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The Place Where You Go to Listen: In Search of an Ecology of Music

AUTHOR Adams, John Luther
PUBLISHER Wesleyan University Press (04/01/2009)
PRODUCT TYPE eBook (Open Ebook)

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A personal journey into the music of the Arctic

Did Alaska create the music of John Luther Adams, or did the music create his Alaska? For the past thirty years, the vastness of Alaska has swept through the distant reaches of the composer's imagination and every corner of his compositions. In this new book Adams proposes an ideal of musical ecology, the philosophical foundation on which his largest, most complex musical work is based. This installation, also called The Place Where You Go to Listen, is a sound and light environment that gives voice to the cycles of sunlight and darkness, the phases of the moon, the seismic rhythms of the earth, and the dance of the aurora borealis. Adams describes this work as a place for hearing the unheard music of the world around us. The book includes two seminal essays, the composer's journal telling the story of the day-to-day emergence of The Place, as well as musical notations, graphs and illustrations of geophysical phenomena.
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ISBN-13: 9780819569035
ISBN-10: 0819569038
Binding: Electronic Book Text (Windows)
Content Language: English
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Page Count: 180
Carton Quantity: 28
Product Dimensions: 8.20 x 0.60 x 7.90 inches
Weight: 0.75 pound(s)
Feature Codes: Bibliography, Table of Contents, Illustrated
Country of Origin: US
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BISAC Categories
Music | Instruction & Study - Appreciation
Music | History & Criticism - General
Dewey Decimal: B
Library of Congress Control Number: 2008054108
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A personal journey into the music of the Arctic

Did Alaska create the music of John Luther Adams, or did the music create his Alaska? For the past thirty years, the vastness of Alaska has swept through the distant reaches of the composer's imagination and every corner of his compositions. In this new book Adams proposes an ideal of musical ecology, the philosophical foundation on which his largest, most complex musical work is based. This installation, also called The Place Where You Go to Listen, is a sound and light environment that gives voice to the cycles of sunlight and darkness, the phases of the moon, the seismic rhythms of the earth, and the dance of the aurora borealis. Adams describes this work as a place for hearing the unheard music of the world around us. The book includes two seminal essays, the composer's journal telling the story of the day-to-day emergence of The Place, as well as musical notations, graphs and illustrations of geophysical phenomena.
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Author: Adams, John Luther
Adams has released over a dozen recordings and worked with many prominent performers. He has taught at the University of Alaska, Bennington College, and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
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