Among the Ruins: The Rebirth of Europe’s Avant-Garde

Henri Pousseur, David Tudor, Heinz-Klaus Metzger, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Pierre Boulez at Darmstadt in 1956 In the eleventh episode of No Sounds Are Forbidden, host Matthew Friedman explores how European composers built a new avant-garde, virtually out of nothing after the Second World War. Growing out of the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music, this transnational community...

Among the Ruins: The Rebirth of Europe’s Avant-Garde

Henri Pousseur, David Tudor, Heinz-Klaus Metzger, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Pierre Boulez at...

Soir d’Hiver: The Spectacular Modernist Christmas SPECTACULAR!

We're back with our tenth episode. Musicologist Jill Rogers (University College Cork) joins host...

The Death of Europa: The Rise and Fall of the Inter-War Avant-Garde

Click play for the ninth episode of No Sounds Are Forbidden. Host Matthew Friedman explores the...

In Phase/Out of Phase: The Radical Simplicity of Minimalism

Click play for the eighth episode of No Sounds Are Forbidden. Host Matthew Friedman explores the...

Music of Changes: Cage, Chance Operations, and Indeterminacy

The "New York School" in 1962: Christian Wolff, Earle Brown, John Cage, David Tudor, and Morton...

Synthetic Sound: The Second Electronic Music Revolution

Click play for the sixth episode of No Sounds Are Forbidden. Host Matthew Friedman explores sound...

Space Explorations: Avant-Garde Music in Three Dimensions

Click play for the fifth episode of No Sounds Are Forbidden. Host Matthew Friedman explores how...

The Tale of the Tape: The First Electronic Music Revolution

The San Francisco Tape Music Center in 1964. From left to right: Tony Martin, Bill Maginnis, Ramon...

Listening in the Dark: The Avant-Garde at the Movies

The soundtrack album for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) stimulated unprecedented interest in...

Order From Chaos: Modernism and Rationality in 12 Tones

Modernists in exile in America. From left to right: Violinist Rudolf Kolisch, conductor George...

Confronting Tonality

I came to avant-garde art music fairly early (and fairly easily), through the soundtrack album for...

I Remember: The Music of the Holocaust

At the end Viktor Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis, Kaiser Uberall accepts his fate: he will be...

From the Bins: Three West Coast Composers

I had just paid for an armful of LPs at Iris Records, my local vinyl emporium in Jersey City's...

Rites of Spring: The Concert Season at the End of the World

Outrage flooded into the aisles of the Théâtre des Champs Elysées on the night of 29 May 1913, and...

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