Undercurrents: The Hidden Wiring of Modern Music

Undercurrents: The Hidden Wiring of Modern Music

by The Wire
     
 

For the last twenty years The Wire has fearlessly bypassed fashion in it's search to expose the most innovative, radical, and compelling music from every genre all across the world. As listeners have grown increasingly eclectic and adventurous in their tastes, The Wire has emerged as the most authoritative source on modern music.

In Undercurrents some of the best

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Overview

For the last twenty years The Wire has fearlessly bypassed fashion in it's search to expose the most innovative, radical, and compelling music from every genre all across the world. As listeners have grown increasingly eclectic and adventurous in their tastes, The Wire has emerged as the most authoritative source on modern music.

In Undercurrents some of the best music writers of our time uncover the hidden wiring of the past century's most influential music. Ian Penman discusses how the microphone transformed the human voice and made phantom presences of great singers such as Billie Holiday, Robert Johnson, and Brian Wilson. Christoph Cox demonstrates how the pioneers of live electronic music, the West Coast ensemble Sonic Arts Union, redefined virtuosity for the electronic age. Philip Smith and Peter Shapiro examine Harry Smith's Smithsonian Anthology of American Folk Music, which led to a massive reappraisal of musical values that went far beyond the folk music revival.

Music explored in Undercurrents ranges through avant rock, jazz, hiphop, electronica, global music, and contemporary "classical."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826464507
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
12/15/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements1
Introduction: The Hidden Wiring3
Recording Angels: The Esoteric Origins of the Phonograph15
On the Mic: How Amplification Changed the Voice for Good25
The Jerrybuilt Future: The Sonic Arts Union, Once Group and Mev's Live Electronics35
Worship the Glitch: Digital Music, Electronic Disturbance45
The Eternal Drone: Good Vibrations, Ancient to Future59
Slapping Pythagoras: The Battle for the Music of the Spheres71
The Ragged Trousered Anthologist: The Secret Worlds of Harry Smith81
The Solar Myth Approach: The Live Space Ritual: Sun Ra, Stockhausen, P-Funk, Hawkwind99
Humans, are they Really Necessary?: Sound Art, Automata and Musical Sculpture117
Automating the Beat: The Robotics of Rhythm131
The Autobahn Goes on Forever: Kings of the Road: The Motorik Pulse of Kraftwerk and Neu!141
Rock Concrete: Counterculture Plugs in to the Academy153
Deck Wreckers: The Turntable as Instrument163
Destroy All Music: The Futurists' Art of Noises181
The Limits of Language: Textual Apocalypse: Merz, Lettrism, Sound Poetry193
The Music of Chance: Musical Dice Men from John Cage to John Zorn209
Smiling Faces Sometimes: Soul Music's Grinners Versus the Backstabbers223
Frames of Freedom: Improvisation, Otherness and the Limits of Spontaneity233
Generation Ecstasy: New York's Free Jazz Continuum249
Bibliography/Discography265
Contributors273
Index275

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