Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: La Monte Young (1935 — )

  1. #1
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    3,734
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default La Monte Young (1935 — )



    Excerpt from MELA Foundation, Inc.
    http://www.melafoundation.org

    La Monte Young has pioneered the concept of extended time durations in contemporary music for over 50 years. He contributed extensively to the study of just intonation and to the development of rational number based tuning systems that are used in his periodic composite sound waveform environments, as well as in many of his major performance works. Presentations of Young's work in the U.S. and Europe, as well as his theoretical writings, gradually influenced a group of composers to create a static, periodic music which became known as Minimalism. Musician magazine stated, "As the acknowledged father of minimalism and guru emeritus to the British art-rock school, his influence is pervasive," and in 1985 the Los Angeles Herald Examiner wrote, " for the past quarter of a century he has been the most influential composer in America. Maybe in the world." In Minimalism:Origins, 1993, Edward Strickland added, “Young is now widely recognized as the originator of the most influential classical music style of the final third of the twentieth century.”

    In L.A. in the '50s Young played jazz saxophone, leading a group with Billy Higgins, Dennis Budimir and Don Cherry. He also played with Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman, Terry Jennings, Don Friedman and Tiger Echols. At Yoko Ono's studio in 1960 he was director of the first New York loft concert series. He was the editor of An Anthology (NY 1963), which with his Compositions 1960 became a primary influence on concept art and the Fluxus movement. In 1962 Young founded his group, The Theatre of Eternal Music, and embarked on The Tortoise, His Dreams and Journeys (1964- ), a large work involving improvisation within strict predetermined guidelines. Young played sopranino saxophone and sang with the group. Jennings, Dennis Johnson, Terry Riley, Angus MacLise, Marian Zazeela, Tony Conrad, John Cale, Jon Gibson, Jon Hassell, Lee Konitz and David Rosenboom are among those who worked in this group under Young's direction.




  2. Likes tortkis liked this post
  3. #2
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    15,980
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    139

    Default

    Hey Morimur! Now you're talking my language. That good ol' drone. I have one CD by Young, on Grammavision. I saw the Well-Tuned Piano box a long time ago in Dallas for $75, and I eternally regret not getting it. What's it going for now, $3500?

    For a close substitute, check out Terry Riley's "The Harp of New Albion."

    I've got all that Dream Theatre stuff, too, with John Cale. I think Young sued them for releasing it. The Tony Conrad Early Minimalism box is good, too.
    A bonus cut on the remaster of John Cale's Vintage Violence has him doing overdubbed droning violas. Be sure to hear that one.

  4. Likes Morimur liked this post
  5. #3
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Posts
    14
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post
    Hey Morimur! Now you're talking my language. That good ol' drone. I have one CD by Young, on Grammavision. I saw the Well-Tuned Piano box a long time ago in Dallas for $75, and I eternally regret not getting it. What's it going for now, $3500?
    In that case, I think you might appreciate this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvlxZh0Ia-4

    All six and a half hours of its glory.

  6. Likes SeptimalTritone, Morimur liked this post
  7. #4
    Senior Member SeptimalTritone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Posts
    1,393
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    OMG it's up on youtube again!!!

  8. Likes adtsang liked this post
  9. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2016
    Location
    Not on TC!
    Posts
    1,369
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    2

    Default

    Last year I was walking around a city (not mine) when I was at a university openday. I have previously downloaded The Well-tuned Piano to my iPhone and had it playing as I had a few hours spare. I walked around the city with that piece playing and it was a surreal experience. (I had a Xenakis playlist on the way there and back too, it was on a bus)
    But the Well-tuned Piano is still unlike anything I've really heard before, the closest probably being Feldman. The quality of his Minimalism puts him as a very unique composer, and one I have ecstatic memories of!

  10. Likes SeptimalTritone liked this post
  11. #6
    Senior Member seven four's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    state of panic
    Posts
    146
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    hell yeah!





    .
    The universe is made up of protons, neutrons, electrons and morons.

  12. Likes Xenakiboy liked this post
  13. #7
    Senior Member seven four's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    state of panic
    Posts
    146
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    how's that for enthusiasm?




    I used to volunteer at the Dream House
    The universe is made up of protons, neutrons, electrons and morons.

  14. Likes Xenakiboy, SeptimalTritone liked this post
  15. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Posts
    39,995
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by seven four View Post
    how's that for enthusiasm?




    I used to volunteer at the Dream House

    Not any more then?

  16. #9
    Senior Member seven four's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    state of panic
    Posts
    146
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    It's been 13 years! I had more free time back then. I did it for a long time. And other things for them too.

    I'm still a big fan of their art and music.
    The universe is made up of protons, neutrons, electrons and morons.

  17. Likes Xenakiboy liked this post
  18. #10
    Senior Member isorhythm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    2,656
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Very open-ended question here: what's the deal with recordings of Young's music? What's out there, what was released and has gone out of print, what's online?

    Magnum Miserium posted a Theater of Eternal Music recording on youtube the other day that I really liked. And I know there's at least one recording of the Well-Tuned Piano on youtube. But surely there are other sources for recordings of his music? I can't recall seeing them in used record stores but maybe I haven't looked hard enough.

  19. #11
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    15,980
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    139

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by isorhythm View Post
    Very open-ended question here: what's the deal with recordings of Young's music? What's out there, what was released and has gone out of print, what's online?

    Magnum Miserium posted a Theater of Eternal Music recording on youtube the other day that I really liked. And I know there's at least one recording of the Well-Tuned Piano on youtube. But surely there are other sources for recordings of his music? I can't recall seeing them in used record stores but maybe I haven't looked hard enough.
    All the stuff he had on Grammavision went out of print when Rykodisc bought it out, for reasons probably due to the fact that La Monte Young doesn't want it in print, for one reason or another. There was a legal dispute when John Cale released his tapes of The Dream Syndicate, which he was in.

    There was a bunch of bickering on-line at Young's website, years ago. I doubt if anything has been resolved.

Similar Threads

  1. Terry Riley (1935-)
    By millionrainbows in forum Composer Guestbooks
    Replies: 40
    Last Post: Aug-17-2016, 05:56
  2. La Monte Young???
    By ArcticFox in forum Classical Music Discussion
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: Nov-24-2015, 00:17
  3. La Monte Young's experimental works
    By MoonlightSonata in forum Classical Music Discussion
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: Apr-17-2015, 21:58
  4. La Monte Young
    By Albert7 in forum Composer Guestbooks
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: Mar-11-2015, 02:54
  5. First Wieniawsky contest, 1935.
    By Hassid in forum Strings
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: Oct-21-2012, 23:50

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •