Tome Tweets 2.
Kyle GANN: No Such Thing As Silence: John Cage’s 4’33”. Yale University Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-300-13699-9.
A few influential empty measures prompt a likable book. Perhaps the parts about legacy, discography and Cage’s influences are overly padded.
Kenneth SILVERMAN: Begin Again: A Biography of John Cage. Random House, 2010. ISBN 978-1-4000-4437-5.
A mainstream biographer addresses an atypical subject, and provides few musical insights discussing Cage’s loves, writing and printmaking.
Shostakovich’s cycle speaks for itself. It feels so wrong to be guided through this survivor’s series by a non-musician even if sympathetic.
Thomas ADÈS with Tom SERVICE: Thomas Adès: Full of Noises. Conversations with Tom Service. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2012. ISBN 978-0-374-27632-4.
A Tale of Two Toms. Yesteryear’s wunderkind continues to emit sparks. Adès offers entertaining opinions and insights into his lively world.
Dave TOMKINS: How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop. The Machine Speaks. Stop Smiling Books, 2010. ISBN 978-1-933633-88-6.
An ingenious title. Remember that our electronic gizmos are arms race byproducts, and that a nerdy technician hides behind every pop tune.
Nicolas COLLINS: Handmade Electronic Music. The Art of Hardware Hacking. Routledge, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-415-99873-4.
Do try this at home. But be safe about it. Clear diagrams and hints all over this DIY electronic music cookbook. You too can be David Tudor.