Morton Feldman

//Morton Feldman

Morton Feldman

This education must be working inside me as I sit at home doing these musical, (obsessive) archeological digs for history using Youtube. Obviously, by now, my concentration is towards drone music. This means I am tied in spirit to, let’s see, La Monte Young, Charlemagne Palestine, and now Tony Conrad. I am listening to this… Theater of Eternal Music. (all visual art here from the web.)

That group soon morphed into the Velvet Underground. I am listening to Christian Wolff’s Edges, strumming open piano strings with chunks of silence. Then the king of them all, to me, seems to be Morton Feldman (1926-1987) . Maybe I can end this early and list here Morton’s only ever work for solo organ. Some would say it is recreational something but I just think it is miraculous.


If my entire degree, its entire cost, had been aimed at this music and no other art expression, it would be well worth every penny. Interesting, if slightly wondrously bazaar.


About the Author:

After Jim Winters arrived as a jazz trombonist for years, he now has now finished his second year as a graduate student here at IMRC. He owns two hurdy gurdys, thus exploring drone-musical work and the aesthetic value of unfinished music. His concentration ranges from experimental-musical composition to photos, sometimes wondering about the colonization of 12-tone Western music vs. noise.

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