Curating The Week: Dancehall, Voice In Kanye West’s Music, Terry Riley’s “A Rainbow In Curved Air”


• An article about the spread of dancehall music.

“Over the past year, however, dancehall has been dutty wining its way back into the worldwide consciousness. Diplo, long in debt to dancehall’s digital rhythms, brought them to an even wider audience as Major Lazer. Last year, Lazer’s track ‘Lean On’ became the most streamed single of all time, albeit one that’s since been given the dubious title of ‘tropical pop’. Then came Justin Bieber’s mega-hit ‘Sorry’, which teamed a skeletal dancehall beat with pure pop and was accompanied by dancehall moves in the dancing video. Never one to be left out, Drake openly drew on dancehall throughout Views From The Six. Dancehall talent Assassin, meanwhile, made his mark both on Kanye’s Yeezus and, more recently, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly.”

• A video about voice in the music of Kanye West:

An article about Terry Riley’s A Rainbow in Curved Air.

“Another signal of A Rainbow in Curved Air’s lasting importance is the way in which Riley’s innovations as a performer-composer changed American classical music. The composer-led ensembles centered around Steve Reich and Philip Glass are hard to imagine without Riley’s example (as well as that of Young’s). In his autobiography, the composer John Adams—one of the most frequently performed American composers of the present-day—recalls first encountering the ‘congenial hippie spirit’ of Riley’s music. Along with the rest of the early-minimalist catalog, the simple fact of this aesthetic’s existence suggested to Adams that the pleasure principle had been invited back into the listening experience.'”

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