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The (Musical) Games We Play: (Musical) Exquisite Corpses and Terry Riley’s “In C”

This past weekend, as part of the MakeMusicNewYork festival, I took part in a interesting “game” entitled Exquisite Corpses. The term refers to a artistic technique invented by the early 20th century surrealists in which players write in turn on

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A Musical Offering: J.S. Bach’s Crab Cannon

And now for something a little different. . . What we have below is a video that illustrates a cool little musical puzzle from one the greatest musicians ever, J.S. Bach. It’s the first piece from Bach’s “Musical Offering”, a

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