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Ivan Milenkovic
post Jul 30 2011, 03:48 PM
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Do you guys have any good book recommendations? smile.gif


Musical related stuff preferably, but everything else too smile.gif


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post Jul 30 2011, 04:15 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Jul 30 2011, 09:48 AM) *
Do you guys have any good book recommendations? smile.gif


Musical related stuff preferably, but everything else too smile.gif


Well if you like Teen Fiction, laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif there is this series I'm reading called, "Echoes from the edge", by Bryan Davis. The main character plays the violin and he has to play it to cross dimensional worlds. He and his female interpreter friend, who has perfect pitch, must work together to save the world from Interfinity: the merging of all the dimensional worlds which would cause causing havoc. It's pretty cool. The two main characters are 16 years old. But it doesn't feel like a little kid book. It's one of those series you have think about and put pieces together, but not so much that's it's strenuous. Haha. Just thought I'd throw that out there, or maybe for anyone else passing by?

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post Jul 30 2011, 09:51 PM
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I just read Marx's "Capital",... if you are interested ?!? tongue.gif


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post Jul 30 2011, 11:11 PM
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There's this awesome book which is supposed to help you play like yourself at your highest level smile.gif it's called 'Effortless Mastery' by Kenny Werner. Try it! I personally loved it biggrin.gif


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post Jul 31 2011, 02:54 AM
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The old man and the sea - E. Hemingway


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post Jul 31 2011, 03:39 AM
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QUOTE (El Fortinero @ Jul 30 2011, 08:54 PM) *
The old man and the sea - E. Hemingway


aha. I had to read that book for school. To be honest, I thought it was dry. At least for a while. It took a while to get to the point. But I guess that's the style. smile.gif

But that's cool you like it! smile.gif


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post Jul 31 2011, 08:10 AM
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The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown
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post Jul 31 2011, 08:44 AM
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Great recommendations, I shall look them up! smile.gif


Anymore music related stuff that you've been reading lately? smile.gif



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post Aug 1 2011, 12:25 AM
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Hey Ivan If you want to read an interesting book about music try "This is your Brain on Music: The science of a human obsession" by Daniel J. Levitin. Basically the book is about the science behind how music is created and how things such as intervals and harmony and various other aspects of music effect our minds when we listen to it. The author is both a session musician and a neuroscientist (interesting combo) and writes very well and makes it easy for non-scientists (like me!) to understand. Great book! wink.gif


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The Jazz Ear by Ben Ratliff. Absolutely amazing book and great music analaysis/recommanditions!


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Musically related...

Ashley Khan's 'A love supreme: the story of John Coltrane's Signature album'.
Great piece about the making of an iconic piece of music and what the artist went through. Khan's also done another similar book for Mile's Kind of Blue.

Mark Lewisohn's 'The complete Beatles recording sessions: The official story of the Abbey Road years.'
All the session details, notes, logs and also comments from the producers and engineers. Some great stories in there.

Glenn Gould's The Glenn Gould Reader.
Great insights to how the composer and classical painist thought about music, playing and composing.

John Cage's Silence: Lectures and writings. and also Themes and Variations
Same as Gould...

Jon Savage's Englnd's Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock and also his Time Travel: From the Sex Pistols to Nirvana: Pop media and sexuality, 1977-96.
Great cultural and historical resume of punk and beyond.

Various: Undercurrents: the hidden wiring of modern music.
Cultural contextualisation of various musical genres of the 20th C.

David Toop's Ocean of Sound.
His view of the cultural context of experimental music

A bit more theoretical:

Chris Cox and Dan Warner (eds) Audio Culture: readings in modern music.
A collection of chapters from various people about modern music.

Jacques Attali Noise: the political economy of music (will work well with Marx's Capital or even Guattaris and Negri's Empire)

Theodore Adorno's Philosophy of Modern Music
A little dated but still a core modernist Marxist view.

Paul Virillo's Speed and Politics
A somewhat more postmodern understanding of music

Martin Heidegger's Poetry, Language, Thought
His ontotheological and phenomenological understanding of art as aisthesis (sensuous apprehension) or aesthetic experience

Georges Bataille's Inner Experience and also Visions of Excess
Bataille's very different, almost antihumanist (in the philosophical sense) and non-phenomenological, take on aesthetic excessive experience.

Maurice Blanchot's Writing of the Disaster and also his Literature and the Right to Death in his Work of Fire.
Blanchot's discussion of how art informs and is informed by Being. He, to some extent, tries to bring Bataille and Heidegger in to contact.

Yve-Alain Bois and Rosalind Krauss's Formless: A user's guide.
their attempt to adopt Bataille's informe as a means to theorise modern art (and you can easily transpose that to experimental music and improvisation).
Krauss's Optical Unconscious overlaps with Formless quite a bit but without the concept of the informe as leitmotif.

Jean-Luc Nancy's Birth to Presence
How art (and music) affects Being, being and identity - so quite a bit of reliance on Heidegger but also draws on Derrida and Hegel.


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QUOTE (thefireball @ Jul 30 2011, 11:39 PM) *
aha. I had to read that book for school. To be honest, I thought it was dry. At least for a while. It took a while to get to the point. But I guess that's the style. smile.gif

But that's cool you like it! smile.gif


Because Hemingway was one of the first writers that used "the peak of the iceberg" style (the only that writer shows to you in the book is the peak of an iceberg, but underneath there are lots of things that you can´t see and have to imagine- you don't see that under the water there is a huge block of ice sustaining that peak, so in Hemingway's books there are lots of thing you have to figure it out by yourself, one great example is Indian Camp or a Farewell to arms)). don't your teacher explained that to you? ohmy.gif
and yes, his books always take a big while to get to the point rolleyes.gif sometimes it annoys me


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