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    Default Greetings from Amherst, Mass.

    I stumbled across this forum via a google search. I produce and host a radio program of contemporary classical music. My focus is on avant garde, experimental, 12 tone, serialism, and electronic music. Among my favorite composers: John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Harry Partch, Christian Wolff, Meredith Monk, Morton Feldman, Alvin Curran, Milton Babbitt, and Noah Creshevsky.

    I have no training beyond Music Appreciation 101. I am always eager to learn more about the history and theory of music. It seems the main way people get familiar with the kinds of music I like is being introduced to them during the course of study. Thus, I run into people who assume I must be a musician or a composer. I am neither; what I am is an avid listener. What I had was interest and a radio program. This allowed me to poke around the music library and discover music for myself and also to request thousands of promotional CDs from labels and artists.

    I ran into a stumbling block about eight years ago when my program became more scholarly oriented. My ears loved what I was hearing, but I lacked the expertise to explain the theory behind it to my listeners. I have learned things bit by bit over the years, but it's still a challenge without the music student's background.

    I have a lot to say, but I have a lot more to ask!
    "The first question I ask myself when something doesn't seem to be beautiful is why do I think it's not beautiful. And very shortly you discover that there is no reason." --John Cage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XenakisEarbleed View Post
    I ran into a stumbling block about eight years ago when my program became more scholarly oriented. My ears loved what I was hearing, but I lacked the expertise to explain the theory behind it to my listeners. I have learned things bit by bit over the years, but it's still a challenge without the music student's background.

    I have a lot to say, but I have a lot more to ask!
    You will be welcomed with open arms Earbleed [a very apropiate name for a lover of modern music] there is a small group of moderns here that are running out of fresh arguments The rest of us will try and get you back on the right path, WELCOM

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    Welcome to the forum.

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    Welcome aboard to Talk Classical, XE
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