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By Andrew Ford

Listen. What do you hear?

We are surrounded by means of sounds forever, yet we have a tendency to not listen them; our brains are excellent at enhancing what our ears choose up. If we cease for a second to hear, there they're: the ticking clock, site visitors noise, fragments of dialog, a passing aircraft. those are examples of what the yankee composer John Cage known as “illegal harmony”.

In reaction to the noisiest century in heritage, smooth composers have continuously flown within the face of musical orthodoxy. As know-how has replaced at an extraordinary fee, so have musical types – occasionally to the dismay of audiences and critics.

In Illegal Harmonies, Andrew Ford charts the process track within the live performance corridor and opera condominium during the last hundred years, linking it to advancements in literature, theatre, cinema and the visible arts, and to renowned tune from Irving Berlin to the Beatles to rap. the result's a stimulating, provocative and informative cultural background. This revised 3rd variation encompasses a new preface and prolonged epilogue, bringing the tale into the twenty-first century.

‘brilliant’— the Age

‘Modern audiences have to the right way to hear and Andrew Ford can be simply the guy to do the teaching.’— Australian monetary Review

Illegal Harmonies is a booklet very difficult to place down. It brims with priceless information.’— Quadrant

‘You may well write a overview of this booklet in 4 phrases: purchase it and rejoice.’— Geoffrey Tozer, 24 Hours

Andrew Ford is the writer of Try Whistling This, Earth Dances, unlawful Harmonies and The Sound of Pictures. he's a composer and broadcaster and provides The track Show on ABC Radio National.

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