The Place Where You Go to Listen
(In Search of An Ecology of Music)

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“Adams writes in clear, descriptive and accessible English, and is an engaging story-teller to boot.” –  Jed Distler, Gramophone

“This is an excellent read for anyone interested in art and nature, the increasingly detailed and sophisticated integration of the “Cageian” aesthetic into visionary new music, and the creative uses of technology for grandly ambitious purposes.” –  Robert Carl, Fanfare

 

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Winter Music is a collection of essays, journals and other writings by John Luther Adams. The book includes a CD with three previously unrecorded works.

“Adams’ writing is clear and bright and lucid; it fascinates and illumines. This is the best music book I’ve read for a long time.” –  Rupert Loydell, Tangents

“Like the composer’s best music, the statement continues to resonate long after the work itself is finished.” –  Ken Smith, The Gramophone

“This book is a testament to the awesome spiritual and creative power of nature, and of how Adams has borne witness to this in his artistic life.” – Stephanie Moore, Musicworks

“Adams writes like a poet; his words evocating the same spare landscape that he captures in his music…”– Sequenza 21

“…its implications extend far beyond the institutionalized realm of avant-garde music…” – Daniel M. Grimley, Music and Letters

“… this intrepid composer’s deep knowledge of theNorth… and his unusual articulacy … make the fascinating Winter Music … well worth a tenderfoot’s explanation.” – Ann Stapleton, New Pages

 

Music in the Anthropocene
 Slate, February 24, 2015

Credo
(In memory of Gordon Wright)

The Place Where You Go to Listen
“They say that she heard things.”

In Search of An Ecology of Music (2006)
“…music can provide a sounding model for the renewal of human consciousness and culture.”

Global Warming and Art
“What is the value of art in a world on the verge of melting?”

Winter Music (1998-1999)
A composer’s journal.

Strange and Sacred Noise
 “The strange power of noise can open doorways to the ecstatic.”

Clouds of Forgetting, Clouds of Unknowing
 “The universe is more like music than matter.”