[spectre] New podcast: In PROBES #22, Chris Cutler finishes his survey of the importation of exotic instruments

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*New podcast: In PROBES #22
<http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/probes-22-1-chris-cutler/capsula>, *Chris
Cutler finishes his survey of the importation of exotic instruments,
looking past their sonorous and timbral values, to the way they are
deployed as vectors of meaning, language and symbolic representation.

Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/probes-22-1-chris-cutler/capsula

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. In
<http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/probes-22-1-chris-cutler/capsula> as we
conclude our examination of the incorporation of exotic instruments into
western musical contexts, we move away from considerations of novelty and
timbre to look into wider questions of meaning, intention and

>>And here you can find the complete series of PROBES

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