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“The concept of the Dream House is an idea that developed from my piece The Four Dreams of China which I composed in 1962 and which contains the concept of an infinite piece of music. (…) When I realized that a musical piece could permanently develop and evolve if it could have a permanent place where musicians could play every day, I came up wi th the idea of the Dream House: a building where musicians live and work, with a big space for performances and enough musicians so that there is always some people playing (…) In 1966, when I started experimenting wi th electronic music — my group The Theatre of Eternal Music had been in existence for a few years at that stage — I began to realize that working with musicians was very expensive. I therefore developed the idea of electronic sounds held over a long period of time, so that since then, I combine live and electronic music.”
— La Monte Young

For La Monte Young, every sound can be music as long as the existence of sound is conceivable. Founder of the American minimalist musical movement and above all, an exceptional musician, he is known for his interest in sustained notes and for his quest for just intonation. Drift Studies he has created since 1966 are musical pieces that marry these two aspects.

Produced and directed by Jacqueline Caux, the documentary Prism’s Colors, Mechanics of Time (96minutes, 2009) which investigates the musical Avant-Garde that has begun in the 1960s and is continuing in this early 21st century, is screened in the museum’s conference room throughout the exhibition.

This exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Daniel Caux (1940 – 2008).

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