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1999 Stories by Kyle Gann

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  • Roots in Outer Space

    published December 21, 1999

    The conceptualist avant-garde from the 1960s was the outer space of music, a music as far removed from inhabited regions of sonic thought as its... More >>

  • The Wolf Within

    published November 30, 1999

    Among all animals, wolves hold a special place in the human psyche. "Man is an angry wolf," Custer is supposed to have said. No one makes films... More >>

  • In the Realm of the Senses

    published November 16, 1999

    In the 1980s, Nic Collins was a ubiquitous mover and shaker of the Downtown new-music scene. He spent the last seven years in Amster dam and... More >>

  • Master of the Slow Surprise

    published November 2, 1999

    In the history books, Phill Niblock is the forgotten minimalist. K. Robert Schwarz's Minimalism doesn't mention him, while Edward... More >>

  • God Is Not in the Details

    published October 19, 1999

    Carbon Copy Building was a bold bid for a new music-theater paradigm at a time when we need bold new bids. First of all, it was visual... More >>

  • Music Turned Inside Out

    published October 12, 1999

    If it's true, as I've heard, that there are too many masochists in the world and not enough sadists to go around, that might explain the... More >>

  • To Groove Or Not To Groove

    published September 21, 1999

    Ten is the number of monumentality: at least over at Nonesuch Records, which has released a 10-disc set of Steve Reich, one of the Kronos Quartet,... More >>

  • Balancing the Audio and Visual

    published September 7, 1999

    To write music for a play or narrative film is a relatively clear-cut kind of composing: You have certain cracks to fill in and moods to set, and... More >>

  • Music For Theremin

    published August 24, 1999

    By all rights, that whacky, eerie-sounding box called the theremin should be as dead as the brachylosaurus and as quaint as the bustle. Instead,... More >>

  • Consumer Guide

    published August 10, 1999

    MARYANNE AMACHER: Sound Characters (Tzadik) Since she's famous for building-sized three-dimensional sound sculptures, I was re signed to... More >>

  • Orpheus Meets Isolde, With Ducks

    published July 27, 1999

    For most of recorded history, China was several centuries ahead of Europe in music, as in so many other areas. The two cultures invented opera,... More >>

  • Grand Old Youngster

    published July 13, 1999

    In honoring Steve Reich as the featured composer for this year's festival, Lincoln Center performs a very different service than in past years.... More >>

  • Sound Bytes of Truth

    published July 6, 1999

    Jeffrey Harrington's Acid Bach plinks its way through microtonal melodies like banjo music somehow smeared by a wet hand. The way those... More >>

  • What Our Pulses Say

    published June 15, 1999

    He calls his songs "control songs," though they generally tell us how little control we have over our lives. His new CD is called... More >>

  • Micro Breweries

    published June 1, 1999

    Everything that can be done in music has already been done." The next time you hear some tunesmith fob off an interviewer with that tired... More >>

  • Y Not 2K?

    published March 30, 1999

    The music that has constituted the "contemporary music" of my lifetime so far is a music violently opposed to nostalgia. As Pierre Boulez, one of... More >>

  • Words Set, Not Sung

    published February 9, 1999

    Nineteenth-century composers had Goethe and Heinrich Heine and Maurice Maeterlinck to set to music. Today we have Santa Fe writer Melody Sumner... More >>

  • Classical Trash

    published January 19, 1999

    Walking home from a downtown bakery with a marzipan bassoon he had special-ordered, Professor Peter Schickele, of the University of Southern North... More >>

  • When 2+2 Isn’t 4

    published January 5, 1999

    What most people don't recognize about Philip Glass's recent music—and they're free to criticize the music after the recognition, but not... More >>

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