Yes, Schoenberg, you and I can be friends

Randomly reading some music interviews last night. There was this interview with a piano/violin duo at Penn State University back in 1996, and the interviewer asked the duo why they would think of performing and recording George Crumb: Just the name Crumb makes me cringe, expecting dissonance. How can the same Duo encompass the lush, romantic Strauss, … Continue reading

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Last week I rather took Daniel Asia to task for his Huffington Post article on John Cage. I’m returning to the subject today because I’m interested in moving this debate beyond just Asia, or even Cage. As Lauren Redhead noted at the time, Asia’s article is merely symptomatic of how much…

experienceamf 2012: In Pictures

This is one of those experiences that I found very hard to sum up. So here’s four weeks of music + meeting new people + lovely scenery + lovely food in one post. Pictures were taken with iPhone, sometimes Instagrammed, and sometimes with a Canon DSLR I borrowed. Lorimer Chapel, perhaps the first day I … Continue reading


The really great thing about this festival is that it’s helping me out of the funk I-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-my-life kind of thing I’ve been going through for the past few months. I’m thinking again, and finding new things that make me excited, or rediscovering old things that made me excited. Right before school ended, there was this … Continue reading

ZKO Rollercoaster

This video is a dizzying visualization of the emotional effect a piece of music can have. The synchronization is pretty amazing and matches the dramatic composition of the music, including that kind of heart-in-your-mouth reaction you get from an actual roller coaster. I think it’s pretty cool!

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Music to Move By Most music moves us to move. I discovered this as a child, before I had ever seen dancing: my father played classical records at home, and when the music was on I often found myself in motion across the living-room floor, giving form to…