Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address: Warren Burt
Music today consists of a bewildering variety of kinds of music and music making. We’ve really arrived at the situation predicted by Kenneth Gaburo in 1975 when he wrote (in The Beauty of Irrelevant Music) ‘And what if we replaced every ‘either/or’ statement with an ‘and’ statement?’
In the 1970s, Jacques Attali advanced the not-so-new idea that changes in the social and economic condition of music predicted changes in the broader society in general. Unfortunately, our society seems to be becoming more and more restrictive while music is becoming more and more diverse and free. Is this really true?
This talk will be a ‘big picture’ look at how changes in the condition of music (some desirable and some maybe not-so) could point out the way things might develop in our present-day science-fiction society.
Warren Burt is a composer, performer, video-artist, sound-poet, and instrument designer. Originally from the US, he attended the State University of NY and the University of California San Diego before moving to Australia in 1975. He has performed his work in North America, Europe and Australasia, and has composed works for a wide variety of media, including orchestral, chamber, opera and electronic composed musics, improvised music, music theatre, and video-art. He has been involved with the design of both hardware and software electronic musical instruments, as well as inventing microtonal acoustic instruments.
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