[spectre] New podcast: PROBES #2. Curated by Chris Cutler

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Mon Dec 3 16:34:20 CET 2012

*New podcast: PROBES #2. Curated by Chris Cutler
Should music be in harmony with the laws of physics, or adjusted to fit the
wishful thinking of stave notation?

Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/probes2_chris_cutler_/capsula
Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20121129/Probes2_eng.pdf

In the late nineteenth century two facts conspired to change the face of
music: the collapse of common practice tonality (which overturned the
certainties underpinning the world of Art music), and the invention of a
revolutionary new form of memory, sound recording (which redefined and
greatly empowered the world of popular music). A tidal wave of probes and
experiments into new musical resources and new organisational practices
ploughed through both disciplines, bringing parts of each onto shared
terrain before rolling on to underpin a new aesthetics able to follow sound
and its manipulations beyond the narrow confines of ‘music’. This series
tries analytically to trace and explain these developments, and to show
how, and why, both musical and post-musical genres take the forms they do.
PROBES #2 continues to explore probes into pitch, examining alternative
tuning systems based on the naturally occurring harmonic series, opening up
a potentially infinite series of customised Just Intonation scales.

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