AN ONLINE CONTEMPORARY/CLASSICAL MUSIC PODCAST THAT
MIXES THE MUSICALLY INTERESTING WITH THE SUBLIME
TO ONLINE RECORDINGS:
The Path of Sound - A Trilogy combines Sound Waves and Their Properties in the Surrounding Medium, Studies on the Human Ear, and the newly published The Musical Brain. Together they follow sound patterns from their source, through the air, into the ear, to the brain. The Path of Sound is available in its complete form as an online resource (freely available online). In addition, an updated version of Time, including literary quotes that accompany the explanatory text, is also available online.
John Holland is a composer, author, performer, and recording artist. He is Professor Emeritus in the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Holland headed the Electronic Music Studio and taught music and performance classes before he retired from teaching in 2009.
Holland's music has been performed largely in
Boston and New York. He has produced a number of recordings, and has
published musical scores for most solo instruments (with and without
digital modification), chamber music, songs, music for orchestra,
For a number of years Holland has produced a ‘live’ music series in Boston, New Music at the Pozen Center, that mixes contemporary and electronic music with innovative performative features. In addition he is founder and producer of The Chocolate Ear online music series.
Holland founded the American Soundgroup in 1974 which
was in residence at Massachusetts College of Art and Design from 1975 to
1985. In 1986 he founded and directed the Text-Sound Chorus in Boston.
John Holland is a pioneer of the modern intersection between art and science. In the early 1980's Holland co-founded Nature and Inquiry, an artists group that met weekly to discuss ideas in art and science. The group has presented work at the MIT Media Lab, the Harvard Smithsonian Observatory, Habitat Institute, Copley Society of Art, and Axiom Gallery. He also taught a class for three decades that introduced artists to leading-edge ideas in science. (see www.artscience.org)
Holland has produced many online recordings, including Symbiotica - A Cross-Cultural Mixup Vols. 1 and 2., The Continents, Listen, and The Musical Landscape. The Adam and Eve Diaries, A Web Opera based on Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam and Eve is perhaps the first opera of its kind to be composed for the Web.
In many of these recordings, there are original
complementary texts that precede various musical pieces and that were
intended to be read aloud in a ‘live’ setting. The texts
complement the music in ways that may change the way we hear the music.
Writings, including The Chicken and the Egg - A Collection of writings on Nature, Science, and Art, Curious: An Introduction to Big Ideas in Nature,Science, and Art, Quantum Wave Theory: A Model of Unity in Nature, and Ten By Ten: Artificial Intelligence Models Accompanied by True or False Statements have been designed specifically as online artworks.
Published books include: If A Tree Falls In The Forest: Simple Descriptions of Complex Phenomena, The Nature of Music for the Performing Musician, Time, Sound Waves and Their Properties in the Surrounding Media, and Studies on the Human Ear. A book on the perception of music, 'The Musical Brain', is in preparation.
Holland has created performance texts designed to be read aloud, including Phenomena: Simple Descriptions of Complex Phenomena, Complete Short Texts for Speaking Voice, Strategies for Survival (with Complementary Music), and Facts of Life (with Complementary Music), all of which contain subjects related to nature, science and art.
In 1997 Holland produced the first comprehensive full color poster-size Acoustic Wave Spectrum. It was later presented at the MIT Media Lab and in 2007 producer and composer DJ Spooky attached it to his audio CD companion to Sound Unbound.
John Schaefer, host of New Sounds on WNYC Radio in New York cited Holland’s Natural Phenomena as “one of the notable CD’s of 2005.” Richard Perry, music critic, writes “Mr. Holland’s music has a compelling, insistent fascination…” Tia Kimberk says “John Holland’s music is often based on extra-musical ideas related to science and nature. Listening to the music informs us about ourselves and our larger context in the world.” In 1982 Holland was interviewed on National Public Radio for his recording of Music for a Small Planet in Three Parts.
The composer's scores and texts are published by American Sound Press.
All of Holland's online music recordings and writing projects are free, and whenever possible presented without advertisement.
Access to all musical scores (.pdf) and recordings
(.aif) are available in the library Archives of the Massachusetts College
of Art and Design in Boston.
all content © 2000 John