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What Do the Presidential Candidates Think About Music? Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader “With hundreds of radio stations owned by a single company, it comes as no surprise that the programming reflects the economic desires of that company, not the greater interests of its listeners. Instead of challenging programming, we get mind-numbing mock analyses of non-stories crafted solely for entertainment value. Thanks to the 1996 Telecommunications […]

What Do the Presidential Candidates Think About Music? Patrick J. Buchanan 1

Patrick J. Buchanan This is the real quote! “Everyday we see new evidence of the corruption of our popular culture: Filthy art financed with tax dollars. Television steeped in raw sex and romanticized violence. Movies that mock religious faith. Music that extols social chaos.” From Patrick J. Buchanan, “PJB On the Issues: Culture,” Tuesday, March […]

What Do the Presidential Candidates Think About Music?

A Statement of PurposeOver a month ago, Frank and I set about contacting five Presidential candidates to ask them for thoughts on American music. No one responded. Al Gore’s campaign was the only one to dignify us with a response. Other responses ranged from clueless silence (Nader’s campaign; then again, they don’t even provide a […]

Who Represents the Unsilent Minority?

There needs to be a greater musical awareness among the people who hold our elected offices. But there also needs to be a greater political awareness on the part of people who make and shape music in this country.

What is your favorite tuning system? Why?

Johnny Reinhard“What is the virtue of sticking to any single system of tuning? Why a system, and not an approach, or multi-systems?…” Joe Monzo“The desire to simplify Partch’s numerical (ratio-based) notation led to me create harmonic lattice-diagrams to represent the pitches in ‘ratio-space’…” Joe Manieri“I’m sorry for all you just people, but I’m un-just…” Lois […]

BETWEEN U S: A HyperHistory of American Microtonalists

Twelve-tone equal temperament, as this common tuning is called, is a 20th-century phenomenon, a blandly homogenous tuning increasingly imposed on all the world’s musics in the name of scientific progress. In short, twelve-tone equal temperament is to tuning what the McDonald’s hamburger is to food.