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The iGasm ‘Listener’ – A Potential Avant Garde Music Audience?

With news that Apple is suing the manufacturers of the iGasm it occurred to me last night that this perhaps was a possible new venue for contemporary music. I brought up the subject with a few friends over beers and the debate began, ‘What piece of avant garde music would be the ideal iGasm driver?’

Steve Reich? Philip Glass? Xenakis? Ferneyhough? The winner at the table seemed to be the genre of noize punk. Driving 200 BMP noise. But who knows? Maybe your music could be a hit at this latest of new music venues extended! What piece of music would drive the adventurous iGasm user into sensory overload?


Comment from Rob Deemer
Time: May 26, 2007, 4:44 pm

Something tells me this would make the guys in So Percussion very, very popular…

Comment from David Salvage
Time: May 26, 2007, 10:47 pm

Aha! A definitive means to mediate all classical-music smack-downs: Wagner vs. Brahms, Schoenberg vs. Stravinsky, Babbitt vs. Reich. Who REALLY delivers the O?

Comment from Marco Mazzini
Time: May 27, 2007, 5:19 am

It has to be Glass: again, again, and again…and again…

Comment from David Ocker
Time: May 27, 2007, 9:54 am

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Comment from Jay Batzner
Time: May 27, 2007, 11:55 am

I don’t know, I think Metastasis would do fairly well…

Comment from Anthony Cornicello
Time: May 28, 2007, 9:59 am

Holy crap this is funny!

Wait a minute – “Music for 18″.

Comment from Mell Csicsila
Time: May 28, 2007, 12:51 pm

Russell Peck: “Lift-Off” for 9 bass drums.

Comment from david toub
Time: May 28, 2007, 10:11 pm

A work by Andrew Thomas from the 70s as recorded on the Opus One label: Pricksong

Comment from Steven Cartwright
Time: May 29, 2007, 9:17 am

Ferneyhough for the horny few?

Comment from JS
Time: May 30, 2007, 12:48 pm

Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Charlemagne Palestine have a piece called “SCHLONGO! : theLUVVdrone,” or something similar? That’s probably a winner.

It would also be interesting to consider which music would be the absolute WORST for this purpose. Or maybe not – I guess 4’33 would be pretty hard to top for sheer ineffectiveness.

Comment from david toub
Time: May 30, 2007, 1:13 pm

Yes, that’s correct about Palestine—one of my favorite works by him, actually. Forgot about that.

Re: 4’33″: if it’s feet and inches rather than minutes and seconds, I’m not sure the “ineffectiveness” is tenable

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Time: June 1, 2007, 8:20 am

[…] The soundON Festival of New Music takes place June 13-16 and features San Diego State experimental music professor Joe Waters. Her Noise was an exhibition of women in experimental music, and a video is available of the making of the exhibit. Another video, this one of Anthony Braxton in Istanbul, is available. The Anton Kern Gallery is featuring the art of Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart). Finally, on the lighter side, a Sequenza21 blogger considers what kind of avant-garde music would best facilitate the iGasm, a new “toy” that is *ahem* driven by digital sounds. […]

Comment from Tom DePlonty
Time: June 1, 2007, 10:45 am

4’33” might be the the least effective, but Feldman could take the cake for sheer frustration.