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Tauba Auerbach and Sam Hillmer
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Before the premiere of their multimedia collaboration LIGATURE, visual artist Auerbach and saxophonist Hillmer talk about connectivity, geometry, and the nature of mind.

Arturo Ruiz del Pozo’s Composiciones Nativas and Miguel Flores’s Primitivo by Renato Gómez
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Peru is an experiment—from colony to slavery to independence to diasporic migration; from military to revolutionary to criollo dictatorship; and then from corruption to neoliberalism to democracy to, finally, more corruption. (Can someone rewind the tape and get us back to side A please?) In the 1970s, out of this motley salad of historical tensions came musicians Arturo Ruiz del Pozo and Miguel Flores, who questioned the nature of Peru’s cultural production and identity with sound.

Ursula Le Guin and Todd Barton: Music and Poetry of the Kesh by Matthew Erickson
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Ancient music to accompany a sci-fi novel.

David Behrman’s Music With Memory by Clinton Krute
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We often think of music as flowing from memory or being committed to memory. Music With Memory—the title of a new LP of three ’80s-era performances of works by the composer David Behrman—implies some conversation and interplay between the two. 

Meredith Monk and Jim Hodges
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The two artists consider the roles that trust and doubt play in their expressions of the ineffable.

Roland Kayn’s A Little Electronic Milky Way of Sound by Keith Fullerton Whitman
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The prospect of a physical music anything is dicey at best in the year 2017, which makes frozen reeds’ choice to bring out Roland Kayn’s A Little Electronic Milky Way of Sound—an object containing sixteen compact discs of nearly fourteen hours of previously unreleased material—respectably audacious. 

Looking Back on 2017: Music
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Featuring selections by Jem Cohen, Keith Connolly, Britton Powell, Alan Courtis, Byron Westbrook, and more.

Cellular Portals: A Conversation with Ursula Andkjær Olsen by Morten Høi Jensen
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The Danish poet on corporeal poetics, pregnancy, and the influence of classical music.

The Blue Note: on Noémi Lefebvre’s Blue Self-Portrait by Amanda DeMarco
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Female intelligence and female obsession, in the air

Okkyung Lee and Ikue Mori
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Two improvisers and composers discuss their involvement in New York’s experimental music scene.

Field Recording by Lea Bertucci
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On a crisp morning in March, we approach the site. It appears in the distance on the windswept beach just as the sand gives way to dunes. The ocean roars to our right.

Free Exercise by Marina Rosenfeld
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Using a hybrid orchestra of military and experimental musicians, the most recent iteration of Marina Rosenfeld’s large-scale composition, Free Exercise, was staged at this year’s La Biennale de Montréal.

Field Recording by Patrick Higgins
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I’ve been working with the concept of remixing my own classical compositions for a number of years.

Marina Rosenfeld by Tristan Shepherd
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The artist and composer stages her latest entanglement of bodies, spaces, and sounds at the Biennale de Montréal this October.

Jon Gibson by Britton Powell
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Whether you’re drawing a straight line or zig-zagging through the history of American Minimalist music, there is one person you’re bound to meet.

Wadada Leo Smith by John Corbett
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“I think that creative improvisation music models the democratic principle. Heads of state and legislative bodies could learn a lot from this practice.”

Ohal by Jesse Ruddock
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“It’s like bouncing ideas back and forth with a friend, but the friend is you.”

Vijay Iyer by Mendi Obadike & Keith Obadike
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“Asymmetry is part of what makes us human, and it’s what makes our actions feel human. And we only know that because we can have a programmer make something play ‘perfectly,’ and it sounds terrible.”

John Corbett by Andrew Lampert
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“The records I don’t listen to are as important as the ones I do.”

Max Richter by Tobias Carroll
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“Everyone comes together, then they just go to sleep. It’s an anti-rave.”

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