John Zorn’s acclaimed Arcana series, now in its seventh installment, is a major source on new music theory and practice in the twenty-first century. The most. by John Zorn. Jazz. Punk. Dada. Beat. These words and their longer cousins, the ism-family (surrealism, postmodernism, abstract expressionism, minimalism). ARCANA edited by John Zorn. ISBN: paper: $ Preface by John Zorn READ >> Press: comments by Steve Reich and Meridith Monk READ >>.

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These words and their longer cousins, the ism-family surrealism, postmodernism, arcaja expressionism, minimalismare used to commodify and commercialize an artist’s complex personal vision. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. An appendix of brief bios for each artist ends the book, along with short lists of recommended listenings. Anverlyb rated it liked it Oct 21, For example, Scott Johnson has a long essay on aesthetics and Bill Frisell shows how he uses open strings on the guitar to create resonant melodies.

Seth rated it liked it Sep 04, Matt rated it really liked it Jan 24, If you are a musician I feel you will find lots of things in this book arcwna inspire, and for music fans we have a history of sorts that I am sure aracna enrich your listening pleasure. This is a what if book, a glimpse rather than a map. There are no zlrn topics on this book yet. Some of the essays are fascinating glimpses into how artists of News York’s so-called “downtown” scene think arczna and create their work while others in the collection are piles of self-indulgent babble.

There were some essays that were enjoyable, some that were informative, but, as a whole, I really don’t understand the purpose of the book. For the most part musicians do not like to write about their work. No trivia or quizzes yet. All of them provide for inspiring and thought-provoking reading, making this an invaluable book for both fans of these artists and aspiring musicians of the avant garde. For avant-garde musicians, though, this is the Bible, the Holy Grail, the introduction to the secret society of the forward-thinking composers This book is to lite reading what nuclear war is arcanaa Ghandi.


Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Reading this as a non-musician attuned my ear and mind in new ways to music.

This group of enigmatic folk have been and will continue to redefine music for years to come and they’re worth listening to, and in this case reading. Peter Garland,the man of the Desert, is always interesting to read, another who has the guts of throwing the political question into the mix.

And perhaps the artists themselves are not always the best people to do so, since they have chosen a largely non-verbal medium in which to work.

Arcana VIII – Musicians on Music

Some musicians write really well and some really don’t. Jan 23, Lawrence rated it really liked it Shelves: Explore zoorn Home Gift Guide. Rather than attempting to distill or define musician’s work, ARCANA illuminates it with personal vision and experience.

Drury and Marilyn Crispell should of talked more about how they play,they play great! Masta Lee rated it liked it Oct 23, It highlights some important recordings from the past few decades that have mostly been ignored due to their departure from typical composition designs. Through manifestos, scores, interviews, notes and critical papers, contributors to this in-depth anthology address composing, playing, improvising, teaching, and thinking in and through music. This is almost entirely unprecedented for an artistic movement of such scope and involving as many important figures as it does.

Astounding, confusing, challenging, humerous, and ultimately engaging are my feelings upon this collection. Refresh and try again. That said, he is a genius and a major influence on a diverse array of musicians from classical, through to metal.

As a result, the writing here is often on the raw side, but by virtue of that very fact it provides a helpful insight into the artists’ inner mind.


Others were fr I had very different expectations for this book, and I had for years. Each essay is unique and propels you into the subconscious of the writer.

Arcana, edited by John Zorn

arcwna Showing of 4 reviews. The audience is deprived of its right to the pleasure of creating its own interpretation, and the critic no longer has to think about what is really happening or go any deeper than the monochromatic surface of the label itself, thus avoiding any encounter zor the real aesthetic criteria that make any individual artist’s work possible. I think there should be more writing like this,no matter what the price, Again the greatest observations of Oliveros is that the avant-garde should serve itself first, we should all help each zrn work at each other’s music,Yeah Right!

The authors here represent a small cross section of a much larger body of musicians. There are video and Audio lectures as well as essays and multiple choice questions and answers. Zorn is a prolific artist: To ask other readers questions about Arcanaplease sign up. Get to Know Us.

Hips Road September 26, Language: Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Not for students learning to play the violin to satisfy their parents.

But there was a practical side to his essay on the idea of propositional music. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Christopher Delamater rated it it was zorrn Apr 30, Mar 27, Geoffrey Olsen rated it it was amazing. The most political here was Pauline Oliveros’s Questions answered by David Mahler, on how we all survive??