Aug 20 2009
Andy Battaglia: Future-Shock Music
Cover of Undercurrents: The Hidden Wiring of Modern Music
Serious music fans fetishize moments of future-shock rupture—those moments of fruitful confusion and ecstatic release that attend the arrival of new movements and new sounds. Whether charting the erratic patterns of pop novelty or the ideological progress of the art-music impulse, a significant body of music literature works to survey the conditions and consequences of future shock. These books organize histories forever in flux and push music in new directions. The best among them teach us how to listen—and think—anew. The following books are essential reading from future-shock music literature, beginning with the early years of avant-garde classical composition and continuing up through the age of techno.
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