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A. Slobodchikova

Modern rock music and the 20th century music avant-garde

The movement towards European academic music is one of the main artistic trends in the rock history. The formation of its experimental styles is connected, among other things, with the gradual accumulation of knowledge about the 20th century music avant-garde: the specifics of sound material, instrumentation, and compositional techniques. Such techniques as repetition, montage and collage, due to their expressiveness and ability to shape a musical form of the whole, were originally implemented in the modern rock music. On the example of post-rock, the author discusses how the method of minimal music was appropriated, becoming its individual feature, a deep layer of stylistic space. The rise of post-rock, which occurred towards the end of the 90s, is associated with the Canadian school, one of the most important and influential for the named direction, and its representatives – Godspeed You! Black Emperor and A Silver Mt. Zion. Another tool that has found wide use in rock music is technique of montage and collage, which origin could be found in the American avant-garde at the beginning of the century, it became widespread among European composers. In a non-academic environment, variants of sound collages first appear in the late works of The Beatles. In this study, considerable attention is paid to John Zorn’s works of the 90s, which were based on this trend. An analysis of his projects – the groups Naked City and Painkiller – showed that the montage and collage techniques and their inherent arbitrariness, randomness in relation to the constituent elements of the composition turn out to be ones of the leading ways of music organization in experimental rock compositions.

Key words

avant-garde, collage, minimalism, repetition technique, post-rock, experimental rock, John Zorn, Naked City, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, A Silver Mt. Zion.

For citation

Slobodchikova A. Modern rock music and the 20th century music avant-garde // South-Russian Musical Anthology. 2022. No. 2. Pp. 44-49.