Juxtaposition Ezine, an ancestor of this blog

OM_MANI1In 1996, I had a day job in the magazine business and I saw the editors always getting lots of promotional compact discs. I thought…hey I could do that. And so Juxtaposition Ezine was born. I had some major surgery on my leg and had a bit of time on my hands, so I wrote a bit, eventually including reviews of shows I went to. I stopped writing after a while because didn’t have time. Later I wrote reviews for the Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter.


Here’s what I wrote about the review of my site from the Wire in 1998.

The Wire is an internationally distributed new music publication published in London. In the June 1998 issue, Rob Young reviewed Juxtaposition Ezine for his Multimedia feature. How about that! The only thing they got wrong was the authorship of the NewBand article – that was by Philly tuning theorist Joe Monzo. I don’t know about Joe but I can live with that. Anyway… thanks to The Wire for noticing my efforts.

The Wire review:

Lots of articles here on a wide range of New Music, with emphasis on Just Intonation and microtones, but with a strong penchant for the exploits of (former) Prog rockers (there’s a recent live review of Bill Bruford and Tony Levin’s Upper Extremities at New York’s Knitting Factory). Webmaster David Beardsley has his ear to the ground in the States – he reviews a live soundtrack to the Murnau film of the Last Laugh by Newband leader Dean Drummond, performed on the instruments of Harry Partch; and he traces the interface of gamelan on the Fouth World fusions of Bill Alves. Other names that rase an eyebrow among the ever growing archive of profiles, live reviews and ruminations include Cluster, Eno, Deep Listening Band and Ornette Coleman, and there’s the odd side trip into the world of multimedia installation by the likes of sound sculptor Harry Bertoia. Plenty to mull over for browsers trying to escape the summer sun.

Pretty cool, eh?

db, 5/31/1998

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