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Andrew Cappetta

ANDREW CAPPETTA is an art historian, educator, and writer. He has taught at Parsons the New School for Design, Hunter College, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Art History at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and a Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art.

Soundings: A Contemporary Score and The String and the Mirror

Even though it has been three decades since the emergence of the term “sound art,” the genre is still in the process of gaining a sustained presence in the New York art world.

Breaking Down the Fourth Wall—Again

At the two-day Minor Musics Japan concert at ISSUE Project Room this past September, Takahiro Kawaguchi and Taku Unami (in a duo with Annette Krebs) proved that, although it is now a well-defined genre, experimental music in the Cagean vein has not become overly stylized and mannered.

Institutional Adjustments

This past autumn, Roulette, one of Manhattan’s most venerable experimental-music venues, closed shop on SoHo’s Greene Street and reopened their doors in Downtown Brooklyn, joining BAM and the newly relocated ISSUE Project Room; together, they solidify the neighborhood’s reputation as a destination for new music.

The Raw and the Cooked

In the past few years, the Unsound Festival has become a must-attend event for any New Yorker invested in left-of-center and experimental music. Begun in 2003 in Kraków, Poland, by writer Mat Schulz, the New York outpost was established in 2010.

Network Potential

In the pages of the Rail earlier this year, I reported on a tension I witnessed in live performances of experimental music, in which this genre is becoming enshrined within institutions of art.

Exploring London’s Sonic Landscape

I spent two months in the United Kingdom inundated with sound. This wasn’t sound as pure physical experience—the immersive noise of modernity or the multi-media buzz of the contemporary mediasphere—rather, this was sound defined and delimited as a knowable entity, an object of study, even a work of art.

Fractured Visuals: Oneohtrix Point Never's R Plus Seven

Daniel Lopatin has been making music and videos under the name Oneohtrix Point Never since 2007. For his latest release, Lopatin has chosen to release his most challenging and complex record yet.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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