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MUSICS: A British Magazine of Improvised Music & Art 1975-79



 
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A Complete Facsimile. Ecstatic Peace Library, 2016. ISBN: 978-0-9972850-5-5. Flexi-bound cover, Swiss-bound, 800 pages. Musics was published, from 1975 to 1979, by musicians and artists on the London scene of free improvisation, focusing on the most innovative participants of their generation.Musics was a blueprint for the interdisciplinary activities of sound art, field recording, free improvisation, live electronics, 20th century composition & audio culture. It came out six times a year and ran for twenty-three hand-assembled issues. The journal covered improvised and non-western music alongside performance art, reflecting the broad interests of the so-called “second generation” of London’s improvisers, and provided a convivial focus point. Overlapping with the london musicians’ collective (lmc), the publication first launched in Spring of 1975, with the tagline: an impromental experivisation arts magazine and a manifesto that proposed the destruction of artificial boundaries, and linked Free Jazz, the academic ministrations of John Cage, Cornelius Cardew and K. Stockhausen and indigenous and non-European music. Musics was significant in the discussion of traditional Asian instruments as paths of equal value for the performance of musics.