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Difficult Listening

Sundays 9pm-11pm

The second half of the 20th century saw significant innovation take place in the realm of avant-garde classical composition.

With composers such as John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis taking classical composition into realms that were previously unheard of, the foundations were laid for a tradition of experimental, exploratory and otherwise “difficult” musical forms to develop.

Difficult Listening takes in compositions from the legends of new music alongside works by lesser known composers and artists working in a range of styles that push the very barriers of sound creation and composition.

Including, but not limited to, styles such as modernism, early computer music, spectral music, noise, improvisation, drone and ambient music, Difficult Listening provides an important space for sounds that exist well outside of the realms of musical normality.

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Sun 7 Jan 2018 Listen

Michael is back from the States, playing pieces from the faculty and alumni of the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music, including artists like Pauline Oliveros, Robert Ashley, Maggi Payne, Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Morton Subotnick, David Behrman, and many more. Also playing a rare recording of Maryanne Amacher's deafening 2001 performance at Mills.


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