Minimalism, savagery, the raw and the cooked, the primal and the pre-verbal, Elvis’s hips, The Rite of Spring… Andrew Ford’s Earth Dances is an original investigation of how music and primitivism intersect – a dazzling journey through music and culture.
With alternating chapters of criticism and interviews, including with Liza Lim and Brian Eno, composer and broadcaster Andrew Ford explores the relationship between primal forms of music and the most refined examples of the art – between passion and control.
He looks at the voice, the drum, the drone and the dance, at ‘music that is in touch with something fundamental in our existence, music that seeks and rediscovers the earthy side of our nature, the primitive, the “simple, rude or rough”, and in doing so restores and resets our humanity’.
Andrew Ford is the author of Try Whistling This, Illegal Harmonies and The Sound of Pictures. He is a composer and broadcaster and presents The Music Show on ABC Radio National. His music has been played in more than forty countries by groups such as the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Shanghai and Brodsky Quartets, the Black Dyke Band and Victorian Opera.
Earth Dances: Music in search of the primitive is published by Black Inc. Books and is available from all leading book retailers.
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