40 Years of Robert Ashley’s ‘Private Parts’

Source: Noisey.

Words like “confounding” and “singular” and “visionary” get thrown around a lot and can sound like hype, but they actually apply to Robert Ashley. A true pioneer of the American compositional avant-garde, Ashley’s work stretches logic and fogs genre. It’s funny, freakish and wild in ways that polite “new music,” and especially the more domesticated forms of American minimalism, are not. Loose and flexible along some parameters, tightly controlled along others, the Private Parts LP, which first came out in 1978 and is being reissued by Lovely Music on February 1, is a paradoxical combination of elements.