A review of a Fluxus retrospective from the New York Times. Through Jan. 21 at Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, Manhattan https://www.japansociety.org/arts-and-culture/exhibitions/kazuko-miyamoto
Ryuichi Sakamoto, Oscar-Winning Japanese Composer, Dies at 71 in the New York Times. The Guardian carries a tribute here.
Keith Reid, Who Brought Poetry to Procol Harum, Dies at 76 He did not perform with the group, but his impressionistic words made it one of the leading acts of the progressive-rock era.
Fuzzy Haskins, Who Helped Turn Doo-Wop Into P-Funk, Dies at 81 [NY Times requires a subscription] As a teenager, he joined forces with George Clinton. Their vocal group, the Parliaments, morphed into Parliament-Funkadelic, one of the wildest acts of the 1970s.
Angelo Badalamenti, Composer for ‘Twin Peaks,’ Is Dead at 85
A NYT obituary on Judith Davidoff, Master of Long-Dormant Instruments. A master of the viola da gamba and other stringed instruments, she was a central part of the early-music scene. By Neil Genzlinger Jan. 6, 2022 “She toured all over the world looking for instruments to play,” Ms. Terry, a past president of the Viola … [Read more…]
‘He touched a nerve’: how the first piece of AI music was born in 1956 Long before Auto-Tune and deepfake compositions, university professor Lejaren Hiller premiered a concert recital composed by a computer and became an overnight celebrity The Guardian Electronic music Jeff Gage Tue 7 Dec 2021 Illiac Suite
Alan Chapman hosts Modern Times On Saturday nights between 10 and 12 P.M., on KDFC radio (and www.kdfc.com), Alan Chapman hosts Modern Times, his curation of modern “classical” music. I’ve been logging the titles played over the course of the last 18 months and present them here as a “Playlist” one can use to explore … [Read more…]
I am reading an article in the Atlantic – “What Will Happen to My Music Library When Spotify Dies?”. I do use some music streaming services and there is one which I think is an exceptional value, because it is free. I first heard of FIP while living in Switzerland. A friend of ours who … [Read more…]
A nice obituary, by Alexis Petridis on the Guardian for Jon Hassell, a musician who blew me away in 1980 with sounds I couldn’t categorize. I still can’t. as Eno put it, “one overriding principle in Jon’s work [was] that of respect – he looks at the world with all its momentary and evanescent moods … [Read more…]