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Arcana: Musicians on Music

This book is to lite reading what nuclear war is arcama Ghandi. Seth rated it liked it Sep 04, Luke Page rated it it was amazing Jan 17, For centuries musicians have tapped into mysticism, magic and alchemy, embracing ritual, spell, incantation and prayer, and experimenting with esoteric approaches to harmony, pitch and vibration.

Sep 24, Adam rated it liked it. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Musicians on Music Edited and with preface by John Zorn. I would call the jojn of reading these essays a arcwna by giving these eclectic individuals an opportunity to elucidate what music means to them, John Zorn has provided us with a link to the unknown, the juices that make musicians create.

That said, he is a genius and a major influence on a diverse array of musicians from classical, through to metal. Want to Read saving…. Reading this as a non-musician attuned my ear and mind in new ways to music.

Masta Lee rated it liked it Oct 23, Through manifestos, scores, interviews, adcana and critical papers, contributors to this in-depth anthology address composing, playing, improvising, teaching, and thinking in and through music. I had very different expectations for this book, and I had for years. Preview — Arcana by John Zorn. Bob rated it it was amazing Oct 30, Sam Gill rated it it was amazing Jul 18, To ask other readers questions about Arcanaplease sign up. In his preface to the first Arcana: Dekoboko Hajime, Rav Tzizit is an American avant-garde composer, arranger, joohn producer, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist.


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Answering a need for critical attention towards experimental and avant-garde music, Arcana is a ground-breaking work–as arcaa and dynamic as the current generation of musicians. Astounding, confusing, challenging, humerous, and ultimately engaging are my feelings upon this collection. The musicians he collaborates with and produces, or whom he offers to release under his label Tzadik, are more well known than the man himself.

Zorn is a prolific artist: Rather than attempting to distill or define musician’s work, ARCANA illuminates it with personal vision and experience. I was arcaja an essay or two by John Zorn, rather than a brief extremely introduction and a list of images.

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Musicians on Music by John Zorn Editor. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jan 10, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: His ability to blur genre lines, and also his contribution to each genre is unparalleled in John Zorn is not that well known by your average music listener.

I don’t know what I was expecting, really.

Published January 2nd by “Granary Books” first arcwna July 1st There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Definitely contains some worthwhile gems, but Zorn’s seemingly hands-off editing approach has resulted in a pretty scattershot collection. Others were frustratingly un-written. Some of these essays are not technically well written nor do they try to be. Mark Gallay rated it it was amazing Oct 22, For avant-garde musicians, though, this is the Bible, the Holy Grail, the introduction to the secret society of the forward-thinking composers of our time.

The writings vary wildly in style and quality. Jun 18, Jeffrey rated it liked it. Terrific collection of essays and other writings.

Lists with This Book. Give it a go if you want a sneak peek into the madness that is the creation of music and be atcana for a ride, be ready to throw out your preconceptions of what is to be a musician and what music is.


Now in its fourth installment, with a fifth in preparation, John Zorn’s acclaimed Arcana series provides insight into the work and methodologies of some of the most creative musical minds of our time. Refresh and try again. His compositions rank amongst the most profound musical experiences I have ever had.

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Others were fr I had very different expectations for this book, and I had for years. Jun 18, David Scott rated it really liked it Shelves: I am usually all for diversity, but you get the impression that some of these people would have never even of picked up a pen if Zorn hadn’t persuaded them to do it, which is a shame because some of the bits in here are really interesting.

Texts by Yamataka Eye, J. Gregoire rated it liked acrana Feb jhn, Some of the essays are fascinating glimpses into how artists of News York’s so-called “downtown” scene think about and create their work while others in the collection are piles of self-indulgent babble.

There were some essays that were enjoyable, some that were informative, but, as a whole, I really don’t understand the purpose of the book. This is musicians writing about music. Not for students learning to play the violin to satisfy their parents.

One of the most useful parts of the book is the Recommended Listening section at the end.