Re: Solo ea

Subject: Re: Solo ea
From: Eliot Handelman (
Date: Fri Feb 11 2005 - 01:17:15 EST

Eldad Tsabary wrote:

>Looks like a very inspiring thread by the number of quick responses.
>EA music is indeed solo, not because the composer is the one on the helm
>- that has been the case throughout history, at least the actual
>composing part has - but because the composer is also the sole
>performer. In that way it is no different in essence from Liszt or
>Schumann playing their solo piano pieces.
One big difference is that Liszt didn't turn on a CD player. Playing is
a kind of magic that's stiull
enthralling when the players are good. It has physicality and gymnastics
and the grteatest that anybody can
do in real time.

Also, Rachmaninoff hammering at the piano IS hugely about
self-expression via serious passions
etc that all persons of feeling poissess, in case they happen to enjoy

This game still works in pop music but it's become much less overt in
serious avant-garde music.
When boulez said, "after all, music is self-expression" back when it
seemed like a revolutionary statement.

Diamanda Galas is or was this kind of self-expressive musician, where
the act is stripped down to
screaming, with for my tastes too much tape looping. The problems begin
when you start layering
all this tech, because it can't fail to raise identity questions that
aren't necessarily answered by
individual works in a very satisfying way.

>Personally, perhaps the most unusual collaboration I had was with
>composer Robert Cuckson in which he made an actual written score
>indicating and describing all required sounds and their organization and
>layering and I in turn realized the piece electronically - I was in
>essence the performer of his piece (with much interpretational freedom).

An example of trying to escape the the problem of individual expression.

-- eliot

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