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Off the Trail: Absorbing the Reflection of the PCT

Mary Clapp

Environmental degradation and cultural annihilation aside, the total combination of sounds on the PCT is something that is interesting and wondrous to behold. There’s often a special kind of beauty in the confusion that arises when you’re not entirely sure what you’re hearing.

The T.A.R.D.I.S. of Opulence

Lincoln Center

When we listen together, the space in which we convene affects our impression not only of the sound but of ourselves. To what degree are we as audience members encouraged to use our musical experiences to imagine ourselves as royalty of a different era?

(Don’t) Leave it to Bieber

concert crowd

I’m not saying you can’t hate some pop music; I’m just saying you can’t, in the presence of a practicing postmusicologist, hate on all pop music just because it is popular, disguising elitism as self-pitying pride in new music’s marginalized market position.

The Dilemma of the “Postmodern Avant-Garde”

Rock Paper And Vintage Scissors

Talking about a “postmodern avant-garde” might well seem oxymoronic. But what at first glance appears self-contradictory might, upon closer inspection, disclose itself as a fundamental social tension within new music culture—or, rather, a tension between the ideals of that culture and the material reality of contemporary socio-economic structures.

It Ain’t Us, Babe

Steam locomotive enters tunnel

Beware of musicologists bringing hegemonic narratives to discipline the chaos of the contemporary.

The Musicology of the Present

postmusicologist

This seems like the perfect venue to take up a challenge laid down by composer-journalist-scholar Kyle Gann, who in 2008 tasked a generation of music historians with having “dropped the ongoing narrative of composed music.”

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