• In re: ‘Experimental Music’

    Author(s):
    William Brooks (see profile)
    Date:
    2012
    Subject(s):
    Music, United States, Twentieth century, Pragmatism
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    experimental music, John Cage, Lejaren Hiller, 20th-century American music, Composition
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/5j9d-mm84
    Abstract:
    John Cage is universally associated with the phrase experimental music. But what did that phrase mean, for Cage and for Cage’s predecessors? I begin with Cage and Lejaren Hiller, both writing important texts on ‘experimental music’ in 1959. From there, I trace the phrase backwards, eventually reaching Emile Zola, Gertrude Stein, and William James. A final section traces the phrase forward to Cage and Hiller’s collaboration on HPSCHD (1969).
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
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