January 7th, 2020

cyberinsekt

Mauricio Kagel - Antithèse

Mauricio Kagel's Antithèse is not your typical electroacoustic piece. It was first performed to mark John Cage's 50th birthday, presented as an example of theatrical experimental music. In part it's a response to one of the problems with musique concrete, how to bring the element of performance back so that concerts aren't just empty stages with tapes playing on them. Indeed, you can tell just by listening that it's a expressive and very playful piece. What the listener perhaps desn't get is just how flamboyant it was meant to be in terms of the performance, so if you've got the time go and watch the filmed version. I think my favourite element of the whole thing is that Antithèse für einen Darsteller mit elektronischen und öffentlichen Klängen, to give it its full title, contains its own audience response. There's a fictitious audience within the composition that boos and applauds. Honestly, experimental music could use more of that; forestalling those hostile audiences who resent the intrusion of new forms into "their" space.

Mauricio Kagel - Antithèse
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