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John Luther Adams
The Place Where You Go to Listen (In Search of An Ecology of Music)
Wesleyan University Press, 2009
Did Alaska create the music of John Luther Adams, or did the music create his Alaska? For the past thirty years, the vastness of Alaska has swept through the distant reaches of the composer's imagination and every corner of his compositions. In this new book Adams proposes an ideal of musical ecology, the philosophical foundation on which his largest, most complex musical work is based. This installation, also called The Place Where You Go to Listen, is a sound and light environment that gives voice to the cycles of sunlight and darkness, the phases of the moon, the seismic rhythms of the earth, and the dance of the aurora borealis. Adams describes this work as "a place for hearing the unheard music of the world around us." The book includes two seminal essays, the composer's journal telling the story of the day-to-day emergence of The Place, as well as musical notations, graphs and illustrations of geophysical phenomena.
 
“Adams writes in clear, descriptive and accessible English, and is an engaging story-teller to boot.” –  Jed Distler, Gramophone
“This is an excellent read for anyone interested in art and nature, the increasingly detailed and sophisticated integration of the “Cageian” aesthetic into visionary new music, and the creative uses of technology for grandly ambitious purposes.” –  Robert Carl, Fanfare
Adams's swelling orchestral work may be the loveliest apocalypse in musical history. - Alex Ross, New Yorker
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