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• 30.03.2017

The solace of John Cage’s speaking and writing.

• 16.11.2017

Ione completes an opera by her late partner Pauline Oliveros.

• 30.03.2017

Musicians and listeners respond to our survey.

• 26.07.2018

Bang on a Can, “Arthur,” and the avant-garde music meme factory.

• 21.06.2018

Analyzing an aural document of terror.

• 02.08.2018

An Interview with Michael Pisaro.


Video of the Week

Aretha Franklin

Imagine that Pavarotti had actually felt well enough to give his scheduled performance of “Nessun Dorma” at the 1998 GRAMMY’s. It’s likely that nothing remarkable would have happened, Pavarotti probably would have received an obligatory-but-milquetoast standing ovation, and the world would have moved on. But that’s not what happened. Instead, we, the undeserving, were gifted this monstrous performance by the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. It is simultaneously a flawless rendition and a giant “screw-you” to anyone who thinks genre distinctions make something like this impossible. Franklin passed away on August 16, 2018.


Audio of the Week

Ana-Maria Avram

This work by the late Romanian spectral composer Ana-Maria Avram is philosophically apocalyptic. “Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?”

Editor’s picks

• 31.03.2016

An interview with Odradek Records founder John Anderson.

• 18.08.2016

The personal and political histories of Lukas Ligeti.

• 14.06.2018

Pierre Hantaï teaches himself.

• 26.04.2018

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19.09.2018 • 01:46

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Composing in the era of entrepreneurship.

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Occupy Handel

Artists take over the Brazilian Ministry of Culture.