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Product of Culture-Clash: social scene, patronage and group dynamics in the early New York Downtown scene and the Theatre of Eternal Music

Bridges, Brian (2008) Product of Culture-Clash: social scene, patronage and group dynamics in the early New York Downtown scene and the Theatre of Eternal Music. Maynooth Musicology (Postgraduate Journal), 1 (1). pp. 1-21. [Journal article]

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Abstract

This article will explore the background to the establishment of the Downtown avant- garde art and music scene in New York, including a survey of the role of the experimental composer in American music. It will investigate cultural interactions and influences between some of the main players in the early Downtown scene, focusing in particular on the Theatre of Eternal Music (TEM), the ensemble formed in the 1960s by New York-based “founding-father” Minimalist La Monte Young. It will examine some of the cross-pollination which occurred between the group and the environment in which it developed and will briefly survey the manner in which historical accounts have attributed varying degrees of credit to members of the group, along with a brief account of the current dispute between Young on the one hand and Tony Conrad and John Cale on the other.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:New York, Downtown, experimental, music, patronage, minimalism, experimentalism, conceptualism, tuning, amplification, patronage, group dynamics, composition, improvisation
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Creative Arts and Technologies
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > Creative Arts and Technologies
ID Code:32093
Deposited By: Dr Brian Bridges
Deposited On:19 Oct 2015 20:14
Last Modified:19 Oct 2015 20:14

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