Author Archives: Alexandra Gardner

Process This

By Alexandra Gardner

Lately quite a few people have been asking me about issues surrounding audio production and electronic music composition, such as tips and tricks to help effectively incorporate electronic music into their instrumental compositions. I wanted to share my reply to a student’s inquiry.

Oscar Bettison: Outsider Sounds

Upon first listen to composer Oscar Bettison’s music, most striking are the strangely disconcerting yet beguiling sound worlds that are created with relatively standard instrumental forces.

Don’t Mess With Texas

By Alexandra Gardner

It is truly exciting when audiences grow accustomed to, and in fact expect to interact with, both the musicians performing the music and the composers creating that music.

D.M.A. vs. NYC

By Alexandra Gardner

Composers working within academic settings throughout the country, and composers working outside of academia (whether or not in big cities) tend to have very different musical world views and value systems.

Sounds Heard: Anat Fort Trio—And If

The strength of And If is its versatility and elegant simplicity. It draws the listener in through solid compositional structure combined with dexterous trio interactions, plus a spare and spacious approach to the musical landscapes presented.

Drama Queen

By Alexandra Gardner

One of the greatest things about new music is simply that it’s new, and there are no preconceptions about how it’s supposed to be performed. I think I am understanding in a deeper way that my music needs to be played with drama.

What The Composer Wants

By Alexandra Gardner

Ensemble commissions Young Composer to write a new work. Young composer has never written for the particular instrumentation of Ensemble before, but Ensemble likes Young Composer’s work so much they decide to take a chance. The story continues…

It Gets Better

By Alexandra Gardner
The first twenty years of a composer’s career can be difficult, but as a composer nearing that two-decade mark, I can say that the sheer act of sticking it out and being tenacious can yield positive results.

Sounds Heard: Maggi Payne—Arctic Winds

An intrepid sound-gatherer, Bay Area composer/flutist/recording engineer/video artist Maggi Payne collects recordings from the simplicities of everyday life—a rattling teapot, papers shuffling, a basement furnace, misbehaved plumbing—and transforms them into gigantic musical statements.

Good, Cheap, Fast

By Alexandra Gardner

Good, cheap, and fast represent the three corners of what is called a Project Triangle—a graphic example showing the influence of time, resources, and technical objective upon a given project. Basically the idea is that one can successfully accomplish any two of these elements in the outcome of a project, but that having all three is not possible.