Reminded by the Instruments: David Tudor's Music

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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.3 X 9.4 X 2.3 inches | 2.45 pounds

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About the Author
You Nakai, Assistant Professor, Kyoto City University of Arts You Nakai creates music(ians), dance(rs), haunted musical houses, nursery rhymes, and other forms of performances as a member of No Collective ( and Already Not Yet ( He is Associate Professor at The University of Tokyo.

"It is not unusual to have scholarly books written about the output of one composer, but it is rare to find one of such length written with such passion and with such complete and extensive information ... . One is presented with a creative thinker who is not just a pianist/organist, not just a composer, but also an electronics genius and an experimenter with sounds that had not previously been used in the context of classical music ... this book will convince the reader that Tudor's life was rich indeed." -- D. L. Patterson, CHOICE

"Nakai comes across in this book as earnest, humble, and eager to learn. His attention to detail is unflagging. In several lengthy passages, he meticulously goes through Tudor's old clippings from hobbyist magazines and matches them to electronic instruments that Tudor constructed." -- Geeta Dayal, Experimental Music

"There is no doubt this will be the authoritative text on David Tudor than any future publication on the subject will be held up against. It performs a great service in humanising his legacy, and by extension, that of the other great avant artists of the 20th century." -- Leah Kardos, The Wire

"A groundbreaking book that not only provides unique insight into the work of one of America's most influential if enigmatic electronic pioneers, but shifts the very paradigm of musical analysis in the aftermath of the transistor." -- Nicolas Collins, Professor, Department of Sound, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

"You Nakai's book is a remarkable achievement that illuminates the breadth and depth of David Tudor's life and work as a composer-performer. Based on extensive analytical research and interviews with Tudor's surviving creative associates, it charts his evolution from organist and virtuoso pianist to his innovative live-electronic music, ending with his final explorations of sound and space. Engagingly written and eminently readable, this extraordinary study offers fresh insights into Tudor's reclusive personal life and elusive creative complexities." -- Gordon Mumma, composer, Professor Emeritus, University of California