While turntablism and its impact on the growth of hip-hop is well documented, the turntables have not received much notice in musical academia. Through this article, I hope to introduce my fellow composers and other students of music to an instrument with great expressive potential and a history of innovation.
Dada and surrealism exerted a pervasive influence on 20th-century music, especially on mid-century avant-garde composers based in New York—among them Edgard Varèse, Stefan Wolpe, John Cage, and Morton Feldman.
Women have made tremendous strides toward parity with their male colleagues in the field of composition, but we’re not all the way home just yet.
Notations 21, an upcoming book and website explores the history of graphic notation in the 40 years since the publication of the legendary John Cage/Alison Knowles anthology.
Bob Dylan, synonymous with plugging in, has much to say about electronically mediated music.
Finding ways to forge new syntheses and techniques for themselves through explorations and surprising reconciliations of tonal and post-tonal languages, the generation of American composers born in and around the year 1938 moved into the forefront of American classical music in the 1970s and ’80s.
At a formative time of their lives, the generation of American composers born in or near the year 1938 lived through an era of profound challenges to general beliefs about music and society.
To be born in 1938 meant straddling the two crises of the mid twentieth century (the Great Depression of the 1930s and the oncoming Second World War of the 1940s), but most composers born at that time were too young in the War years to remember much about this era.