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    Experimental Music Discussion

    In a sense, it could be argued that all music is experimental, and that it always has been. Since the beginnings of our species, human beings have been experimenting with ways to make music and song, and ways to reproduce and guide our soundmaking activities. Today, in the early days of the 21st century, Experimental Music has come to mean something more specific. Some time in the 1950s musical experimentation seems to have split into two different streams. A composer’s stream and a performer’s stream.┬áBoth of these streams were important parts of Fluxus from the very beginning, and both composition and pure performance remain important today. Of course the bridge…

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    What is Fluxus?

    This question has been asked before, and I have answered it in this, The Fluxus Blog, before. But that was a long time ago, and the question, “What is Fluxus” continues to be asked. For readers looking for a simple answer, contemporary Fluxus artist, Allan Revich has summarized Fluxus into just four characteristic ideas: Four Fluxus Characteristics Fluxus is an attitude. It is not a movement or a style. Fluxus is Intermedia. Fluxus creators like to see what happens when different media intersect. They use everyday found objects, sounds, images, and texts to create new combinations of objects, sounds, images, and texts. Fluxus works are simple. Art is small, texts…

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    A Child’s History of Fluxus

    The following is an important historical document, republished here for historical reference. This copy is from THIS BLOG The following was first published in 1979 in:Horizons: The Poetics and Theory of the Intermedia A Child’s History of Fluxus by Dick Higgins Long long ago, back when the world was young – that is, sometime around the year 1958 – a lot of artists and composers and other people who wanted to do beautiful things began to look at the world around them in a new way (for them). They said: “Hey! – coffee cups can be more beautiful than fancy sculptures. A kiss in the morning can be more dramatic…

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