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Sun, Jan. 25th, 2009 04:02 am
Siding with Cage against Branca

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H. Duck
Sun, Jan. 25th, 2009 06:46 am (UTC)

Excellent post.

I can't weigh in, as I'm not willing to buy the Branca piece on spec and the snatch excerpted on amazon seems pleasant but non-representative. What I will say is that in other interviews I have found Cage's fuzzy logic infuriating, and while I can stand beside him and pooh-pooh Wagner til the cows come home I think in this century we could do with a little more formalism, thanks, and less musical Duchamp urinals.

Also.. My Bloody Valentine is occasionally bombastic, yes, but it is also resolutely anticlimactic. Past the first triumphal chords of Loveless there's something really febrile about it, something anti-macho... there are songs there that sound like I imagine the world sounding through the walls of the womb. Ditto for sonic youth, actually - rarely does SY's best material (although it's hard to draw generalizations out of such a wide body of work) build, as such. Thurston Moore's latest solo album is characterized for me mostly by its warmth, and in its warmth to me it feels representational, which is something Cage would disapprove of, but I feel there's a place for programmatic content in music. For every Wagner there's a Satie.


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Sun, Jan. 25th, 2009 08:27 am (UTC)

Well, but Cage loved Satie, of course!


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