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Works by Tyler Burba

On Becoming Music: Between Boredom and Ecstasy by Peter Price and Tyler Burba

On Becoming-Music: Between Boredom and Ecstasy is a critical approach to the possibility of music as an art form in the age of media. It opens our ears and our minds to the dialectics of repetition and variation, ecstasy and entertainment in music.
— Michael Schmidt
In our world of conventional music pieties to which almost everyone pays lip service, Peter Price and Tyler Burba have opened up a new world of sound aesthetics-with terrific results. This book is an exhilarating plunge into a playful world of sound at its most ethereal: it’s an exploration that is an engaging and forthright manifesto into why mix culture means so much more in the 21st century than anything in the rear view mirror.
— Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid

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"The Transnational Guqin Revival in Flushing, New York," by Tyler Burba (2017). 

Published by CUNY Academic Works.


Despite the guqin's 3,000-year-old history the instrument nearly faced extinction in the Twentieth Century. Since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which featured the guqin as a cultural symbol of Chinese identity, there has been a revival of the guqin and its traditional repertoire. This study looks at a small guqin community in New York City's Flushing neighborhood, centered around Master Shi-hua Judy Yeh, and how transnational students are taking advantage of transnational organizations, like the New York Guqin School, to ease the transition into life in New York.

Recommended Citation

BURBA, TYLER L., "The Transnational Guqin Revival in Flushing, New York" (2017). CUNY Academic Works.