Adams, John Luther (Composer/Author) & Ross, Alex (Contributor). THE PLACE WHERE YOU GO TO LISTEN: IN SEARCH OF AN ECOLOGY OF MUSIC. Middletown, CN: Wesleyan University Press, 2009. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 160 pages. Fine.

The composer/author's book-length account on subject. One of the most important and beautiful texts on aesthetics and music ever written in our time. The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original only. "Autographed Copy" round white sticker pasted in front. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents John Luther Adams' "The Place Where You Go To Listen: In Search of An Ecology of Music". His eponymous, Nature-inspired, sound-cum-light permanent installation. Accompanied by an Essay by Alex Ross, the brilliant and influential music critic of The New Yorker Magazine. "Did Alaska create the music of John Luther Adams or did the music create his Alaska? For the past thirty years, the vastness of Alaska has swept through the distant reaches of the composer's imagination and every corner of his compositions. Adams proposes an ideal of musical ecology, the philosophical foundation on which his largest, most complex musical works are based. His installation, 'The Place Where You Go To Listen', is a sound-and-light environment that gives voice to the cycles of sunlight and darkness, the phases of the moon, the seismic rhythms of the earth, and the dance of the aurora borealis, 'a place for hearing the unheard music of the world around us'. Includes two seminal Essays, the composer's journal telling the story of the day-to-day emergence of The Place, musical notations, graphs, and illustrations of geo-physical phenomena" (Publisher's blurb). "Only John Luther Adams, one of our most audacious and visionary artists, could compose a piece to be played by the sun and the cycling moon, by stresses and quakes in the earth's crust and fluctuations in the planet's magnetosphere. Uncanny, metamorphic, ethereal, telluric, Adams' music compels our participation, often using the most up-to-date technology to draw the human body into a deeper rapport with the elemental forces of Nature" (David Abram). An absolute "must-have" title for John Luther Adams collectors. This Autographed Copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by John Luther Adams. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: The book was issued as a softcover original only. There is NO Hardcover Edition. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Grammy Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2014 for "Become Ocean". One of the greatest composers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOHN LUTHER ADAMS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0819569038. $100.00

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