[spectre] New podcast: In PROBES #29, Chris Cutler looks into nature, not as pastorale but as concrete musical resource

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*New podcast: PROBES #29, curated by Chris Cutler *


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. I
<https://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/probes-29>n PROBES #29
<https://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/probes-29> composers turn to nature, not
as pastorale but as concrete musical resources. We look at animals,
vegetables and one or two minerals as they are directly incorporated into
musical works, as leading voices: there are birds, wolves and whales,
obviously, but also less cuddly creatures, plants, cacti, rocks and stones.
We also consider some of the motives and ideologies at work, and hear
minerals make sounds that are hard to credit.

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