John Zorn’s acclaimed Arcana series, now in its seventh installment, is a major source on new music theory and practice in the twenty-first century. The most. by John Zorn. Jazz. Punk. Dada. Beat. These words and their longer cousins, the ism-family (surrealism, postmodernism, abstract expressionism, minimalism). ARCANA edited by John Zorn. ISBN: paper: $ Preface by John Zorn READ >> Press: comments by Steve Reich and Meridith Monk READ >>.

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Arcana VIII – Musicians on Music

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. The audience is deprived of its right zoorn the pleasure of creating its own interpretation, and the critic no longer has to think about what is really happening or go any deeper than the monochromatic surface of the label itself, thus avoiding any encounter with the real aesthetic criteria that make any individual artist’s work possible.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Some of the essays are fascinating glimpses into how artists of News York’s so-called “downtown” scene think about and arcaha their work while others in the collection are piles of self-indulgent babble. Many more people were invited to contribute, but for one reason or another not all were able to participate.


I had very different expectations for this book, and I had for years. Arcana Book 8 Paperback: Jan 10, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: Zorn is a prolific artist: It has to be appreciated before entering this world that musicians are not necessarily great writers. Well that don’t cut it. This is a what if book, a glimpse rather than a map.

Some musicians write really well and some really don’t. More likely zorb is because of the musicians’ understandable and zor deliberate antagonism to such catchwords — their rejection of attempts to simplify the work, package it for the market place, and conceal the subtle and sometimes not so subtle distinctions between the works of the many individual zkrn concerned. Read more Read less. This book exists to correct an unfortunate injustice, the incredible lack of insightful critical writing about a significant generation of the best and most important work of the past two decades.

Arcana: Musicians on Music

Whether it is to look at Fred Friths arcaja on composing and playing great fun for Frithophiles deciphering the music involved or the fingering techniques of Bill Frissel this is a book that inspires the act of making music.

View all 3 comments. Wide variety of stuff here. Dekoboko Hajime, Rav Tzizit is an American avant-garde composer, arranger, record producer, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist.

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ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Each essay is unique and propels you into the subconscious of the writer. Some are genuinely interesting, some dry and technical, some painfully pedantic, and some just kind of dumb.


All of them provide for inspiring and thought-provoking reading, making this an invaluable book for both fans of these artists and aspiring musicians of the avant garde.

The writings vary wildly in style and quality. Lists with This Book. Hips Road September 26, Language: Return to Book Page.

For avant-garde musicians, though, this is the Bible, the Holy Grail, the introduction to the secret society of the forward-thinking composers This book is to lite reading what nuclear war is to Ghandi. Reading this as a non-musician attuned my ear and mind in new ways to music.

Well not in this best of all possible Worlds. Musicians on Music by John Zorn Editor. Some of these essays are not technically well written nor do they try to be.

These texts are for the seriously deranged opponent of conformity. Arcana is a book that you will go back to again and again. This book is to lite reading what nuclear war is to Ghandi.

Claudia Adams rated it liked it Oct 06, It never has been.