Strange and Sacred Noise

Now comes composer John Luther Adams (not to be confused with the John Adams of Shaker Loops, etc.), with two selections from his extraordinary strange and sacred noise.

We have long admired Adams’ compositions, that draw inspiration from the rhythms and resonances within the natural world. In his notes for the composition, he writes:

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STRANGE AND SACRED NOISE         PART I

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STRANGE AND SACRED NOISE PART IV

STRANGE AND SACRED NOISE         PART IV

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In an interview elsewhere, Adams states:

My work is not activism. It is art. As an artist, my primary responsibility must be to my art as art—and yet, it’s impossible for me to regard my life as a composer as separate from my life as a thinking human being and a citizen of the earth. Our survival as a species depends on a fundamental change of our way of being in the world. If my music can inspire people to listen more deeply to this miraculous world we inhabit, then I will have done what I can as a composer to help us navigate this perilous era of our own creation.

For me, it all begins with listening.


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