Lecture 20

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Topics covered: Postmodern approaches

Instructor: Dr. Mark Harvey

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Due to copyright restrictions, sound recordings played during class have been removed from the audio lecture. See the following table for details on those recordings.

Recordings and Supplemental Materials

This section gives details about the recordings played during class and other referenced resources.


In sequence as played during class:

Tracks Compositions Recording Sources
1 Charles Mingus. "Hearts Beat." 2nd movement from  The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. Amazon logo The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. Impulse/GRP, 1995 (original release 1963).
2 Sun Ra Arkestra. "Nebuli" (1:00 excerpt) and "Dancing in the Sun (2:00 excerpt). Amazon logo The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vol. 1 & 2. ESP Disk, 2006.
3 Baird Hersey and The Year of the Ear. "The Prince" (4:00 excerpt) Have You Heard? Arista Novus, 1979.
4 Mark Harvey. "Flex." The first 12 minutes of this recording have been retained in the audio lecture. Performed by MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble. Released on The Tale of the Sky Swimmer. HerbMIT Productions, 2002. Full-length MP3 provided on the OCW listening page.


Outline of influences toward the postmodern jazz orchestra (PDF)


climbersax. "Soundpainting - Walter Thompson." November 4, 2007. YouTube. Accessed June 6, 2009. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA4nnxG30og.

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