Interesting isn’t it?
At first the idea of ‘destructive music’ seemed foreign and unheard of to me. What is this unpleasant experience? Then after reading this Guardian article (http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/aug/05/london-contemporary-music-festival-piano-activities) by Ben Beaumont-Thomas I realised we see it all the time.
That guitarist breaking his guitar violently or that violin being smashed to pieces. Destroying instruments in this way has been around for quite a while. The article describes Piano Activities, a 1962 piece by Fluxus artist Philip Corner which is performed in Peckham, London, UK as part of the London contemporary music festival. It features people taking a piano apart gradually but somewhat violently with hammers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThIexgXllyo It is almost painful to watch if you love classical music as much as I do.
Interestingly, Beaumont-Thomas also discusses how the idea of destructive music is wrong and purely for those who stand in a ‘position of luxury’ and can therefore afford to ruin…
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