Arcana has ratings and 12 reviews. Gåry! said: It’s meticulous, it’s dry, it brought a tear to my eye. These texts are for the seriously deranged opp. ARCANA edited by John Zorn. ISBN: paper: $ Preface by John Zorn READ >> Press: comments by Steve Reich and Meridith Monk READ >>. Results 1 – 30 of 53 Arcana by Zorn, John and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at

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Josh arcaan it really liked it Oct 15, Grand rated it it was amazing Dec 30, Published January 2nd by “Granary Books” first published July 1st Musicians on Music Arxana Zorn’s acclaimed Arcana series, now in its seventh installment, is a major source on new music theory and practice in the twenty-first century.

Preview — Arcana by John Zorn. Sam Gill rated it it was amazing Jul 18, In his preface to the first Arcana: For example, Scott Johnson has a long essay on aesthetics and Bill Frisell shows how he uses open strings on the guitar to create resonant melodies.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. That said, he is a genius and a major arczna on a diverse array of musicians from classical, through to metal.

Open Preview See a Problem? Definitely for musical prodigies stricken with chronic individualism. It highlights some important recordings from the past few decades that have mostly been ignored due to their departure from typical composition designs. Texts by Yamataka Eye, J.


Arcana: Musicians on Music

Jan 10, Mike johm it really liked it Shelves: Alexander rated it liked it Jun 03, Arcana III is the third groundbreaking collection of critical writings on avant-garde and experimental music put together by editor and experimental music legend John Zorn.

Answering a need for critical attention towards experimental and avant-garde music, Arcana is a ground-breaking work–as far-ranging and dynamic as the current generation of musicians. Johj centuries musicians have tapped into mysticism, magic and alchemy, embracing ritual, spell, incantation and prayer, and experimenting with esoteric approaches to harmony, pitch and vibration.

Some pages are actual hand-written scores from the musicians involved in the book, showing examples of their non-conformist approach to composing.

Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. His ability to blur genre lines, and also his contribution to each genre is unparalleled in John Zorn is not that well known by your average music listener.

Musicians on Music Edited and with preface by John Zorn.

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Return to Book Page. Mar 19, Charlie rated it liked it. This book should have been a perfect fit for me, but in actuality reading it was a mixed pleasure.

Zorn is a prolific artist: Some are genuinely interesting, some dry and technical, some painfully pedantic, and some just kind of dumb.

Some musicians write really well and some really don’t. Wide variety of stuff here.

I am usually all for diversity, but you get the impression that some of these people would have never even of picked up a pen if Zorn hadn’t persuaded them to do it, which is a shame because some of the bits in here are really interesting. Musicians on Music by John Zorn Editor. George rated it liked it Jul 09, The musicians he collaborates with and produces, or whom he offers to release under his label Tzadik, are more well known than the man himself.


Others were frustratingly un-written. Paperbackpages.

Arcana VIII – Musicians on Music : John Zorn :

Astounding, confusing, challenging, humerous, and ultimately engaging are my feelings upon this collection. Through manifestos, scores, interviews, notes and critical papers, contributors to this in-depth anthology address composing, playing, improvising, teaching, and thinking in and through music. This combination of insight, theoretical arguments, pretentiousness, and humor make Arcana a representative cross-section zorm the scene it sets out to define.

There were some essays that were enjoyable, some that were informative, but, as a whole, I really don’t understand the purpose of the book. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

I was expecting an essay or two by John Zorn, rather than a brief extremely introduction and a list of zon.

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