18 May 2014

Stravinsky and the Machine - Think Nothing

From The Sunday Feature, 2:00 pm on 18 May 2014

I consider that music is, by its very nature, essentially powerless to express anything at all, whether a feeling, an attitude of mind, a psychological mood, or a phenomenon of nature

Contentious words from Igor Stravinsky in his 1936 autobiography, but what exactly did he mean by it? In this two-part series we gain an interpretation from New Zealand musicologist and author of Experiencing Stravinsky: A Listener's Companion (2013), Robin Maconie, who charts the fruitful relationship between Stravinsky's music and advents of technology, from the mechanical to the stereo and computer age. Part 1 of 2.