Mark Limacher /dɒtkɔm/

Rodgers on Rodgers

“No I’m not a businessman…in any sense…I’m a very bad businessman, and I don’t do any business, I have people who do it for me. I don’t hire anybody, I don’t let anybody go, I don’t talk money with anybody…” “There are certain elemental things that are always gratifying: Eating, A Warm Bath, Making Love, […]

Thoughts re: “Sounding Too Much Like Music”

Some musings on my often made rant about needing a music that doesn’t “sound too much like music”. Things familiar made strange / banal made intriguing / plain made fancy Things that sound perilously close to music, except, luckily, for some missing crucial “behavior”. Two objects/contexts that seem to resist each other. “A Barolo at […]

A Little Eisler for Labor Day

Some excerpts from Hanns Eisler’s Speech to the Choir of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union, I938 One characteristic of this crisis in music is the division of entertainment and serious music. Is this not a very strange division? Must we be entertained only by the cheapest musical rubbish and must we look serious and […]

More Thoughts on “The Hatred of Music”

What considerations are necessary for composing of music that resists the ability to be used as torture? If extreme volume can be thought of as “exclusive”, are extremely soft sounds inherently inclusive? For that matter, could softness (read: quiet-slow-boring) offer a rupture for further inquiry? Primo Levi called music “infernal.” Although not given to imagery, […]

“In hearing, man is held captive.”

Excerpts from Alex Ross’ When Music is Violence1, referencing Pascal Quignard’s “The Hatred of Music”: Although music has a tremendous ability to create communal feeling, no community can form without excluding outsiders. The sense of oneness that a song fosters in a human herd can seem either a beautiful or a repulsive thing—usually depending on […]


“Michael Finnissy’s Janne takes inspiration from another composer, though in the case of Sibelius the symphony orchestra was already bread and butter. The genesis of this commission is intriguing: Finnissy wanted to ‘wrestle with the Sibelian way of writing’ hoping that ‘it might be fun to do an imaginary portrait of the child Sibelius, violin […]