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Genesis of a Music Among the few truly experimental composers in our cultural history Harry Partch s life and music embody most completely the quintessential American rootlessness isolation pre civilized cu

  • Title: Genesis of a Music
  • Author: Harry Partch
  • ISBN: 9780306801068
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Paperback
  • Genesis of a Music By Harry Partch, Among the few truly experimental composers in our cultural history, Harry Partch s life 1901 1974 and music embody most completely the quintessential American rootlessness, isolation, pre civilized cult of experience, and dichotomy of practical invention and transcendental visions Having lived mostly in the remote deserts of Arizona and New Mexico with no access to formAmong the few truly experimental composers in our cultural history, Harry Partch s life 1901 1974 and music embody most completely the quintessential American rootlessness, isolation, pre civilized cult of experience, and dichotomy of practical invention and transcendental visions Having lived mostly in the remote deserts of Arizona and New Mexico with no access to formal training, Partch naturally created theatrical ritualistic works incorporating Indian chants, Japanese kabuki and Noh, Polynesian microtones, Balinese gamelan, Greek tragedy, dance, mime, and sardonic commentary on Hollywood and commercial pop music of modern civilization First published in 1949, Genesis of a Music is the manifesto of Partch s radical compositional practice and instruments which owe nothing to the 300 year old European tradition of Western music He contrasts Abstract and Corporeal music, proclaiming the latter as the vital, emotionally tactile form derived from the spoken word like Greek, Chinese, Arabic, and Indian musics and surveys the history of world music at length from this perspective Parts II, III, and IV explain Partch s theories of scales, intonation, and instrument construction with copious acoustical and mathematical documentation Anyone with a musically creative attitude, whether or not familiar with traditional music theory, will find this book revelatory.

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    1. As a young classical music student, I read this book cover to cover with real interest I ve also designed and built instruments for many years.Harry Partch, who grew up in small town Arizona before World War II, is a genuine part of Americana and earthly music history, at least for insiders his explorations of just intonation and ways to musically exploit his own sense of obscure tonality or as it s currently labeled in music circles microtonality i.e than 12 equal half steps per octave amounte [...]

    2. A fascinating read, providing a general and historic introduction into the reasoning behind Partch s investigations into and refinement of a natural tuning system than the current standard equal temperament that we have been stuck to pretty much since the invention of the keyboard The composer s written style is very similar to his natural speech, almost musical itself and a delight to read, at least in the earlier chapters The descriptions of the tuning system itself can become quite complex w [...]

    3. i love this book, and the time that i spent in san diego years ago studying partch s music and learning how to play the instruments his unique vision is on par with someone like werner herzog s a wholly original being in a sea of copycats he s always been a huge inspiration and this book offers us a glimpse of the amazing music he left behind.

    4. There s a lot of math here S ppose that s to be expected in a book about microtonality, sound frequencies, etc and the 43 note scale Harry Partch eventually created for his music And while that s cool, that s kind of like a painter spending a book writing about how he gets his pigments It s better when he gets deeper into why he makes the choices he makes, describes how he designed built his orchestra, and offers some of the tactile details of the music like a chart detailing what empty bottles [...]

    5. Microreview Fascinating stuff reading about his thoughts on music, and the instruments he constructed to play his unique compositions However, though I m well versed in mathematics, my grasp of formal music theory or maybe my lack of imagination was not enough for me to connect the dots and figure out how his math was used in creating new scales and such I ended up skimming over a lot of the middle chapters Still, the book is a valuable tool in trying to understand is music, and aids in apprecia [...]

    6. Not an easy read in many chapters, but a book I turn to again and again over the years by one of the few original composers and freethinkers.

    7. Two stars only because I didn t understand what the hell was going on Then again, I guess my Philistine ears can t appreciate the beauty of the 43 tone scale and the 11 limit just intonation.

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