This article will explore the background to the establishment of the Downtown avant- garde art and music scene in New York, including a survey of the role of the experimental composer in American music. It will investigate cultural interactions and influences between some of the main players in the early Downtown scene, focusing in particular on the Theatre of Eternal Music (TEM), the ensemble formed in the 1960s by New York-based “founding-father” Minimalist La Monte Young. It will examine some of the cross-pollination which occurred between the group and the environment in which it developed and will briefly survey the manner in which historical accounts have attributed varying degrees of credit to members of the group, along with a brief account of the current dispute between Young on the one hand and Tony Conrad and John Cale on the other.
|Journal||Maynooth Musicology (Postgraduate Journal)|
|Publication status||Published (in print/issue) - 17 Apr 2008|
Bibliographical noteRelated conference paper presented at the Irish Association of American Studies (IAAS) 2008 Annual Conference, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, April 2008.
Print journal version published by Maynooth Music Department. Original print version available from Maynooth University and DIT libraries.
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