Arcana has ratings and 12 reviews. Gåry! said: It’s meticulous, it’s dry, it brought a tear to my eye. These texts are for the seriously deranged opp. ARCANA edited by John Zorn. ISBN: paper: $ Preface by John Zorn READ >> Press: comments by Steve Reich and Meridith Monk READ >>. Results 1 – 30 of 53 Arcana by Zorn, John and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at

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Some pages are actual hand-written scores from the musicians involved in the book, showing examples of their non-conformist approach to composing. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Dekoboko Hajime, Rav Tzizit is an American avant-garde composer, arranger, record producer, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. Now in its fourth installment, with a fifth in preparation, John Zorn’s acclaimed Arcana series provides insight into the work and methodologies of some of the most creative musical minds of our time.

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The musicians he collaborates with and produces, or whom he offers to release under his label Tzadik, are more well known than the man himself. Some are genuinely interesting, some dry and technical, some painfully pedantic, and some just kind of dumb. Jun 18, Jeffrey rated it liked it. This combination of insight, theoretical arguments, pretentiousness, and humor make Arcana a representative cross-section of the scene it sets out to define.

I’m reading them all over again, starting with aecana one and purchasing the ones that I don’t have yet I didn’t realize how quickly John Zorn started publishing these texts after the third one came out.


Roberto rated it liked it Dec 15, Matt rated it really liked zrcana Jan 24, Refresh zorb try again. George rated it liked it Jul 09, Astounding, confusing, challenging, humerous, and ultimately engaging are my feelings upon this collection.

Some of these essays are not technically well written nor do they try to be. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. His compositions rank amongst the most profound musical experiences I have ever had. Jan 10, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: Arcana III is the third groundbreaking collection of critical writings on avant-garde and experimental music put together by editor and experimental music legend John Zorn.

That said, he is a genius and a major influence on a diverse array of musicians from classical, through to joyn. To ask other readers questions about Arcanaplease sign up. It’s meticulous, it’s dry, it brought a tear to my eye. Definitely contains some worthwhile gems, but Zrn seemingly hands-off editing approach has resulted in a pretty scattershot collection. Bob rated it it was amazing Oct 30, No trivia or quizzes yet.

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Definitely for musical prodigies stricken jhon chronic individualism. Give it a go if you want a sneak peek into the madness that is the creation of music and be ready for a ride, be ready to throw out your preconceptions of what is to be a musician and what music is.

Seth rated it liked it Sep 04, Masta Lee rated it liked it Oct 23, Each essay is unique and propels you into the subconscious of the writer.

Grand rated it it was amazing Dec 30, Some essays I’d read over and over again, get inspired by, take something from. For centuries musicians have tapped into mysticism, magic and alchemy, embracing ritual, spell, incantation and prayer, and experimenting with esoteric approaches to harmony, pitch and vibration. Others were frustratingly un-written.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Very good so far. For avant-garde musicians, though, this is the Bible, the Holy Grail, the introduction to the secret society of the forward-thinking composers of our time.

Each arcans is given the space to discuss and illuminate their thoughts on music. Musicians on Musicavant-garde composer and saxophone arcanw John Zorn wrote: This book should have been a perfect fit for me, but in actuality reading it sorn a mixed pleasure. Mar 19, Charlie rated it liked it. For avant-garde musicians, though, this is the Bible, the Holy Grail, the introduction to the secret society of the forward-thinking composers This book is to lite reading what nuclear war is to Ghandi.

Claudia Adams rated it liked it Oct 06, Books by John Zorn. This group of enigmatic folk have been and will continue to redefine music for years to come and they’re worth listening to, and in this case reading. Alexander rated it liked it Jun 03, Feb 12, Phil rated it liked it. Sam Gill rated it it was amazing Jul 18, Jul 07, John marked it as to-read Shelves: Wide variety of stuff here.