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Anti-Social Music

Is The Future of Everything

(Peacock; US: 19 Apr 2011; UK: Import)

The merry musical pranksters of Anti-Social Music have been getting up to all kinds of trouble for a decade now, and the shenanigans rear their awkward, dissonant heads again on this rough and tumble collection of the fabulous and bizarre. Is the Future of Everything at times calls to mind the work of Germany’s finely refined Ensemble Modern, and at other times doesn’t even bother to recall what happened a few measures before. This collective bangs and badgers its way through 20 compositions of varying length and purpose in just over an hour. David Durst’s “Correction” and Ken Thompson’s “Rut” are among the more challenging and pleasing pieces, although not necessarily in that order. Two other tracks that require your full attention are Andrea La Rose’s “Grunt Work For the Avant-Garde” and Kamala Sankaram’s “Bitter Suite”.

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Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He holds an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University and hosts Strange Currency six nights week for Wichita Public Radio. His writing has appeared in No Depression and The Crab Orchard Review as well as at websites such as Ytsejam.com and Amazon.com.


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