- I am half inclined to think we are all ghosts, Mr. Manders. It is not only what we have inherited from our fathers and mothers that exists again in us, but all sorts of old dead ideas and all kinds of old dead beliefs and things of that kind. They are not actually alive; but they are dormant, all the same, and we can never be rid of them. Whenever I take up a newspaper and read it, I fancy that I see ghosts creeping between the lines. There must be ghosts all over the world. They must be as countless as grains the of sands, it seems to me. And we are so miserably afraid of the light, all of us. [Henrik Ibsen, “Ghosts” (1881), Act II: Mrs. Alving to Mr. Manders.]
If you try something or do something or read something or experience something new, you may be pleasantly surprised at the result. It may even change your life. It may even change the world through you. That is the value, and the potential, of novelty.
- Robert D. Friedel, Zipper: An Exploration in Novelty (W.W. Norton & Company, 1994).
- Marilynn Robinson, What Are We Doing Here?: Essays (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2018): “Marilynne Robinson’s Essays Reflect an Eccentric, Exasperating, Profound and Generous Mind”.
Documentary and Educational Films
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Technical and Analytical Readings
- Winifred Gallagher, New: Understanding Our Need for Novelty and Change (Penguin Press, HHC, 2011): exploring the human response to a rapidly changing world.
- Donald Crosby, Novelty (Lexington Books, 2005): an “argument for the metaphysical reality of novelty.”
- James H. Austin, Chase, Chance, and Creativity: The Lucky Art of Novelty (Columbia University Press, 1978): an early neuroscientific approach to the foundations of novelty.
Music: Composers, artists, and major works
- Huun Huur Tu, November 18, 2008
- Huun Huur Tu, March 29, 2012
- Huun Huur Tu, May 18, 2001
- Huun Huur Tu, “60 Horses in My Herd” album
- Huun Huur Tu, “Altan Sayan Tandy-Uula” album
- Huun Huur Tu, live with interview
- Alash Ensemble, November 20, 2011
- Khöömei Beat, “Changys Baglaash”: “They combine traditional Tuvan throat singing and influences with modern instrumentation . . ."
- Choduraa Tumat, “Byzaanchy”: “The album Byzaanchy features 14 tracks of traditional songs from Tuva, performed by Choduraa Tumat accompanied by a musical instrument called byzaanchy. The byzaanchy is a traditional bowed string instrument from Tuva, with a history that dates back centuries.”
- Oorzhak Khunashtaar-Ool, “Alazhymny — My Alash”
Puuluup is an Estonian folk duo that plays what they call “Zombie funk”. So far, the following albums have survived:
In Western classical music, the saxophone is a novelty instrument. Here are some works for saxophone and orchestra:
- Constant, Concertante for Saxophone and Orchestra (1977)
- Creston, Saxophone Concerto, Op. 26
- Dubois, Alto Saxophone Concerto (1959)
- Glazunov, Saxophone Concerto in E-flat Major, Op. 109 (1934)
- Larsson, Saxophone Concerto, Op. 14 (1934)
- Łukaszewski, Concerto for Alto Saxophone, Flute and Orchestra
- Mackey, Concerto for Soprano Sax and Wind Ensemble
- Milhaud, Scaramouche for Alto Saxophone & Orchestra, Op. 165 (1937)
- Murgier, Saxophone Concerto (1960)
- Piazzolla, Tango Suite for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra
- Skalkottas, Concertino for Soprano Saxophone and Strings (1939)
- Sleeper, Concerto for Alto Saxophone & Orchestra
- Theodorakis, Cretan Concertino for Alto Saxophone & Orchestra (2005)
- Torke, Saxophone Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble