Author Archives: Amanda MacBlane

One of a Kind

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The 40 recordings that we received this month spotlight many musicians who have truly crafted their art with a unique approach to music making.

Take a Chance

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In preparation for an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on surrealism, I am in the midst of re-reading André Breton’s first Surrealist Manifesto. I am always a little tickled by his vigorous academic defense—calling upon Freud, Proust, and Pascal—of the games he and his hand-picked disciples played. In a less pretentious, yet equally […]

The Matchmaker

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Creating ambiance is much more than adding a fish tank, some framed art, and a cool lamp or two. Therefore, I have taken it upon myself to add another dimension: music—so here are my spatial visions for the 36 new releases of American music this month.

The New Sound Machines

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Whether it is the bleeping, crunchy, ethereal sounds created using computers, traditional instruments being stretched to create exciting new harmonics, or simply the ability to hear music from distant parts of the world, contemporary composers and listeners alike have made extensive use of these new sound “machines” to expand our aural capacity.

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

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The amount of music attempting to capture the culture of a specific geographical region is quite remarkable. This August, I embarked on a sonic road trip, as several American composers led me across this great American soundscape.

What’s It All About?

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Music is written in order to transcend the visual and verbal boundaries of rhetoric, but how this is achieved is a point of contention for many composers, musicians and scholars.