15/11/2012 25' 59''

James Pritchett is a musicologist, writer, pianist and software designer. In 1992, he completed 'The Music of John Cage', the only critical survey of John Cage's entire body of work that has been published. With its thorough research and insightful description of Cage's thought, methodologies and compositions, it has become a key reference work for anybody interested in the work of this unique musician. Feeling out of place in the field of academic musicology, Pritchett decided to explore more creative ways of writing about music in articles, lectures and CD liner notes, always, as he says, trying "to tell a good story about the music." He has also studied and written about the music of David Tudor and, more recently, Morton Feldman.

His curiosity about the processes of electronic music led Pritchett to teach himself programming, and he has designed the software for musical compositions and sound installations by his wife, the composer Frances White, as well as other musicians and artists.
Since 1999, he has worked as the Manager of Technology Developement at the National Headquarters of Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic.

SON[I]A talks to James Pritchett about the work of John Cage, David Tudor and Morton Feldman, and the direct link between his way of studying, playing and writing about their music.

Son[i]aJohn CageJohn Cage CentenariJames PritchettDavid Tudor Morton Feldman

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