Joe Morris – Perpetual Frontier: The Properties of Free Music

Joe Morris – Perpetual Frontier: The Properties of Free Music

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BOOK - 6 x 9", 180 pg, perfect-bound


The singularly gifted musician and composer Joe Morris is also a great scholar and writer on this music. This is his first book.

Perpetual Frontier: The Properties of Free Music describes the way free music is constructed through the processes of synthesis, interpretation, and invention. With descriptive sections of four seminal methodologies: Unit Structures, Harmolodics, Tri-Axium Theory, and European Free Improvisation, as well as sections on how specific properties are consistently used and re-formulated in the construction of free music. This material, which the author developed through years of performing and teaching, is concise and coherent, making it clear for listeners and musicians alike, and thereby setting a new standard for the understanding and study of the most inherently forward-seeking musical form of our time.

This extraordinary work also features contributions in the form of answers to a questionnaire by 15 renowned free music artists: Marilyn Crispell, Charles Downs, Joe McPhee, Alex Ward, Matthew Shipp, Ken Vandermark, Jack Wright, Simon H. Fell, Agusti Fernandez, Nate Wooley, William Parker, Mary Halvorson, Nicole Mitchell, Katt Hernandez, and Jamie Saft.

Joe Morris was asked by Point of Departure to write an essay on this book when it was first published in 2012. You can read it here.