on March 23, 2014
I can't say enough about how much I've enjoyed this collection of essays. Even if you look through the table of contents and see pieces of work you may already have (Such as Luigi Russolo's "The Art of Noises") there are so many other pieces of writing from such varied artists as William S. Burroughs, Umberto Eco, Brian Eno, Morton Feldman you should find more than enough to make the purchase price a worthwhile investment. Best of all there's only ONE essay by Paul D. Miller and NONE from Markus Popp!
If you enjoy critical thinking about modern music, this is a must-have.
on July 18, 2009
It is quite a challenge to write a review when just thinking about a book renders one speechless. The very first chapter (an excerpt from Jacques Attali) is more explosive that the opening sequence of a James Bond movie, with insights as penetrating as any I have read about quantum mechanics, astrophysics, economics, or philosophy. And that chapter was only two pages long!
Not all of the book spoke to me, because it covers an extremely wide range of topics, not all of which are of interest to me. But every single chapter that remotely connected with my interest in music, economics, culture, freedom, and sustainability spoke so clearly, so cogently, so powerfully, and so affirmingly YES! that I give the whole work five stars.
I was a reader (and lover) of The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross, and what he did in the way of explaining the evolution of modern musical composition, this book does for modern musical production, as well as the recontextualization of modern music *experience*. Indeed, I will say that this book really does pick up, and deliver, about where Ross's book exhausts itself. And it does so entirely with the words of the great producers, performers, and philosophers of this modern era.