor of philosophy, Hampshire College



ALVIN LUCIER is the John Spencer Camp Professor of Music emeritus at Wesleyan University. Since the mid-1960s, he has explored the natural characteristics of sound and the spaces in which they are heard. He is the author of Reflections/Reflexionen and coauthor, with Douglas Simon, of Chambers.






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