Many thanks to Astral Spirits, Super Secret Records, and Austin Cultural Exchange for an exhilarating couple of days in the arctic tundra of Texas!

 

And, many thanks to those that braved the chill to come hear Nate Wooley talk about Sound American and interview Ken Vandermark on topics as wide ranging as the definition of free improvisation and the place of the object in improvised music practice.

 

Speaking of objects, we are currently offering a very special bundle (limited to 15 copies) of Sound American Volume 1: The First Three Issues and the beautiful Astral Spirits release of Sound American: The Cassette Issue. The book has been out for just a week and we're approaching the end of the print run, so this is a good chance to pick up your copy before we run out for the year as well as getting the cassette, which features two of SA's favorite conversations with Ian Nagoski and White/Yeh/Pitsiokos from the What Is American Music and Cornelius Cardew Issues directly.

 

You can pick up this special bundle here.

 

And, of course, you can order the cassette from Astral Spirits and the book directly from us here.

All proceeds from these sales go to paying honorarium for future contributors to Sound American and production fees, such as web-hosting and copy editing. A full accounting of where your money goes when you donate to SA or buy a SA product will accompany the next issue, SA17, coming out in early February.

Sound American 16: The Anthony Braxton Issue

A Constant Presence by Nate Wooley
A Constant Presence by Nate Wooley
"We all received something from Braxton with our fees for performing after the Sonic Genome. In a small envelope, written in cursive on a plain sheet of brown notepaper, was a note—the same note that everyone received, I’m sure. Written simply: 'Thank you for your music, sir. —AB'"
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Anthony Braxton's Language Music
Anthony Braxton's Language Music
"While it is not monolithic or immovable, it can be thought of as a song form of a sort—in the same way that a jazz musician may use the tradition of a Tin Pan Alley tune to channel their music."
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Taylor Ho Bynum on Anthony Braxton
Taylor Ho Bynum on Anthony Braxton
"It is about embracing a philosophy that prizes process over product and risk over reward, yet also demands commitment, focused study, and 'doing one’s best.'"
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Download and Support!
Download and Support!
Help Sound American and the Tri-Centric Foundation continue their work by downloading the Language Music Album: The complete solo recordings made for this issue by some of creative music's brightest stars!
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The Trillium Operas
The Trillium Operas
"...he has conceived of a network of operas that '[w]hen completed…will be offered to humanity as a context to experience ‘life multiples’ and affirmation. [Braxton] envision[s] a world of ‘circumstances’ where the human experience can be celebrated in all of its splendor.'"
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Ghost Trance Music
Ghost Trance Music
"For me, GTM represents the functionality of music-making in a community. In the hope of expanding the Tri-Centric Community and creative community as a whole, the following “tool box” will contain definitions of certain symbols, terminology, and descriptions of features fundamental to Ghost Trance Music."
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Syntactical GTM: A Conversation
Syntactical GTM: A Conversation
"It was a little stunning, after several years of performing Syntactical GTM, to discover that those letters and numbers are there for a reason. And it helped me realize that Anthony's music is full of details that can seem incidental in one context, and then in another context those same details can open up or connect to a whole other world."
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The Fantasy and Mystery Interviews by Graham Lock
The Fantasy and Mystery Interviews by Graham Lock
Author of "Forces in Motion", Graham Lock gives SA access to never published interviews with the composer during his transition to GTM and Trillium systems.
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Echo Echo Mirror House Music
Echo Echo Mirror House Music
" The controls embedded on this webpage represent three channels of a simplified version of the system. This example is designed to give a single person control over a small instance of the EEMHM sound collage and experiment with mixing compositions from different categories, changing volume levels, changing tempos, and fading compositions in and out of each other at different rates."
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Pine Top Aerial Music
Pine Top Aerial Music
"Both the dancers and the musicians share many of the same parameters, compositional elements and improvisational tools. However, Braxton makes a clear role differentiation between musician and dancer in PTAM: both are mapping the space, but in different ways and with different skills."
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