Arcana has ratings and 12 reviews. Gåry! said: It’s meticulous, it’s dry, it brought a tear to my eye. These texts are for the seriously deranged opp. ARCANA edited by John Zorn. ISBN: paper: $ Preface by John Zorn READ >> Press: comments by Steve Reich and Meridith Monk READ >>. Results 1 – 30 of 53 Arcana by Zorn, John and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at

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For example, Scott Johnson has a long essay on aesthetics and Bill Frisell shows how he uses open strings on the guitar to create resonant melodies. Jul 07, John marked it as to-read Shelves: Jun 18, David Scott rated it really liked it Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Reading this as a non-musician attuned my ear and mind in new ways to music.

Unless you can read music and have a like for long, drawn out texts explaining the tiniest nuances of sound and performance, this book is not for you. Anverlyb rated it liked it Oct 21, Rather than attempting to distill or define musician’s work, ARCANA illuminates it with personal vision and experience. I was jobn an essay or two by John Zorn, rather agcana a brief extremely introduction and a list of images.

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joh Terrific collection of essays and other writings. The essays work at different purposes. Want to Read saving…. For reproduction permissions, contact the copyright holders. Jun 18, Jeffrey rated it liked it. Arcana Edited by John Zorn.

New Bestsellers Trade Academic D. Texts by Yamataka Eye, J. Definitely for musical prodigies stricken with chronic individualism.

Give it a go if you want a sneak peek into the madness that zoorn the creation of music and be ready for a ride, be ready to throw out your preconceptions of what is to be a musician and what music is. Some pages are actual hand-written scores from the musicians involved in the book, showing examples of their non-conformist approach to composing. Wide variety of stuff here. To ask other readers questions about Arcanaplease sign up.

Not for students learning to play the violin to satisfy their parents.

Each author contributes something completely different. The musicians he collaborates with and produces, or whom he offers to release under his label Tzadik, are more well known than the man himself.

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Musicians on Music by John Zorn Editor. Feb 12, Phil rated it liked it. I’m reading them all over again, starting with this one and purchasing the ones that I don’t have yet I didn’t realize how quickly John Zorn started publishing these texts after the third one came out. It’s meticulous, it’s dry, it brought a tear to my eye.

This group of enigmatic folk have been and will continue to redefine music for years to come and they’re worth listening to, and in this case reading. Zorn is a prolific artist: Matt rated it really liked it Jan 24, Some of the essays are fascinating glimpses into how artists of News York’s so-called “downtown” scene think about and create their work while others in the collection are piles of self-indulgent babble.


George rated it liked it Jul 09, Mar 27, Geoffrey Olsen rated it it was amazing. No trivia or quizzes yet. Mar 19, Charlie rated it liked it.

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I would call the experience zorh reading these essays a re-education; by giving these eclectic individuals an opportunity to elucidate what music means to them, John Zorn has provided us with a link to the unknown, the juices that make musicians create. Some are genuinely interesting, some dry and technical, some painfully pedantic, and some just kind of dumb.

Jkhn rated it really liked it Oct 15, Each essay is unique and propels you into the subconscious of the writer.

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