just found a very interesting site: Kyle Gann’s Home Page. i got there via a search on ‘michael nyman’, which brought me to a column he (kyle gann) wrote about his getting on the internet, and on which the Michael Nyman website (back in its netpoint incarnation) is favourably mentioned. which of course made me look beyond that page.
gann is a composer, music critic, assistant professor and author of (a.o.) a book on American Music in the 20th Century (Schirmer Books, 1997). he seems like such a dynamic and entertaining writer -the book immediately went on my wish list
also, check out his on-line writings, e.g. A Forest from the Seeds of Minimalism An Essay on Postminimal and Totalist Music (4 jan 1999), Breaking the Chain Letter An Essay on Downtown Music (18 apr 1998)
it’s been a while since i ordered cds through the internet. the difference in price and choice wasn’t all that different from what the local stores had to offer, so i mostly got what i wanted from the fnac (compares to your average virgin megastore), and i gathered they got all that i needed (they carried everything e.g. amazon or cdnow carries)
until, recently, some of you pointed out that i had missed some serious nyman, glass and bryars albums, and i stumbled on materiali sonori and black box. i had orderd from them before (i.e. two years ago), but i discovered i had missed quite a few good albums.
so i ordered from black box last week, and i got ‘frame’ by simon haram in my mailbox today. don’t miss out on this –there’s a link to their site in the sidebar; and i’m already browsing the site to see what i can order next.
meaning? that there are a lot of good albums out there, and you should look beyond the obvious. i already knew that, and most likely you do too… but we need to be reminded sometimes …i know i do