The history of MEV founder and sound artist Alvin Curran's musical voyage from interviews, scholarly articles, Curran's own travel log, and archival photos - essential and insightful writing.
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Label: Die Schachtel
Catalog ID: DS 904873
Squidco Product Code: 13531
Packaging: Deluxe edition, silver and gloss varnish print, 300 pp in English and Italian
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Table Of Contents
Part One - Essays
Daniela Margoni Tortora - 66/67, Alvin's Train
Eleonoa Ludovici - Music Without Borders: Alvin Curran Between Europe and America
David W. Bernstein - An American In Rome: Conversations With Alvin Curran
Alvin Curran - Permesso Di Soggiorno, An Opera In Several Acts
Part Three - Appendices
List Of Works
Writings By Alvin Curran
Films That Use Curran's Music
Index Of Names
descriptions, reviews, &c.
"Although Alvin Curran is almost universally recognized as one of the leading figures of the late 20th century musical avant-garde, he has never received the recognition he deserves in the form of a proper publication. This is, in fact, the first book ever to present a complete and coherent picture of this gigantic figure of experimental music. A radical experimentalism and a kind of innate volatility have, in fact, long kept the person and the work of Alvin Curran, one of the historic founders of the group Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV), at the margins of contemporary musical historiography. His vast and all-inclusive experience refuses to fit into the common schemas and cubbyholes, excluding him from the conceptual straitjackets of current Western musicology.
Lavishly produced and conceived, this book is centered around extensive descriptions of the most important works and compositional techniques, providing a historical account of Curran's musical concerns and changing style: in permanent flux between two distinct cultural geographies (Italy and USA), sensitive to an infinity of pressures, encounters, transformations, and provocations, Curran's artistic voyage is presented here through a comprehensive historical and critical study that avoids buzz-word definitions and gives great respect to his otherness -- an otherness clearly and happily a part of the variegated musical universe of our time.
Gathered for the first time in a single monograph, the contributions of several of the foremost Italian and international scholars -- enriched by an astounding "travel log" by Alvin Curran himself and by unpublished images from his private archive -- confirm the role of this composer-performer-teacher-writer as a major contributor to the evolution of artistic languages in the late 20th century and beyond. Edited by Daniela Margoni Tortora. 300 pages, softcover, in Italian and English."-Die Schactel
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