Writings about Music

My Found Sounds

Michael Robinson (Los Angeles)

One of John Cage’s central innovations was the concept of using "found sounds" for music composition, which includes literally any sound one encounters in daily living, with sounds as far away from conventional music as possible being a virtue. While many electronic and computer music composers have pursued this aesthetic pathway, some to great advantage, I found after giving all types of sounds equal consideration that the "found sounds" I love the most are actual musical timbres derived from myriad cultures, which I adopt, shape and utilize in the process of expressing my personal musical vision with technology I opted to name the meruvina.

- Michael Robinson, November 2020, Los Angeles


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The comments here are from the liner notes for Moonrise and Rain-Mist, finding they are so centrally important to merit a separate entry.


Michael Robinson is a Los Angeles-based composer and writer (musicologist).