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Experimental music


Experimental music is a compositional tradition that arose in the mid-20th century, particularly in North America, of music composed in such a way that its outcome is unforeseeable. The American composer John Cage is seen as one of the more notable composers associated with this music. In France, as early as 1953, Pierre Schaeffer had begun using the term "musique expérimentale" to describe compositional activities that incorporated tape music, musique concrète, and elektronische Musik. Also, in America, a quite distinct sense of the term was used in the late 1950s to describe computer-controlled composition associated with composers such as Lejaren Hiller and Milton Babbitt. In 1958 Hiller became the first director of the Studio for Experimental Music at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide Music Dictionary (2010)

by Dr. Stanford Felix

experimental music A genre that sprung up in the midtwentieth ...

Google previewDictionary of philosophical terms (1997)

by Elmar Waibl

experimental music ' experimentelle Musik f (aes) experimental phase ' Experimentierphase f (sci) —) experimental stage experimental philosophy ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of African Cultural Heritage in North America (2015)

by Mwalimu J. Shujaa, Kenya J. Shujaa

The experimental music of the 1940s called bop or bebop (Charlie Parker and Dizzy ...

Google previewHarvard Dictionary of Music (1969)

by Willi Apel

Ussachevsky, "The Processes of Experimental Music" (Journal, Acoustical Society of America vi, 202ff); A. Douglas , "The Electrical Production of Music" (Journal, Acoustical Society of America vi, 146ff); ...

Google previewThe Norton Dictionary of Modern Thought (1999)

by Alan Bullock

experimental music. Used mostly in connection with a type of music which became prominent in America in the 1950s and which broke with musical traditions in a more fundamental way ...

Google previewContinuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World (2003)

Performance and production. Volume II

Citing the experimental music tradition (see Nyrnan 1974), Born suggests that, in sharp contrast, musical postmodernism has emphasized indeterminism, alternative (often Eastern) philosophies, a performative, politicized attitude toward social ...

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I am not doing something that it is experimental music in relation to classical music. (Joanna Newsom)
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