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Infinite Music: Imagining the Next Millennium of Human Music-Making by [Harper, Adam]
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Infinite Music is a super clear, open-ended philosophy of sound and music for the post-rave generation. Essential reading for sonic modernists everywhere. --(Cristian Vogel)

A timely analysis of musical evolution at a moment when many practitioners have become fixated on the past and thinkers have found themselves unable to locate possible futures. --(Steve Goodman, author of Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear)

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Adam Harper discusses aesthetics and criticism in music, art and life on his blog Rouge's Foam. He studies musicology, composes music and has written for Wire magazine.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 630 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Publisher: John Hunt Publishing; Reprint edition (16 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00652HYE2
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #668,078 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Exciting beginnings of a conceptual framework that might shine light on structural functions throughout the infinite territories of "musicking"-- music as it's played, rather than as a fixed/discrete object. This is a theory of Music Space-- all possible music-- and its subsets, music spaces, which might be: instruments, works, styles, -- maybe all of these things simultaneously ('alien genres'? great speculative chapter on these near the end). Formal musical models ringing with a kind of vitality once again (this is nothing if not a book of beautifully imagined musics)-- a new process music, a theory of objects and variability across all scales, a theory of movement, tactics of 'dequantization' woven throughout.

A new object-oriented formalism, a kind of serialism for our times-- a connection made explicit in the introduction, recalling the early 20th century's own theory of variability which opened new spaces, which said "yes" to the affective forces of all twelve equal-tempered tones and their combinations-- with Harper's ontology, a new "YES" to all the materials that we have at our disposal, all objects, all spaces. Infinite Music reads as a proud inheritor of Modernist ideals, a kind of response to the helplessness of 'retromania' that Simon Reynolds and others have identified in recent years. Is pop culture obsessed with its own past? Dequantize it!

The language can be a bit dry if you're not prepared for it. The imagined musics here are revealed as architectural constructions rather than poetic flows-- for the most part, it's our own imaginary drifts through the spaces that fill them in with "content", the book merely setting the stage. Remember, though, it's about "Music Space" & its territories/structures-- the stage/space itself (in motion) is the subject.
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Read this after directly after reading David Byrne's excellent How Music Works and was extremely let down. Infinite Music has a fantastic premise but is somewhat lacking in ideas, momentum, and energy.
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