• Maryanne Amacher

The singular sound artist Maryanne Amacher died yesterday at age 66; she’d suffered a stroke a couple weeks earlier. Although the one-time Stockhausen student released two stunning albums for John Zorn’s Tzadik label in the last decade—including last year’s remarkable Sound Characters 2—her work was really about the direct experience of sound through installations, where its psychoacoustic and deeply physical properties could be properly felt. Unfortunately, that discipline and purity relegated her to obscurity in most circles.