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No drone unturned: tracing the sound that unites ancient and modern

From primitive instruments and sacred chants to today’s minimalist electronica and metal, drone music has a long and mystical history. A new book investigates. From the womb – where the rushing of maternal blood is heard loud and clear at 88 decibels – through myriad historical, spiritual and subcultural pathways, our connection to the drone runs […]

The Irreducible William Parker

Nathan Bajar for The New York Times The bassist, bandleader and composer’s 10-disc “Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World” invites you to listen, and let the music do its work. By Alan Scherstuhl Feb. 8, 2021 “Listen,” the singer Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez implores in the opening notes of the monumental new boxed set […]

Santomieri-Farhadian Sound Installation Enriches Public Space

Critics have compared the San Francisco-based Santomieri-Farhadian Duo’s experimental musical compositions to everyone from modernist Anton Webern to rock icon Frank Zappa. This exciting pair — Thea Farhadian on (electronic) violin and Dean Santomieri on guitar/ electronics — have been collaborating for close to a decade now, creating some of the most compelling work on […]

Forced Online, an Opera Festival Searches for Intimacy

Prototype, known for presenting visceral, chamber-scale new works, unveils an almost entirely streamed pandemic edition. By Zachary Woolfe   Jan. 11, 2021 The annual Prototype festival of new opera and music theater thrives on intimacy. Its chamber-scale offerings — often politically charged, emotionally brutal and just plain loud — vibrate the viscera. Prototype has become known for […]

Plastic-teeth synthesizer

In one sense, the voc-25 is just a keyboard controller triggering a synthesizer, with some visual yuks thrown in. But when I heard it played, I realized there’s a loud clack every time a note is sounded. I think it’s produced by the solenoid that’s opening the teeth — but since it sounds like the […]

For composer Molly Joyce, disability is no barrier to virtuosity

Molly Joyce is among of the most versatile, prolific and intriguing composers working under the vast new-music dome. She’s composed spectral, searching works for orchestra, choir, string quartet and percussion ensemble; collaborated with ­virtual-reality artists, dancers and poets; and studied with the likes of Samuel Adler, Martin Bresnick and Missy Mazzoli. She also teaches composition […]

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