Search Journal for New Music

Anyone interested at all in serious inquiry into the state of new music should be reading the Search Journal for New Music. At the moment I am especially taken with Stuart Paul Duncan’s essay “To Infinity and Beyond: A Reflection on Notation, 1980s Darmstadt, and Interpretational Approaches to the Music of New Complexity” which deals with similar topics as his essay “Re-Complexifying the Function(s) of Notation in the Music of Brian Ferneyhough and the ‘New Complexity,’” referenced in my previous post on complexity and failure.

Where else is one to find such treasures as in-depth analysis of Ferneyhough’s Carceri d’Invenzione III, or an article by Colin Holter, the description of which is best left to its title: “The Spiritual Construction of Tuning in American Experimental Music” ? If you have any other favorites, be sure to share them in the comments.

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