Time and Anthony Braxton on Stride Magazine
Far more focussed and critically acute is Stuart Broomer's new book on Anthony Braxton. Broomer considers the idea and nature(s) of time in relation to Braxton's extensive oeuvre in a number of fascinating chapters, with consideration of such intriguing matters as 'the invention of the audience', 'the cardigan and the march' and 'the hour-glass on stage'. These, and many other, abstract and tangential ideas, give Broomer new and inventive ways to consider Braxton's music and it's context, from solo works through small groups and larger ensembles to the more recent ghost trance and diamond wall musics.
Both Braxton's music and his musical theories are constantly changing, mutating and redefining themselves; they are a poetics of music rather than a fixed and final definition of it. The author's original and informed approach to his subject suits Braxton's wide-ranging and eclectic output over the years as well as allowing Broomer's diverse knowledge full rein. This is an inspired and inspiring book that has encouraged me to listen to Braxton anew.