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10 Ways of Drawing Music (San Francisco)

Below are 10 images shot on opening night of the Every Sound You Can Imagine exhibit, currently running at New Langton Arts in San Francisco. These are just two handfuls of the avant-garde sheet music on display. I ran one previous image, of a Morton Feldman work, on the evening of the show:

Karlheinz Stockhausen:

Conlon Nancarrow (“Pencil on hand-punched piano roll”):

Gavin Bryars‘s The Sinking of the Titanic, a personal favorite. This is, clearly, the “performed” part of the work, not the taped part:

A detail from a Joan Jeanrenaud piece, with instructions on how to implement technological aspects, specifically the processing of the cello, which is her primary instrument:

Gordon Mumma instructions:

Cornelius Cardew:

Steve Roden (“Pencil, watercolor, and collage on vintage musical notation paper”):

Stephen Vitiello:

Yasunao Tone:

Robert Ashley:

More coverage likely to follow.

Also on display is work by William Basinski, Alvin Curran, Philip Glass, Ryoji Ikeda, György Ligeti, Christian Marclay, Barry McGee, Phill Niblock, Carsten Nikolai, Raster-Noton, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Morton Subotnick, 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

By Marc Weidenbaum

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