Reviews of Music Books

I'm obsessed with music. I started taking piano lessons when I was 6 or 7. I hated them. I learned some easy Boogie-Woogie on the piano as a teeenager. I started playing guitar & harmonica around the same time. I took a few violin lessons at 18. I was basically a folksinger at the time but my repertoire included things like Frank Zappa's "Willie the Pimp" & Yoko Ono's "Don't Worry Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking For Her Hand in the Snow)". A large part of my repertoire consisted of Incredible String Band & Leonard Cohen songs. From ages 17-19 I was a teenage hitch-hiker/drifter & sometimes I performed for the people who picked me up hitch-hiking.

But I wanted to be more original. So by my early 20s I gravitated more toward electro-acoustic material & by age 30 I dubbed my work booed usic which evolved into things like Low Classical Usic & Uncerts. I currently have 209 published recordings, the list of which is here, & such a huge body of work that no-one other than myself has much of an overview of it. Some of the recordings can be heard on the Internet Archive & on my SoundCloud page & it wouldn't take much industry to find movies of Uncerts of mine on my onesownthoughts YouTube channel or on Vimeo or on the Internet Archive again, etc..

Alas, once again, my prolificness, strangeness, & resistance to established critical categories (not to mention poverty) has led to my being almost completely ignored by critics. 2 critics from Wire Magazine offered to review my record "Usic minus the square root of negative one" & both of them backed out of doing so. If anyone's interested in what interests me sonicly, check out this website: mm (for "m(usic(ian's))m(eetings)". In the meantime, these books that I've reviewed are pretty revealing of 'where I've come from' but not necessarily of where I've gone to & am going to.

- tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - October 4, 2017E.V.

 

0275. a. "& the Deadbeat Goes On & On & On..",

b. "Melody",

c. "egnekn's fridge"

- written as: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published in: MUSICWORKS 63 (Fall, 1995)

- Toronto, Ontario, canada

- edited by: Gayle Young

 

[The following CD-ROM is the 1st, & possibly the last, of my internet-published materials made available in an off-web form.]

 

0289. a. "tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE BIBLIOGRAPHY (of non-"vanity press" material) as of early 1996e.v." (the 1st 122 entries)

b. "On the Use of "paradox" as a Philosophical "Electric Prod" & EmBEDed Ulterior Motives as Trickster of the SubConscious in the Writings of Tim Ore" - E.G.Head

c. "& the DeadBeat Goes On & On & On.."

d. "PUBLISHED AUDIO (& VAUDIO) RECORDINGS

(in Chronological Order by Approximate Publication Date)

(compiled in November, '94ev)" (the 1st 63 entries)

e. "Diszey Spots Voice-Over 1 {written while drunk}"

f. "egnekn's fridge"

g. "IN SUPPORT OF FUN & AGAINST POLARIZING "AUTHORITIES" VS - the idea of revolutionary guerrillas creating situations intended to bring into overtness the intrinsic nazism of legalised power."

h. "Grounded!"

i. "History Begins Where Life Ends" - David A. Bannister

j. "YOUR HOROSCOPE!" - Karen Eliot

k. "Impractical Seriousness" (all 7 stories:)

k.1. "Free "Bob" Oster"

k.2. "Sheep Fucking Jesus, etc.."

k.3. "Pancreas/Tonsils, the Maze, Reinhardt & Via, Jeffrey Cohen, Dr. Thorne, the London Zoo, & the C.I.A."

k.4. "Laura's intercepted mail, Laura's being welcomed back by her room, Laura's trail of messages leading "nowhere".."

k.5. "John Berndt's Bag Returners' Society [or, "Flow my tears, the Neoist Said"]" - w/ additional commentary from John Berndt

k.6. "Waking Rupert"

k.7. "Double Agents"

l. "USIC - square root of - 1 = A Plethora of No Longer Neglected Audio/Conceptual Obstacle Courses"

m. "A Mere Outline for One Aspect of a Book on Mystery Catalysts, Guerrilla Playfare, booed usic, Mad Scientist Didactions, Acts of As-Beenism, So-Called Whatevers, Psychopathfinding, Uncerts, etc.. {3rd Edition - July '95 Version of Text Only}" (the 1st 194 entries)

n. "Melody"

o. "Movieography (from late 1974e.v. to late 1994e.v.)" (1st 169 entries)

p. "Total Mobile Home Micro Cinema "Theme""

q. "tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE @ the Music Gallery"

r. "A Few Simple Statements about Neoism"

s. "An Awful Title in the Life of a Labor Pool Worker" - Michael Tolson

t. "the "Philosopher's Union Member's Mouthpiece Mega-Project""

u. "Telepathy Receptivity Training"

v. "Upping the Anti-School of Fucked-Up & Away"

w. "Vampire of Sacramento" - David A. Bannister

- all credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE unless noted otherwise

- given that this is written in HTML, Florian Cramer took advantage of this to meticulously create cross-referencing links

- All of this is contained in the "seven" folder - wch is an abbreviation for "Seven by Nine Squares" wch was what Florian Cramer had online

- While this was far from my complete writings of the time (probably less than 20%) it was & STILL IS the most comprehensive collection ever compiled by someone other than myself!!

- published as part of the "of(f) the w.w.web" CD-ROM from the European Media Art Festival (September, 1996)

- published in Germany

- the "Seven by Nine Squares" was created & edited by Florian Cramer

 

0370. "egnekn's fridge"

- written as: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published in: "PONDFLOORSAMPLE" double CD booklet (late 2002)

- CD created by Gen Ken Montgomery

- New York City, New York, us@

- published by: XI Records

 

0515. a review of John F. Szwed's "Space is the Place: The Life and Times of Sun Ra"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on January 29, 2008

- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/283238.Space_is_the_Place

 

0518. a review of George Antheil's "Bad Boy of Music"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on February 6, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/14706909

 

0519. a review of Gregory Battcock's "Breaking the Sound Barrier - A Critical Anthology of the New Music"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on February 6, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/14708089

 

0520. a review of Graham Lock's "Forces in Motion - The Music and Thoughts of Anthony Braxton"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on February 6, 2008

- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/219895.Forces_In_Motion

 

0521. a review of David Revill's "The Roaring Silence: John Cage: A Life"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on February 6, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/14709575

 

0522. a review of Andy MacKay's "Electronic Music - The Instruments, the Music & The Musicians"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on February 6, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/14710688

 

0523. a review of Thomas Holmes's "Electronic and Experimental Music (1st edition)"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on February 6, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/14711627

 

0524. a review of Thomas Holmes's "Electronic and Experimental Music: Pioneers in Technology and Composition (Media and Popularculture) (2nd edition)"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on February 6, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/14712273

 

0525. a review of Henry & Sidney Cowell's "Charles Ives And His Music"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on February 6, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/14713622

 

0526. a review of "Lennon Remembers - Rolling Stone Interview"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on February 6, 2008

- http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/14728105

 

0527. a review of Arthur Jacobs's "A Short History of Western Music"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on February 6, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/14729487

 

0528. a review of Christopher Small, Alan Durant, Edwin Prevost's "Improvisation - history directions practice."

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on February 6, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/14730867

 

0529. a review of John Cage's "Notations"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on February 6, 2008

- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2760791-notations

 

0530. a review of Michael Nyman's "Experimental Music"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on February 6, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/14733166

 

0531. a review of David Rothenberg's "Why Birds Sing"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on February 6, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/14734445

 

0532. a review of Rollo H. Myers's "Erik Satie"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on February 6, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/14736258

 

0533. a review of John Furnival, Stuart Hodges, Gary Birch's "Erik Satie"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on February 6, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/14737632

 

0534. a review of Erik Satie's "A Mammal's Notebook: Collected Writings of Erik Satie"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on February 6, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/14740459

 

0535. a review of Karlheinz Stockhausen, Robin Maconie's "Stockhausen on Music: Lectures and Interviews"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on February 6, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/14741050

 

0536. a review of Michael Kurtz's "Stockhausen: A Biography"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on February 6, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/14742751

 

0537. a review of Frank Zappa, Peter Occhiogrosso's "The Real Frank Zappa Book"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on February 6, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/14744654

 

0538. a review of Billy James's "Necessity Is...: The Early Years of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on February 6, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/14867619

 

0552. a review of Jonathan Cott's "Stockhausen - Conversations with the Composer"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on February 9, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/15017149

 

0795. a review of McKinley Lee Jr.'s "Chosen by Fate: Life and Death Inside Death Row Records"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on April 7, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/19676222

 

0902. a review of Pauline Oliveros's "Sonic Meditations"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on May 7, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/21800701

 

0948. a review of John Doe, Exene Cervenka's "How I Learned My Lesson"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on June 3, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/23650943

 

0980. a review of Jetsons' "All New Haircuts"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on June 21, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/25090390

 

0985. a review of Amendant Hardiker, mIEKAL aND's "Polynoise - Information abstract for the ElectroMagnetic Spectacle - radical codes for brainwave interference"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on June 23, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/25276016

 

0996. a review of Laughing Tree's "Lands & Be-Es"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on June 29, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/25815393

 

1010. a review of David Rothenberg's "Thousand Mile Song"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on July 13, 2008

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/27153388

 

1089. a review of tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE & HiTEC's "HiTEC (Histrionic Thought Experiment Cooperative) "Systems Management""

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on August 11, 2009

- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6695227-hitec-histrionic-thought-experiment-cooperative-systems-management

 

1130. a review of Richard Wagner's "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on February 24, 2010

- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/91287791

 

1226. a review of Robin James' "Cassette Mythos"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on February 10, 2011

- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1961906.Cassette_Mythos

 

1238. a review of John Beaulieu's "Orgone Music - Visual Harmony"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on April 12, 2011

- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11094769-orgone-music-visual-harmony

 

1264. a review of "The Music of Arnold Schoenberg Volume Two"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on October 26, 2011

- http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/227796891

 

1265. a review of "The Music of Arnold Schoenberg Volume Three"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on October 26, 2011

- http://www.goodreads.com/review/new/12964274-the-music-of-arnold-schoenberg-volume-three

 

1266. a review of "The Music of Arnold Schoenberg Volume Eight"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on October 26, 2011

- http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/227845713

 

1268. a review of "The OPEN SPACE magazine issue 12/13"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on October 29, 2011

- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12977651-open-space-12-13

 

1318. a review of Franz Kamin & Kathy Bourbonais's "Egz Book of Frogs"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on March 26, 2012

- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1634826.Egz_Book_of_Frogs

 

1356. "review of The OPEN SPACE magazine issue 7"

- credited to tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads December 1, 2012:

https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/321308-open-space-7-review

 

1383. "A DI(diot's)Y's Guide to Iannis Xenakis' Formalized Music"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- broken into 6 chapters:

1. PREFACE

2. REVIEW: March 7, 2013 (16th day of juice fast)

3. REVIEW: March 8, 2013 (17th day of juice fast)

4. REVIEW: March 9, 2013 (18th day of juice fast)

5. REVIEW: March 10, 2013 (19th day of juice fast)

6. APPENDIX

- published on Goodreads March 10, 2013:

https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/329492-a-di-diot-s-y-s-guide-to-iannis-xenakis-formalized-music

 

1425. "review of J. K. Randall's TO ASTONISH THE ROSES - 7 emails to Walter Branchi"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads October 2, 2013:

https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/347936-review-of-j-k-randall-s-to-astonish-the-roses

 

1441. "[This review is NOT elegant] review of OPEN SPACE 15/16"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads January 27, 2014:

https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/357236-this-review-is-not-elegant?chapter=1

 

1548. "Review of Ryan Broughman's Illuminated Paths cassette release entitled "Flying into Myself""

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- finished March 7, 2015E.V.

- uploaded to Illuminated Paths Facebook page March 31, 2015

- https://www.facebook.com/notes/illuminated-paths/ip-083-flying-into-myself-by-ryan-broughman/822368731152302

 

1561. "Re: Source"

- A review of the "Source - Music of the Avant-Garde, 1966-1973" book with passing mention of the associated records rereleased as CDs

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads May 27, 2015:

https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/399063-re-source

 

1588. "Experimental, Ism; Other, Wise"

- A review of Benjamin Piekut's "Experimentalism Otherwise - The New York Avant-Garde and Its Limits"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads January 6, 2016

- https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/412180-experimental-ism-other-wise

 

1637. "Self-Incineration the Easy Way!: 3rd kidney stone from the Sun.. ..or how to win friends.. ..& influence enemas"

- A review of John Beaulieu's "Human Tuning - Sound Healing with Tuning Forks"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads February 1, 2017

- https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/522772-self-incineration-the-easy-way?chapter=1

 

1682. "There's no pun on the last name "Cage" in this title."

- a review of the Richard Kostelanetz edited "John Cage An Anthology"

- credited to: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- published on Goodreads on November 15, 2017

- https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/607353-there-s-no-pun-on-the-last-name-cage-in-this-title?chapter=1

 

 

 

 

tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

idioideo at verizon dot net

 

to the tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE Anti-Neoism page

to the tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE Audiography page

to the tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE Bibliography page

to my "Blaster" Al Ackerman index

to the tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE Books page

to the tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE BYOC page

to the tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE Censored or Rejected page

to the tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE Collaborations page

to the tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE (d) compositions page

to Amir-ul Kafirs' Facebook page

to the "FLICKER" home-page for the alternative cinematic experience

to tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE's GoodReads profile

to the tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE Haircuts page

to the tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE Home Tapers page

to the tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE index page

to the tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE Instagram Poetry page

to a listing of tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE's manifestations on the Internet Archive

to the tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE as Interviewee index

to the tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE as Interviewer index

to tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE'S Linked-In profile

to tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE's Mail Art page

for A Mere Outline for One Aspect of a Book on Mystery Catalysts, Guerrilla Playfare, booed usic, Mad Scientist Didactions, Acts of As-Beenism, So-Called Whatevers, Psychopathfinding, Uncerts, Air Dressing, Practicing Promotextuality, Imp Activism, etc..

to the mm index

to see an underdeveloped site re the N.A.A.M.C.P. (National Association for the Advancement of Multi-Colored Peoples)

to tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE's Neoism page

to the DEFINITIVE Neoism/Anti-Neoism website

to the Philosopher's Union website

to the tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE movie-making "Press: Criticism, Interviews, Reviews" home-page

to tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE as Reviewer page(s)

to tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE's Score Movies

to SMILEs

to find out more about why the S.P.C.S.M.E.F. (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Sea Monkeys by Experimental Filmmakers) is so important

to the "tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - Sprocket Scientist" home-page

to "Top 100s" index

to Psychic Weed's Twitter page

to the Vermin Supreme page

to tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE's Vimeo index

to Vine movies relevant to tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE made by Ryan Broughman

to tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE's presence in the Visual Music Village

for info on tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE's tape/CD publishing label: WIdémoUTH

to a very small selection of tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE's Writing

to the onesownthoughts YouTube channel