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CDeMusic td Mon Jan 1 11:23:18 2007
If you're seriously interested in adventurous music, you probably already know about CDeMusic, who publishes new music CDs and books. They have a download page full of interesting mp3 excerpts.
Dialtones (A Telesymphony) td Mon Jan 1 11:23:24 2007
From slashdot we hear about Dialtones, a composition played by dialing the audience's mobile phones. According to the technical diagram, they installed a microcell site at the concert hall and programmed things so that the conductor could dial selected patterns of phones at will.
Grapefruit td Mon Jan 1 11:23:17 2007
Yoko Ono's book Grapefruit, a collection of Fluxus-style instructions for music and art, has been reissued after 30 years out of print.
Revolution 9 td Mon Jan 1 11:23:08 2007
Revolution 9 remains one of my favorite pieces of music. Here's an analysis from Chile, Alan W. Pollack's Notes, a description of an Alternate Take, more notes at beathoven, and at Steve's Beatles Page. Here's another analysis
Rokkaku td Mon Jan 1 11:23:23 2007
Rokkaku is the piece I'm working on right now for the Cornelius Cardew Choir. I wrote it because the choir, while improvising, often makes sounds that make me think I wish we could do that on purpose. So I wrote down descriptions of some of my favorites, and made up a structure to tie them all together.

The piece is organized as a parable about corporate management. The choir is divided up into a three level structure. In line with American management tradition, the names of the levels are extremely important, suggest authority way out of proportion to duties, and only peripherally relate to what the people actually do.

Upper management (the Superconductor) does strategic planning and tries to direct a corps of middle managers (the Semiconductors) to carry out the plan. The middle managers try to turn the directions they get from upper management into specific instructions for the workers (Nonconductors, i.e. the singers.)

But the managers are not really in control. They can communicate their instructions only by waving flags. The singers are given only the vaguest of instructions on how to interpret the flag waving, and in any case, the workers get to pick and choose whether to work (sing) or not at any instant, and which manager to follow.