Fred Cisterna writes a spoken-word column for Signal to Noise magazine.
MARCH 2009 | Music
In the course of transforming the tones and rhythms of American speech into vocal music, the composer and inventor Harry Partch created work that radically broke from the classical European models that his peers drew from. Partch came up with a whole new approach to achieve this goal, one that utilized microtones and drew inspiration from ancient Greek culture, Chinese music, and other exotic sources.
OCT 2006 | Music
When trumpeter Jesse Selengut first thought of putting on a jazz festival in Williamsburg, he almost gave up before he started. At first, he imagined an outdoor event, but he quickly realized that would mean dealing with liquor permits, stage rentals, possible rain delays, crowd control, and other hassles.
DEC 05-JAN 06 | Music
I know this older guy who follows new bands but instantly dismisses 99% of them. When he heard one hotly hyped recent CD, he deadpanned, Im glad these young men have found something to do with their excess energy.
JUN-JUL 2003 | Music
Plenty of recent pop albums feature fine production, tasteful arranging, and hummable tunes. The drag is that so many of them endlessly wallow in pops past glories; theyre based on worn templatesthe sounds of another time and another placethat were created decades ago.
MAY 2008 | Books
Rudolph Wurlitzer, The Drop Edge of Yonder (Two Dollar Radio, 2008), Peter Conners, Emily Ate the Wind
(Marick Press, 2008), Carl Watson, The Hotel of Irrevocable Acts (Autonomedia, 2008)
DEC 04-JAN 05 | Music
While twentysomething indie rockers were busily toying around with various retro (and once innovative) styles, performers/composers old enough to be their parentsor grandparentswere still pushing boundaries.
OCT 2004 | Music
Words have their own music and music has its own language, and on two recent reissues, speech and sound merge, mingle, and clash.
WINTER 2003 | Music
Plenty of recent pop albums feature fine production, tasteful arranging, and hummable tunes. The drag is that so many of them endlessly wallow in pops past glories; theyre based on worn templates-the sounds of another time and another place