Zero Squared #51: Drone and Apocalypse

Jan 6th, 2016 | By | Category: Articles, Zero Squared

zerosquared51Joanna Demers is associate professor of musicology at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, where she specializes in post-1945 popular and art music. Her book with Zero Books Drone and Apocalypse was published on December 11th in 2015. The back of the jacket copy for the first book describes it this way:

Drone and Apocalypse is an exhibit catalog for a retrospective of twenty-first-century art. Its narrator, Cynthia Wey, is a failed artist convinced that apocalypse is imminent. She writes critical essays delineating apocalyptic tendencies in drone music and contemporary art.

In this episode you’ll hear excerpts from an interview with Brian Eno, as well as bits of music from La Monte Young, Fatboy Slim, Schoenberg, and Bach. The David Walton Blues Trio’s song “Adorno: Jazz-Perennial Fashion” and Mark Hosler (of Negativland fame) can also be heard.

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