counter-melody provides a space for the discussion of contemporary classical music on the www. We don’t believe music needs to be explained, nor are we sure what it would mean to mis-/understand it. But we do think there’s something to be gained from reflecting on and attempting to articulate our experience of music – its shades and contours, its contexts and ambiguities. Even though we probably agree that writing about music really is a bit like dancing about architecture (as Elvis Costello supposedly once quipped), we’d also want to note that dance seems like a pretty apt medium for describing the flows and cadences of lived space.

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John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen in a cartoon plane

Image: John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen in a cartoon plane.