Utilitarian electronics: Portrait mit Cage and Stockhausen (Barlow und Kagel sind auch dabei)

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This chapter discusses the electronic music of Christopher Fox from a nodal perspective. In a previous article I discussed nodalism as a means of understanding creativity and culture after postmodernism.1 The nodal model enables us to view the composer as a node within a larger network. This network is dynamic and can comprise any other styles, composers, ideas, or, as Richard Dawkins would term them – memes,2 which can be freely drawn together. We may understand Fox as a node within a network of contemporary composers, as well as considering the nodal connections he makes within individual works to other music, art, literature and culture more widely. This model can demonstrate the plurality of sources that Fox draws upon and the startling surface differences that result in his music, while demonstrating a core compositional approach to his music.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerspectives on the Music of Christopher Fox
Subtitle of host publicationStraight Lines in Broken Times
EditorsRose Dodd
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781315600222
ISBN (Print)9781472428240, 9780367027094
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016


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