LP and CD packaging design for John McGuire's 'Pulse Music'. Presented together for the first time, American composer John McGuire’s 'Pulse Music' series (1975-1979) blurs the popular narrative that Minimalism was a reaction against Europe’s angular, intellectual, inscrutable high-modernism. McGuire, born in California, studied at Occidental College in Los Angeles and UC Berkeley before going to Europe to study with Karlheinz Stockhausen, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Gottfried Michael Koenig. His compositions lock serialism’s warped geometries onto an evenly spaced grid, perfectly preserving serial music’s multi-dimensionality while smoothing its wildest disjunctures and sharpest angles. If serialism is Montreal’s Habitat 67 modular housing complex, McGuire’s 'Pulse Music' compositions are the primary-coloured grids of Le Corbusier’s L’Habitation apartment complex — an exuberant expression of the same materials and principles. Gatefold double LP sleeve with inset 12 pp. booklet / CD digipak with 24 pp. booklet.
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