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i havent laughed so hard for a long time
By droven necromancer
this book is hilarious - if the sample provided is anything to go on, my students will come away from it with some interesting ideas - three years after his death, Debussy started composing "machine music" in 1921 after hearing Russolo at a fair - Beethoven's famous symphony with the four notes and the oboe cadenza is variously referred to as the seventh or the third (but never the fifth) - dynamics is explained as "weather" - pentatonic scales are popular in the world because we have five fingers (but not 5/4) - bassoons are described as "difficult to recognise" - music is described as like deja vu because it has been around for a long time, and the main part of the section on rhythm waffles on about "chronotopes"! on top of all that the whole thing is edited like a chinese made instruction manual - spelling mistakes abound and sentences wander on and on in search of a point. the format has much to offer but you'd be well advised to wait a while until some of the serious music textbooks bring out ibooks...