Tone, Time, and Timbre

Posted on: December 1st, 2011 by Michael Lydon

Tone, Time, and Timbre

As the 20th century began, many modern musicians predicted that a new system of tone rows would replace Bach’s system of scales and keys. At the same time two great rivers of music from Africa and Europe mingled and then married electricity in America, giving birth to the lively pop music beloved around the world today. In three eloquent essays, Michael Lydon shows how 20th century music lovers kept using Bach’s harmony and loving the free-form fun of “getting in the groove,” composing, improvising, dancing to and singing along with blues, jazz, R&B, pop, and hip-hop, played on electric guitars, keyboards, microphones, and synthesizers. Today, as we move deeper into the 21st century, the beat goes on! Read excerpt

Available in the original 2002 Patrick Press chapbook edition. 89 pp. $20.00

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