La Monte Young
American composer
La Monte Young
La Monte Thornton Young is an American avant-garde composer, musician, and artist. Young is generally recognized as the first minimalist composer. His works have been included among the most important and radical post-World War II avant-garde, experimental, and contemporary music. Young is especially known for his development of drone music.
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Rear-Facing Until 2? Oregon Lawmakers Consider Change To Car Seat Law
NPR - 8 days
Young children in Oregon would have to sit in rear-facing car seats until they turn 2 under a measure being considered in Salem. If approved, Oregon would join four other states, including California, that have a similar requirement.
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The Secret Muse of the Downtown Scene? Turtles
NYTimes - 4 months
The experimental musicians Meredith Monk and La Monte Young are turtle enthusiasts and are inspired by them. So are many of their collaborators.
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Recruits Most Likely to Commit on/before Signing Day
Bruins Nation - about 3 years
Hello everybody! It's been a while since my last post, and boy has a lot happened since then. With the bowl win, the return of Hundley, and the 18th ranked recruiting class according to 247sports, the Bruins have tremendous momentum going into next season. However, the recruiting cycle for this year is not over. Many targets of UCLA committed or not may commit to the Bruins. So get comfortable, sip some coffee, and get ready for the final list of recruits most likely to commit to the Bruins before Signing Day. 1. Joe Mixon, HB, 5-star, Oakley, CA I know, I know. He is committed to Oklahoma, and we replaced him with 4-star HB Nathan Starks. But hey, the HB depth is really thin with the departures of Malcolm Jones and Damien Thigpen, and plus UCLA is closer to home. If you watched his committment at the Army All-American Bowl, he stated that his major reason for choosing the Sooners was their Sugar Bowl win. I think that he got caught up in the moment and was temp ...
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How Do You Think It Feels and When Do You Think It Stops? Remembering Lou Reed
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In June, after Lou Reed's liver transplant, I wrote in an email: "I have to think that he's had a good run. He injected lethal doses of amphetamine into his body for years on end, he drank fifths of scotch in an hour's time, he smoked heavily into the 2000s. Despite all of this, he has stayed alive somehow, like a prehistoric lizard too stubborn for extinction. He has meanwhile managed to funnel his incredibly human problems into a body of work that is absolutely unparalleled in its emotional complexity. From the lyrics to the sonics to the performances to the strangely obsessive sound of his studio work, he's offered more than most ever dream of offering. And he's managed to be 'cool' without seeming to have an ounce of self-consciousness. Where did this man come from? He's the product of a series of conflicting social desires, literary pretensions so grand they're hard to believe, electroshock therapy at a young age, astounding chemical intake, and a love of the sound of rock and rol ...
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Jonas Mekas: the man who inspired Andy Warhol to make films
Guardian (UK) - about 4 years
Jonas Mekas, 'the godfather of avant-garde cinema', talks to Sean O'Hagan about working with Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali and Jackie Kennedy Jonas Mekas, who will be 90 on Christmas Eve, has an intense memory of sitting on his father's bed, aged six, singing a strange little song about daily life in the village in which he grew up in Lithuania. "It was late in the evening and suddenly I was recounting everything I had seen on the farm that day. It was a very simple, very realistic recitation of small, everyday events. Nothing was invented. I remember the reception from my mother and father, which was very good. But I also remember the feeling of intensity I experienced just from describing the actual details of what my father did every day. I have been trying to find that intensity in my work ever since." We are sitting at a table in the small kitchen area of Mekas's expansive studio in Brooklyn beneath a fading photograph of Arthur Rimbaud, one of his abiding inspirations. Around us ...
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LA RALLY WAKE UP AMERICA!!
Aliso Viejo Patch - over 4 years
    Upload Photos and Videos Sunday, October 7, 2012 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Federal Building 11000 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA (map)  Liberty is Waiting ... Let's Roll! Guest Speakers: Entertainment: Dennis Prager                 Music: Madison Rising Mark Meckler                  Comedians Bill Whittle                      Bounce House for kids Alfonzo Rachel                 Raffle prizes Rosa Koire Ted Hayes This is THE RALLY for Southern California! Let's unite to show Congress, Obama, Reid, Pelosi, etc. that California patriots are here and stand ready to defeat them in November 2012!! WE WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK!! We're carpooling for those interested.  We'll meet at 12 noon at the Starbucks in Mission Viejo, at 24012 Alicia Parkway.  "Concerned about the fiscal problems of our State and Nation?  Find out about organizations in your community and see what you can do to hold our elected officials r ...
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Resilient Leeds Rhinos dig deep to repel challenge of Bradford Bulls
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 4 years
Leeds Rhinos showed few signs of over-celebrating their Challenge Cup semi-final win as they toughed out a 34-16 win over Bradford Bulls. It was Leeds’ sixth straight win in all competitions and Bulls’ first defeat in four since entering administration. This was an advert for why Bulls should be in Stobart Super League – or at least Leeds need them to be. It attracted a season’s best Headingley Carnegie crowd of 18,520 – including a big away following – and they were richly entertained. There were errors a plenty, but it was a derby like these sides used to produce, before Bulls’ decline set in. Rhinos won with comfortably on the scoreboard, but it was a hard-fought battle and – despite conceding three tries – they had to dig deep in defence. Bulls went ahead in the fourth minute through Elliott Whitehead and it was 6-6 at the break, but two tries at the start of the second period gave Leeds control and they added three more – to Bulls’ two – in the final 15. Bulls got off to a f ...
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Mary Ann Rankin: Is Science a Girl Thing?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The European Union recently put out a music video to encourage girls to go into science -- and recalled it after a chorus of complaints. The video was a viral disaster. The critics who said the video was sexist and superficial had a point. The content looked more like Sex in the City than Respect in the Lab. Young girls in mini-skirts are shown prancing in four-inch heels and blowing kisses at test tubes, while a man in a white lab coat looks admiringly at them. The goal was to reach out to the 13-to-17 demographic in time for female students to take foundational courses in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in school to launch them into STEM careers. That's a laudable goal. But the video message came across as "Wear short skirts; girls are just decorative" rather than "Take Algebra and prepare for the thrill of achievement in STEM." The rest of the EU campaign "Science -- It's a Girl Thing!" was actually quite good. A tab on the website called "S ...
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Where are our MLAs?
Slugger o'toole - almost 5 years
On a sunny Saturday over 70 young people from across the country came together to discuss transport. Many of these young people had travelled long distances to get there because they felt passionately about this issue in their area. A look at the #transportNI timeline will show the strength of feeling over the issue of Translink and access to transport The event was run by the NI Youth Forum and the British Youth Council. All 108 MLAs were invited along by the Forum to engage with these future voters on this important subject. Not a single elected member turned up! By the next election this group shall almost all be of voting age, yet our politicians declined to give up an hour of their day to answer some vital questions. A panel discussion was planned with several MLAs alongside a representative of “Sustrans” and the Consumer Council. When it came time for the session a Translink representative volunteered to take queries, filling in the empty chairs on the stage. ...
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Weekend Miser: Vito Acconci and La Monte Young Installation at Bronx Museum
NYTimes - almost 5 years
The Vito Acconci installation at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the “Dream House,” by La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela in TriBeCa, are enduring examples of their work.
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Populist Theater Run Amok
The Portland Mercury - almost 5 years
Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella mashes things up at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. by Suzi Steffen ON STAGE: three plays running at once. Two directors, two stage managers, two assistant directors, and a bunch of crew. Is the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) putting on a circus with Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella, opening this weekend in Ashland? No, says co-director Tracy Young. Sure, the two plays—a melding of Medea, a Greek tragedy by Euripedes, and Macbeth, one of the big Shakespeare tragedies—and Cinderella, a classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, all run concurrently on the Angus Bowmer Theater stage. And sure, both Young and co-director (and OSF Artistic Director) Bill Rauch say there's no possible way to follow all of the action at once. But M/M/C, as it's known in festival parlance, still creates a single story, a story that sparked in Rauch's brain when he was a Harvard undergrad—thanks to legendary director Peter Sellars. When R ...
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Adventures around town with the noble and profound cello
LATimes - almost 5 years
Although the cello stuffily has been called the instrument noblest and most profound in tone of the violin family, it has an incorrigible habit of showing up in the darnedest places. And noble and profound a multitude of notable cellists were during the recent 10-day festival in the formal settings of USC, Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Colburn School. But the festival — male-dominated, East Coast- and Euro-centric — paid little attention to what makes the local unconventional cello scene meaningful. That is not to say that the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival last month didn’t do its considerable part to raise local cello consciousness, even winning a proclamation from the city of Los Angeles. Soloists, students and press came from around the country and the world for concerts and master classes that went on exhaustively, day and night, and covered a wide range of repertory. But cello adventures are elsewhere. For instance, the opportunity to hear the extraordinary Rohan d ...
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Questions about La Monte Young, music, and mysticism
Oxford University Press Blog - almost 5 years
La Monte Young remains an enigma within the music world, one of the most important and yet most elusive composers of the late twentieth century. A musician who lives in near-seclusion in a Tribeca loft while creating works that explore the furthest extremes of conceptual audacity, technical sophistication, acoustical complexity, and overt spirituality, Young has had a profound influence on the development on minimalism, which is seen in a variety of music today. We sat down with music scholar Jeremy Grimshaw, author of Draw a Straight Line and Follow It: The Music and Mysticism of La Monte Young, to discuss the life, work, and the controversy surrounding La Monte Young. Who is La Monte Young and what is his impact on the music world? In most surveys of twentieth-century music La Monte Young is recognized as a patriarch of the musical movement known as “minimalism” although his oeuvre spans multiple genres, from blues to chamber music to raga. As a student in the late 1950s, Young ...
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Hauppauge Board of Ed Adopts $98M Budget
Hauppauge Patch - almost 5 years
The Hauppauge Board of Education adopted a $98.6 million budget for the 2012-13 school year Tuesday night to present to district residents May 8 after receiving additional state aid at the last minute. The adopted $98,646,111 budget represents a slightly more than 1.42 percent budget-to-budget increase over the current year, or a $1.4 million spending increase. If approved by voters May 15, it will raise the tax levy by approximately 2.9 percent for both Town of Islip and Town of Smithtown residents. Under the $98 million budget, school officials will be looking to hire seven new teachers: 5 full-time special education teachers for its integrated co-teaching model in the elementary schools, a full-time teacher for its Languages Other Than English program and a full-time Literacy Collaborative support person to support reading instruction. In exchange, the district will be laying off 16 teaching assistants. The budget also include funds to purchase two minibuses and a maintenan ...
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La Young Volley vigile sul mercato - Faxonline
Google News - over 5 years
CONVERSANO - Da lunedì è partita ufficialmente la stagione della Young Volley che sarà impegnata nel campionato di serie D. Le ragazze conversanesi si stanno allenando tutti i giorni a partire dalle ore 20 presso la palestra della scuola media
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Triathlon città di Trieste: trionfo per Cigana e Chmet - Bora.La
Google News - over 5 years
Nella stessa giornata, nel tardo pomeriggio, la Young Bike 2011 accontenterà i più giovani con la classica gincana disputata per il decimo anno consecutivo. Domenica 4 settembre, la manifestazione clou Granfondo d'Europa: la città ospiterà oltre 2000
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Live coverage: 2011 MTV Video Music Awards - Courier Mail
Google News - over 5 years
12.45pm Why bother with back-up dancers when you can bring along 250 fans a la Young The Giant? 12.41pm Tyler, The Creator takes home the Best New Artist gong and manages to get more bleeps into an awards show speech than any performer in recent memory
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of La Monte Young
    THIRTIES
  • 2002
    In 2002, Young, along with Marian Zazeela, and senior disciple Jung Hee Choi founded the Just Alap Raga Ensemble.
    More Details Hide Details This ensemble, performing Indian classical music of the Kirana Gharana, merges the traditions of Western and Hindustani classical music, with Young applying his own compositional approach to traditional raga performance, form, and technique. Young's first musical influence came in early childhood in Bern. He relates that "the very first sound that I recall hearing was the sound of wind blowing under the eaves and around the log extensions at the corners of the log cabin". Continuous sounds—human-made as well as natural—fascinated him as a child. He described himself as fascinated from a young age by droning sounds, such as "the sound of the wind blowing", the "60 cycle per second drone of step-down transformers on telephone poles", the tanpura drone and the alap of Indian classical music, "certain static aspects of serialism, as in the Webern slow movement of the Symphony Opus 21", and Japanese gagaku "which has sustained tones in it in the instruments such as the Sho". The four pitches he later named the "Dream chord", on which he based many of his mature works, came from his early age appreciation of the continuous sound made by the telephone poles in Bern.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    Bowery Electric dedicated the song "Postscript" on the 1996 album Beat to Young and Riley.
    More Details Hide Details Drone rock pioneer Dylan Carlson has stated Young's work as being a major influence to him. Young's students include senior disciple Jung Hee Choi, as well as Michael Harrison, Arnold Dreyblatt and Daniel James Wolf.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    This performance, on May 10, 1987, was videotaped and released on DVD in 2000 on Young's label, Just Dreams.
    More Details Hide Details Performances have exceeded six hours in length, and so far have only been documented several times. It is strongly influenced by mathematical composition as well as Hindustani classical music practice. Since the 1970s, Young and Zazeela have realized a long series of semi-permanent Dream House installations, which combine Young's just-intuned sine waves in elaborate, symmetrical configurations and Zazeela's quasi-calligraphic light sculptures. In July 1970 a model short-term Dream House was displayed to the public at Galerie Heiner Friedrich in Munich, Germany. Later, model Dream House environments were presented in various locations of Europe and the United States. In 1974, the two released Dream House 78' 17". From January through April 19, 2009, Dream House was installed in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York as part of The Third Mind exhibition. A Dream House installation exists today at the Mela Foundation on 275 Church Street, New York above the couple's loft, and is open to the public.
    In 1987, Young performed the piece again as part of a larger concert series that included many more of his works.
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  • 1981
    As of October 25, 1981, the date of the Gramavision recording of The Well-Tuned Piano, Young had performed the piece 55 times.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1975
    In 1975, Young premiered it in New York with eleven live performances during the months of April and May.
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  • 1974
    Young considers The Well-Tuned Piano—a permuting composition of themes and improvisations for just-intuned solo piano—to be his masterpiece. Young gave the world premiere of The Well-Tuned Piano in Rome in 1974, ten years after the creation of the piece.
    More Details Hide Details Previously, Young had presented it as a recorded work.
  • 1970
    Beginning in 1970 interests in Asian classical music and a wish to be able to find the intervals he had been using in his work led Young to pursue studies with Pandit Pran Nath.
    More Details Hide Details Fellow students included Zazeela, composers Terry Riley, Michael Harrison, and Yoshi Wada, philosophers Henry Flynt and Catherine Christer Hennix and many others.
  • OTHER
  • 1966
    Young and Zazeela's first continuous electronic sound environment was created in their loft on Church Street, NYC in September 1966 with sine wave generators and light sources designed to produce a continuous installation of floating sculptures and color sources, and a series of slides entitled "Ornamental Lightyears Tracery".
    More Details Hide Details This Dream House environment was maintained almost continuously from September 1966 to January 1970, being turned off only to listen to "other music" and to study the contrast between extended periods in it and periods of silence. Young and Zazeela worked, sang and lived in it and studied the effects on themselves and visitors. Performances were often extreme in length, conceived by Young as having no beginning and no end, existing before and after any particular performance. In their daily lives, too, Young and Zazeela practiced an extended sleep-waking schedule—with "days" longer than twenty-four hours.
  • 1964
    In 1964 the ensemble comprised Young and Zazeela, John Cale and Tony Conrad (a former Harvard mathematics major), and sometimes Terry Riley (voices).
    More Details Hide Details Since 1966 the group has seen many permutations and has included Garrett List, Jon Hassell, Alex Dea, and many others, including members of the 60s groups.
  • 1962
    In 1962 Young wrote The Second Dream of the High-Tension Line Stepdown Transformer.
    More Details Hide Details One of The Four Dreams of China, the piece is based on four pitches, which he later gave as the frequency ratios: 36-35-32-24 (G, C, +C#, D), and limits as to which may be combined with any other. Most of his pieces after this point are based on select pitches, played continuously, and a group of long held pitches to be improvised upon. For The Four Dreams of China Young began to plan Dream House, a light and sound installation conceived as a "work that would be played continuously and ultimately exist as a 'living organism with a life and tradition of its own,'" where musicians would live and create music twenty-four hours a day. He formed the music collective Theatre of Eternal Music to realize Dream House and other pieces. The group initially included calligrapher and light artist Marian Zazeela (who married Young in 1963), Angus MacLise, and Billy Name.
  • 1960
    Composition 1960 #7 proved especially pertinent to his future endeavors: it consisted of a B, an F#, a perfect fifth, and the instruction: "To be held for a long time."
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    His Compositions 1960 includes a number of unusual actions.
    More Details Hide Details Some of them are un-performable, but each deliberately examines a certain presupposition about the nature of music and art and carries ideas to an extreme. One instructs: "draw a straight line and follow it" (a directive which he has said has guided his life and work since). Another instructs the performer to build a fire. Another states that "this piece is a little whirlpool out in the middle of the ocean." Another says the performer should release a butterfly into the room. Yet another challenges the performer to push a piano through a wall.
    When Young moved to New York in 1960, he had already established a reputation as an enfant terrible of the avant-garde.
    More Details Hide Details He initially developed an artistic relationship with Fluxus founder George Maciunas (who designed the book Young edited An Anthology of Chance Operations) and other members of the nascent movement. Yoko Ono, for example, hosted a series of concerts curated by Young at her loft, and absorbed, it seems, his often parodic and politically charged aesthetic. Young's works of the time, scored as short haiku-like texts, though conceptual and extreme, were not meant to be merely provocative but, rather, dream-like.
  • 1959
    When Young visited Darmstadt in 1959, he encountered the music and writings of John Cage.
    More Details Hide Details There he also met Cage's collaborator, pianist David Tudor, who subsequently gave premières of some of Young's works. At Tudor's suggestion, Young engaged in a correspondence with Cage. Within a few months Young was presenting some of Cage's music on the West Coast. In turn, Cage and Tudor included some of Young's works in performances throughout the U.S. and Europe. By this time Young had taken a turn toward the conceptual, using principles of indeterminacy in his compositions and incorporating non-traditional sounds, noises, and actions.
  • 1958
    In 1958, he developed the Trio for Strings, originally scored for violin, viola, and cello, which would presage his work in proceeding years.
    More Details Hide Details The Trio for Strings has been described as an "origin point for minimalism."
    He undertook further studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he received a BA in 1958, then at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1958 to 1960.
    More Details Hide Details In 1959 he attended the summer courses at Darmstadt under Karlheinz Stockhausen, and in 1960 relocated to New York in order to study electronic music with Richard Maxfield at the New School for Social Research. His compositions during this period were influenced by Anton Webern, Gregorian chant, Indian classical music, Gagaku, and Indonesian gamelan music. A number of Young's early works use the twelve-tone technique, which he studied under Leonard Stein at Los Angeles City College. (Stein had served as an assistant to Arnold Schoenberg when Schoenberg, the inventor of the twelve-tone method, taught at UCLA.) Young also studied composition with Robert Stevenson at UCLA and with Seymore Shifrin at UC Berkeley.
  • 1935
    Born on October 14, 1935.
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