Wandelweiser miscellany – Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise

In my column this week on the wide world of Wandelweiser, I mention Jennie Gottschalk’s new book Experimental Music Since 1970 (Bloomsbury). Jennie has built an amazing website called Sound Expanse, which contains vast quantities of material relating to the exploratory music of recent decades. A few days ago she put up a Wandelweiser page, gathering links to many of the principal composers. See also her previous “resource guides” to Jürg Frey and Michael Pisaro, either of which will keep you listening for hours.

Alex Ross’s column highlights the somewhat confidential Wandelweiser collective of composers who make “music between sound and silence.” The links in this piece will help listeners discover this beguiling music that flirts with silence.

You might also want to read my interview with R. Andrew Lee, one of the pianists mentioned, and co-founder of the Irritable Hedgehog label, which has recorded a number of these composers.

And be sure to check out this week’s episode of The Next Track podcast; we have an interesting interview with Alex Ross about classical music today.

Source: Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise: Wandelweiser miscellany

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