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In case you missed it

• 08.10.2017

Look to nature, scores, and humans.

• 04.01.2018

Coping with the future in issue #86.

• 13.09.2018

Artist managers are routinely subject to sexual harassment and economic exploitation.

• 04.08.2016

Science fiction and Morton Feldman’s “Three Voices.”

• 09.11.2017

Tyshawn Sorey is tired of fighting.

• 24.05.2016

A Concerto with Cornel West and pieces on Sonia Sotomayor and Donald Trump at the Apollo Theater.




Video of the Week

Russian Musicians Getting Honors

Feeling cynical about Russia after “The Death of Stalin”? This video only lasts a minute and a half, but it might well do its part to make your day feel a little cozier. With so much negativity out there, every once in a while it’s nice to find some wholesome 20th-century virtuosi content online.


Audio of the Week

Ribbon Chert

Pink Sea Thrift is a collection of pieces by the iconic American composer Ellen Fullman in duo with David Gamper, an original member of Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening Band. These ecstatic and mesmerizing improvisations were recorded in the resonant gym of the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, California. The album also includes two tracks of Ellen Fullman in duo with founding member of Deep Listening Band, Stuart Dempster, on trombone and didjeridu.

Editor’s picks

• 15.09.2016

The mixes of the electroacoustic composer Carl Stone.

• 02.08.2018

Critiquing the system means critiquing El Sistema.

• 02.11.2017

How to tackle it, in issue #78.

• 20.07.2017

An interview with Brian Brandt, the founder of Mode Records, on the future of the music industry.

An interview with Brian Ferneyhough.

Kampela on Ferneyhough’s “La terre est un homme” and other strange, beautiful music.

“When you follow Ferneyhough, well, you are going to be alone with your music.”

British musicians, including the composer Charlotte Bray, reckon with the triggering of Article 50.


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