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Alternative Sheet Music Techniques at New Langton Arts (San Franciso)

This is just one of the many pieces of avant-garde sheet music on display as part of the Every Sound You Can Imagine exhibit at New Langton Arts in San Francisco. The show opened last night, February 5, and will be on display through March 28:

That is one of the panels depicting Morton Feldman‘s “Intersection 2” (1951). More coverage, including additional photos, will follow shortly.

Also on display is work by William Basinski, Cornelius Cardew, Alvin Curran, Philip Glass, Ryoji Ikeda, Joan Jeanrenaud, György Ligeti, Christian Marclay, Barry McGee, Phill Niblock, Carsten Nikolai, Raster-Noton, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Steve Roden, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Morton Subotnick, Stephen Vitiello, Iannis Xenakis, and others. The show was curated by Christoph Cox and Robert Shimshak, and was organized and previously exhibited at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston. More details at newlangtonarts.org.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  1. Robert Shimshak
    [ Posted June 21, 2009, at 4:32 pm ]

    I am glad you liked the show. Did you have any favorite works?

  2. Marc Weidenbaum
    [ Posted June 21, 2009, at 7:02 pm ]

    Hi, Robert. Of all the pieces, the ones that stick with me the most are the Vitiello ones, the way the overlay of sheet music and the high-contrast, black-and-white photos combined into music was just tremendous. It was especially moving to see in person the scores to works that I admire so much, especially the Bryars and the Glass. The Stockhausen that served as a totem for the overall exhibition was beautiful, like a Mayan calendar. But in the end, it was less any specific individual pieces and more the collection that got me.

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