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The Pool K III is Paul Bowles' most unfathomable musical work, one not yielding to easy interpretation. It is a realm of sound that creates a dreamlike journey without a clear point of origin or destination—a sojourn to be experienced in its entirety, without stopping.

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With The Pool K III, Paul Bowles has created in eight separate tracks a work particularly unique to even his own wide-ranging catalog of compositions—a piece within the genre of musique concrete, a type of experimental music that gained recognition as a result of the soundscapes of Pierre Schaeffer and the Groupe de Recherche de Musique Concrete at the beginning of the 1950s. To a great extent, there was an aleatory element at play in their creations; musicians made numerous tape manipulations to alter sound, such as looping and splicing, at random and often included inadvertently-created sound and unconventional sources as part of their finished works. Widely-accepted conventions pertaining to music theory, rhythm and instrumentation were not considered essential elements to compositions. By contrast, improvisation was regarded as an essential part of the sound creation process.

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Author Paul Bowles
Publisher Cadmus Editions
Page Count 32pp
Publication Size 5 x 6.75
Publication Notes CD-ROM
Publication Date July 9, 2013
ISBN 978-0932274731

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