Space Explorations: Avant-Garde Music in Three Dimensions

Click play for the fifth episode of No Sounds Are Forbidden. Host Matthew Friedman explores how avant-garde composers rediscovered the spatial nature of sound in the 20th century, and explored the three-dimensional implications of their music. This episode features music by Charles Ives, Erik Satie, Edgard Varese, John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, David Tudor, and Henry Brant, as well as Giovanni Gabrielli, and Georg Philipp Telemann.

phillips pavillion
The Phillips pavilion at the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels. Designed by Le Corbusier, with Iannis Xenakis. The interior space resonated with Edgard Varese’s Poeme Electronique.

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