The newly discovered Bach manuscripts are snapshots of a unique moment of a unique individual, but they also resonate with an experience universal to those who devote their lives to music in any capacity.
Kyle Gann is magnificently back on his soapbox – plus additional comment. From a European perspective it’s not always easy to follow Kyle’s characterisations (re. the perceived conflict between liberal/leftist politics and post-serialist New Complexity – this position is a tricky one to maintain, sure, but you can be damn sure it’s absolutely intentional, and besides, it’s from such apparent contradictions that much of such music derives its vitality and force), but they always make compelling and thought-provoking reading.
WFMU has a collection of rare, seminal German synth music from 1979-1983 available for download.
And in the news, UK musicians are set to lobby parliament over the recent strict tightening of hand luggage restrictions which currently require instruments such as Stephen Isserlis’s 1730 Stradivarius cello to travel at the tender mercies of the
chuckers baggage handlers and the luggage hold. UPDATE: Apparently children’s authors, however, can carry on whatever they wish.