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The Music Of The Future by Robert Barry

The Music Of The Future by Robert Barry

Published by Repeater Books Pbk 184 pp (2017)

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From the publisher Repeater Books:

Charles Fourier imagined a whole society structured by music. Hector Berlioz wrote science fiction. Hugo Gernsback looked forward to telematic operas. John Cage imagined an infinite sound palette. But where are today’s musical futurists? The Music Of The Future is not a book of predictions or speculations about how to save the music business or the bleeding edge of technologies. Rather, it is more like a history of failures, mapping 200 years of attempts by composers, performers and critics to imagine a future for music. Encompassing utopian dream cities, temporal dislocations and projects for the emancipation of all sounds, The Music Of The Future is finally a sort of call to arms for everyone engaged in music: to fail again, fail better.