Music
The music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform. Songs can feel like California. But what is the sound of California? Is it the oceanside music of beach-blanket pop? Is it Laurel Canyon folk or San Diego hardcore punk? California music is all this and more; it is a conversation between cultures, taking place on the dancefloor. As effervescent Norteno rhythms spill over the border and West Coast hip hop takes cues from SoCal jazz and soul, California’s cultural confluence creates music distinct to this place. Here, on the coast where societal norms are written and rewritten, music is a writhing leviathan, a sprawling, multi-faced beast, where the only unifying factor is innovation. Fela Kuti learned funk while living in Los Angeles, Gram Parsons explored cosmic rock in the Palm desert, and Black Flag tore up Orange County stages. California is where musical revolution begins.
Inside 'The Merc'
Inside 'The Merc'
Inside The Merc in Temecula, there's no sense of time, only time signatures. Within the old brick walls and open-beam ceiling, time and place are figments -- it's music that matters.
A Conversation On Sound With Isis' Aaron Turner, William Fowler Collins, Artist Steve Roden, and Curator Robert Crouch
A Conversation On Sound With Isis' Aaron Turner, William Fowler Collins, Artist Steve Roden, and Curator Robert Crouch
At the recent performance of A Slow Unraveling, the nature of sound and music was given a stress test as musicians and artists pushed the artform to its limits, and beyond.
Being Botso: Meet the Man Who Brought Music to Morro Bay
Being Botso: Meet the Man Who Brought Music to Morro Bay
Georgian-born music educator Wachtang "Botso" Korisheli has shaped the lives of scores of American schoolchildren.
Sean Carlson: The Man Behind FYF Fest
Sean Carlson: The Man Behind FYF Fest
Artbound caught up with Sean Carlson, the festival's founder to learn about where FYF came from and where it's going.
Orchestra of Decay: William Basinski's Sonic Ruins and Vanishing Tape
Orchestra of Decay: William Basinski's Sonic Ruins and Vanishing Tape
As the World Trade Center burned, William Basinski scored the soundtrack to Armageddon and rebirth. Ten years later, his Disintegration Loops strike a haunting and beautiful chord.
Groundislava: Synth Symphonies and Digital Dreamscapes
Groundislava: Synth Symphonies and Digital Dreamscapes
The airy, minimalist sounds of Venice Beach-raised Groundislava, aka Jasper Patterson are laptop jams at their best.
Serj Tankian: Where I'm From
Serj Tankian: Where I'm From
For Artbound's new "Where I'm From" series, we talk with Los Angeles musician Serj Tankian.
Hear and Now: Cut Chemist
Hear and Now: Cut Chemist
Artbound's music series Hear and Now, where we explore songs with a sense of place. The idea is simple: put Southern California musicians in the locations that inspired a song, and document a performance of the song in that place. For this session, DJ Cut Chemist makes a mix for Los Angeles, performing five songs in five locations from downtown to the beach. All in one day.
Peter Sprague: An Extraordinaire From the Land of Extraordinary Guitarists
Peter Sprague: An Extraordinaire From the Land of Extraordinary Guitarists
In Southern California, Sprague is a guitarist extraordinaire. He's played on some 200 albums and produced over 100 in his home studio, called SpragueLand, in Encinitas.
In the Pocket with James Gadson: An Essential Mixtape
In the Pocket with James Gadson: An Essential Mixtape
If you've listened to pop music over the last 40 years, you've heard James Gadson. The musician is one of the most successful and prolific session players in history.
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Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

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Music

A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

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Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.


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