Software over the rainbow

desearch and revelopment

Popular Guide to Unpopular Music

I keep going back to the popular guide to unpopular music, a series of articles on avant-garde music and life written by kenneth goldsmith around the end of last century. On “don’t quit your day job. yet…” he interviews 5 composers about how their (non-composing related) day job has helped and influenced their practice. “High pop: the avant garde as ear candy” is a grumpy reflection on the popularisation of new music in the late nineties, with the american premiere of a xenakis piece as an excuse. The generally disgruntled style and his deep knowledge of the subject make the articles a very engaging read.