CACOPHONY is a Chicago based magazine dedicated to the advocation of diverse voices of contemporary sound makers, composers, and performers. Existing as a community platform for those interested in creative music and performance work. Featuring the opinions, reviews, and essays of artists involved in a broad spectrum of genres, backgrounds, and experiences. Our publications seek to foster a healthy constructive environment for community members to reflect on and engage with new art, music, and culture.
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by Eli Namay
In the last installment of Imploding Signs, Eli shares his zine "On Cultural Struggle: Artistic Militance and the Abolition of Value" to break down how his analysis of symbolic violence functions influence his artistic practices.
by Max Erwin
Max Erwin engages with and responds to Owen Davis' new music development diagram. "The problem with personal goals is that they risk becoming more than personal."
by Owen Davis
There is this quote that I found recently, I tweeted it, but I do not know the author, “…finding ways to find out things that I didn’t know.”
by Mark Mahoney
Mark Mahoney engages with the second annual Civic Orchestra Composers Project.
by Luis Fernando Amaya
Luis Fernando Amaya discusses his intentions behind the use of the screen in Tinta Roja, Tinta Negra / Red Ink, Black Ink.
A monthly column about the future, and you.
by Eli Namay
by Ellen McSweeney
Reflections on the purpose of concert reviews and the role of music criticism.
An assessment of political art by its in/ability to embrace the collective experience.
by Joan Arnau Pàmies
A resolute call for a detailed and analytical use of language when writing about music.
An interview with co-curators Nick Meryhew, Alex Grimes, Rebecca Himelstein, Allen Moore, and Adam Shanley about the Comfort Station Logan Square's new experimental music series.
by Eli Namay
A reaction to the intense experience of Lampo's recent presentation of Yoshi Wada and Tashi Wada at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
by Lily Mooney
by Deidre Huckabay
Immerse yourself in Deidre Huckabay's poetic reaction which echoes the subtle and profound performance that Pamela Z gave at Constellation Chicago. Photos by Tim Porter.
by Michael Lewanski
A Highly Ambitious Analysis Of Chicago New Music; But One Which Is Also A Bit Dilettante-Ish, Somewhat Sloppy, And Makes No Claims To Completeness Nor Pretense Of Accuracy
An exploration of how new and experimental musicians define themselves through what she calls International New Music English
by Tamas Vilaghy
A review of Ryan Muncy's album "ism" on New Focus Recording.
A reaction to The Neo-Futurist Kitchen, a highly theatrical music festival.
by Tamas Vilaghy, photos by Tim Porter
by Emily Kerski
Reader Submission on ZINC & Wolftone at Slate Arts.
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