David Grubbs, an integral member of the Louisville music scene for decades with bands:Squirrel Bait Youth, Bastro, and Gastr Del Sol, went on to study music to the dissertation level and has since churned out a book integral to the music scene at large.
“Records Ruin Landscapes” explores the life and death effects that the process of recording has on music. From Cagean chance music, indeterminacy to popular forms, what does it mean to capture a single occurrence of a moment in time? What affect does owning a hard copy have on how we listen and experience music? What is gained and what is lost? John Cage, from whom the title of the book is derived, hated the concept of recording, and felt it countered the entire purpose and philosophy of chance, indeterminacy, and the I-ching from which the main body of his work was based. Cage wasn’t alone, most avant-garde composers of the 60s and free-improv jazz musicians felt the same way:
an individual performance was unique and practically sacred — in free improvisation there is no “composition,” not even a loosely scored one — but preserving a live gig on tape permanently was tantamount to trapping a butterfly under glass, or worse. In Bailey’s words: “The point of a record is that you can play it again[…] It’ll all eventually become mood music, right?”
Experimental music is alive and well in Louisville and many musicians and composers today take pre-recorded material and manipulate them in real time. It seems that recording, after becoming so stylized in itself, is now coming full circle. One of my questions for David Grubbs tomorrow: Where do we go from here?
Tune in to artxfm.com at 1pm EST to hear excerpts from the book, Q&A with Grubbs, and local experimental tracks.
David Grubbs will then be at Dreamland tomorrow evening to have an open discussion with Tim Barnes and play a solo set. Tickets are avail:
Thursday, April 17th
7 PM Doors
$10 General Admission; Advance Online Tickets available here:http://www.ticketfly.com/event/530791-records-ruin-landscape-louisville/.
$35 VIP Admission (includes autographed copy of Records Ruin the Landscape plus reserved seating); Advance Online VIP Tickets available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/530793-records-ruin-landscape-louisville/.
Also Happening in Literary Louisville this week:
Jeffersonville Township Public Library will be hosting an Author Fair on Thursday, April 17th from 3-7 p.m. to celebrate National Library Week. 35 authors will be in attendance selling/signing their work and undoubtedly fielding any intelligent questions. Those authors attending include New York Times best selling authors Karen Robards, Alanna Nash and Nancy Jensen, as well as several celebrated local authors, including Barry Bernson, John Boel, David Domine, Bob Hill, Fred Minnick, Susan Reigler, and Dale Moss. Help make this event a success by spreading the word and making an effort to attend.J
**Music by Kevin DeVore**
**Art/Photography by Jinn Fuller Renfro**.
Music – Stories – Poems
Bring yours and get in on the act for a chance to win $25 cash!
Open Mic Signups: 6 p.m.