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Experimental music: Cage and beyond

Experimental music: Cage and beyond

Nyman, Michael, 1944-

This account of experimental music from 1950 to 1970 traces the revolutionary attitudes that were developed towards concepts of time, space, sound, and composer/performer responsibility. It was within this tradition that musical minimalism began

Paperback, Hardback, Book. English.
2nd ed.
Published Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999
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Statement of responsibility: Michael Nyman
ISBN: 0521652979, 0521653835, 9780521652971, 9780521653831
Note: Previous ed.: London: Studio Vista, 1974.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xx, 196p. : ill., facsims., music, ports. ; 25 cm.
Series: Music in the twentieth century
Subject: Experimental music; Music 20th century History and criticism.; 20Th Century Music; Music History


  1. Foreword Brian Eno
  2. Preface to the second edition
  3. 1. Towards (a definition of) experimental music
  4. 2. Backgrounds
  5. 3. Inauguration 1950-60: Feldman, Brown, Wolff, Cage
  6. 4. Seeing, hearing: Fluxus
  7. 5. Electronic systems
  8. 6. Indeterminacy 1960-70: Ichiyanagai, Ashley, Wolff, Cardew, Scratch Orchestra
  9. 7. Minimal music, determinacy and the new tonality
  10. Discography Robert Worby.


'Nyman's book remains a privileged window into that strange world, and its republication will be a boon to a new generation.' BBC Music Magazine||'... a welcome reissue of the book ... Above all, Experimental Music is a useful source book for a period of radicalism in musical practice in which the rule was to break the rules.' Music Teacher