Earth Dances: Music in Search of the Primitive

Ford Andrew

Earth Dances: Music in Search of the Primitive
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Earth Dances: Music in Search of the Primitive

Ford Andrew

All music is a synthesis of intellectual design and bodily urge. The human soul cannot make do with dancing alone - it will inevitably seek more and more fantastic musical designs, more complex patterns, more rarefied sounds. Equally, when the intellect dominates for too long, we listen out for music we can tap our feet to, something we can go home humming …Minimalism, the raw and the cooked, Dionysian frenzy, the primal and the pre-verbal, Elvis’s hips, returning to the source, ravers and trance, le sacre du printemps …

Earth Dances is an original investigation of how music and primitivism intersect - a dazzling journey through music and culture. Alternating between chapters of criticism and interviews (including with Brian Eno), author and broadcaster Andrew Ford explores the relationship between primal forms of music and the most refined examples of the art - between passion and control. He looks at ‘music that is in touch with something fundamental in our existence, music that seeks and rediscovers the earthy side of our nature, the primitive, the 'simple, rude or rough’, and in doing so restores and resets our humanity'.

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