Fluxus

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 between these two streams, is the Fluxus Event Score, which along with the Flux Box, is one of the defining Intermedia incarnations of Fluxus output.

I recently wrote a very brief history and discussion of this on The Free Jazz Forum, a web based community for musicians working with Free Improvisation and Experimental Music.

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Allan Revich is an artist and musician living in Victoria, BC, Canada. Artwork includes traditional media including ink and paint, as well as intermedia such as websites, performances, and event scores. Musical activity includes blues bands playing harmonica and lap steel guitar, as well as playing ukulele, guitar, and flute. His books, Headline Haiku 2006, Headline Haiku 2007, and Fluxus Vision are available internationally on Amazon.com and its affiliates, as his most recent collection of poems, "Flux You!".

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