Q&A Music appreciation

1) After listening to La Monte Young’s Two Sounds, answer the following questions before moving onto the lecture. You response can be brief; just a paragraph each questions (5 or so sentences) is fine:
Do you hear two different sounds? If so, roughly where in the listening process were you able to distinguish them (e.g. within the first couple seconds, about halfway through)? If it took you awhile to parse them, why do you think that is? If you were not able to identify the two different sound sources or feel uncertain if you did, why do you believe that is?
When trying to answer these questions, you may want to consider the density of the sonic surface, duration of the piece, how events unfold in time, and your perception of sound, among many other things.
How do you think the two sounds were made? Describe the distinctive features of the sounding surface of the music. Be detailed and descriptive! And then suggest how Young and Riley may have produced these sounds.
2) In the liner notes to Roscoe Mitchell’s album “Sound,” J.B. Figi—a cultural critic and jazz reviewer—wrote this description of percussionist Alvin Fielder’s playing:
“The predatory levitations of Alvin Fielder, hovering like a hawk, demonstrating a drumming that is as much about sounds as rhythm, a Chinese calligraphy written across the music.”
Try your hand at writing about the composition Sound (Links to an external site.) by modeling Figi’s use of colorful metaphors and similes. Choose a 2-3 minute excerpt (note the timestamp in your response) and to describe the sounds and/or interactions between the various musicians in that section. Write just a short paragraph (5 or so sentences).

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