What role has theory played in your compositions and how important is it for people to know the theory behind the music in order to appreciate it? Kim Cascone



Kim Cascone

Most of the theory I studied in music school has very little to do with what I do today. Having said that, I would also say that I would not have developed my current skill set if it were not for my musical education. Music theory has mimicked the behavior of many other disciplines in the 20th century by crossbreeding, blurring boundaries, and synthesizing new approaches to composing music. As the definition of music now encompasses many styles made possible only by technology, new skills and disciplines are needed to work in these new media. Filmmaking, mathematics, aesthetics, and computer programming all intersect to make for a more rounded definition of the term “music theory” and continue to play a large role in the development of my music.

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