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Remembering Fantasia

Walt Disney’s Fantasia reimagined music as a motion picture of innovative animation. This article explores the imagination, history, and making of Fantasia.

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Musical Portals and the Drone Cinema Film Festival: An Interview with Kim Cascone of Silent Records

The 5th Drone Cinema Film Festival, featuring cutting-edge digital media artists working in dronge, glitch, and industrial ambient sound art, owes its existence to Kim Cascone. Best known for musical compositions, Kim released more than fifty records since 1984, and his indie label Silent Records serves as a cutting edge digital distribution hub for electronic sound art.

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Earthquake Country: The Grateful Dead in the Land of Myth

The Grateful Dead’s attitude toward American musical traditions was not simply a veneration of roots but an appreciation of roots for the new uses that could be made of them. For them the old music was a place where the profane time of contemporary America opened out into story, allowing room for imagination. The old music suggested things to them that that psychedelics affirmed and amplified.

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The Lesson of 1967: An Interview with Danny Goldberg

Danny Goldberg’s new book “In Search of the Lost Chord,” an antidote to 2017, introduces us to inspiring political and artistic good examples, and bad ones whose mistakes we can learn from, like a guide to people, events and culture worthy of further research.

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The Esoteric Debussy

Intrigued by how painters applied geometrical proportion, including golden section proportions, to pictorial composition, Debussy applied the occult principle to music as a means of giving form to ideas perceptible to him through nature.

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