PRINT December 2013

Music: Best of 2013

Alvin Lucier

Bruce Odland rigging a microphone on top of the Tank, Rangely, CO, June 28, 2013.

1 SAVE THE TANK With the guidance and energy of sound artist Bruce Odland, a group of supporters raised more than $40,000 last spring to purchase a rusted, disused water tank in Rangely, Colorado. The structure has amazing acoustics, and now musicians from all over will have the opportunity to explore this singularly resonant space.

2 “SYNTH NIGHTS” (The Kitchen, New York, March 22–23) For the second installment of this intermittent music series, distinguished composer David Behrman performed, among other pieces, his vintage Runthrough (1968), for homemade synthesizers and controlled mixers, and more recent works, such as Open Space with Brass (2011).

3 KYLE GANN, ROBERT ASHLEY (University of Illinois Press) This is an engaging book by a remarkable writer on music. At 184 pages, it is short, but it wonderfully elucidates the layered complexity of Ashley’s groundbreaking compositions.

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