Thursday, August 6, 2009

So You Think You Can WTF?

Winning the Pulitzer Prize seems to have... opened certain doors, shall we say, for a certain composer of head-banging music. Via Loyal Reader Grrg, who suggests that this was not quite as good as the Meredith Monk singoff on American Idol.

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Anonymous m. croche said...

very pathetic - and a little aggressive.

August 7, 2009 at 12:32 AM  
Anonymous Zach said...

Someone's getting a nice big ASCAP check next January!

Is it weird that this somehow gives me hope for popular culture?

August 7, 2009 at 1:08 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

finally the music makes SENSE

August 7, 2009 at 1:08 AM  
Anonymous Arm Chair Music Expert. said...

Wow, can Reich sue for this? Words just fail to describe this.

August 7, 2009 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger DJA said...

Can Steve Reich *sue* people for dancing to his music on teevee?

Um, no. Jesus. People need to chill.

Also: what Zach said.

August 7, 2009 at 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Armchair Music Expert said...

Well, some music just is not suitable for dance. Case in point:

Arvo Part is great, the dancers are decent, but the two just don't seem to jive.

August 7, 2009 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Dan Johnson said...

Dunno—ACME, I think that Pärt dance piece would look a lot better without those edits in the YouTube version. It actually seems pretty awesome to me, if only the video and audio were synch'd.

And Reich has been the basis of some really excellent dance pieces (e.g.); it's just THIS dance piece that is terrible. And who are these JUDGES, jeezus.

August 7, 2009 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Dan Johnson said...

I forgot to note the paradox here: everybody's least favorite Steve Reich piece (esp. Steve Reich's?) is now sure to be, by default, the world's most popular Steve Reich piece.

August 8, 2009 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger JJS said...

word, dan. i hate that by-default phenomenon. "pervasive" in pop culture often has more impact than "good".

August 13, 2009 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger Mafoo said...

How could you ever be sour about Steve Reich on prime-time TV?? Ease up peeps!

August 17, 2009 at 10:17 PM  
Anonymous gilbert said...

why such the negativity and pessimism from certain people here?? new music was heard on a prime time television show which is right smack in the middle of mainstream popular culture...and the audience didn't run out or boo! we should remember to be happy when light is shed on living composers' music in popular culture. the more exposure, the better!

September 14, 2009 at 5:29 PM  

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