Sound American 16: The Anthony Braxton Issue
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'"
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."
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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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.'"
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."
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."
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.
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."
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."