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Binky Listens

On a 2014 episode of the beloved Canadian-American kid’s show “Arthur,” everyone is getting into this really weird band—except for Binky. Known among his classmates for having refined musical taste and talent, Binky decides to listen to the band only after another character, Muffy, teasingly suggests that “it might be too sophisticated” for him. “Too […]

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Studio Metaphors

A Profile of Morton Subotnick By · Title Image Morton Subotnick and Nyoman Wenton in rehearsal for the world premiere of “Intimate Immensity,” in 1996 · Date 5/24/2018 “I don’t even know what it means,” Morton Subotnick admitted, when I asked if his music could be called psychedelic. We were sitting in his hotel lobby […]

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Excavated Timbres

By the time he started pursuing a formal education in the avant-garde, John McCowen had already traversed to both ends of the spectrum of rock popularity. During the 2000s, he was singing and screaming in hardcore bands at house shows around his native Carbondale, Illinois. Then, in 2009, he was playing flute and sax in […]

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Sun Energy

An Interview with Liz Durette By · Title Image Dave Iden · Date 09/28/2017 The Baltimore-based interdisciplinary artist Liz Durette recontextualizes the Fender Rhodes, an electric piano best known for its classic rock connotations (heard in The Eagles, The Doors, The Doobie Brothers, and the like), as the outlet for her solo improvisations informed by […]

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Rage and Cringe

On Against Modern Opera Productions By · Title Image © Salzburger Festspiele / Monika Rittershaus · Date 08/10/2017 In our time, a unique jargon has developed for talking about internet memes. This jargon correlates with certain pop cultural tendencies; it expresses emotions people have felt before, but have never been able to convey as concisely […]

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Vulnerable to the Unknown

On Yarn/Wire’s “Currents” Series By · Title Image © Bobby Fisher · Date 06/01/2017 The setup itself, two pianists and two percussionists, is not conventional. Yet it formed naturally, without a deliberate plan. This naturalness elucidates why giving a title to each member of Yarn/Wire is perhaps misleading: there’s a fluidity to the quartet that […]