Author Archives: David Smooke

Congratulations! You’re Wrong

By David Smooke
Ideally, we can reach a state where our firm foundation of hard-won and prodigious knowledge provides us with the freedom to tweak systems, to challenge rules, to be deliciously, humanely, courageously, and satisfyingly wrong.

Old Dog/New Tricks

By David Smooke
This liberation from long-standing fears is allowing me to say “yes” and to enjoy music in ways that I had never thought possible. Audiences—albeit small audiences—have been responding with enthusiasm to my forays into performance, inspiring me to want to explode beyond more of my self-imposed boundaries.

When Does a Composition Become a Composition?

By David Smooke
While generally the completion of a final score or a premiere performance signals completion, sometimes I feel that the process is over before I even complete a draft or before sharing it with others, leaving an odd void where the work holds meaning only for me.

Introducing Dark in the Song (A Bassoon Supergroup)

By David Smooke
Since their main interest is in “adventurous new stuff” and since they seek to expand the repertoire available to bassoon ensembles, I thought that readers of NewMusicBox might be interested in hearing them answer some questions. Mike Harley took some time out from rehearsing in order to respond to my queries.

Single Minded

By David Smooke
I greatly admire those composers who can mediate between multiple pieces and a day job and all the other tasks that go into a composition career; however, I find that I fail when I attempt to enact this paradigm.

Musical Locavorism

By David Smooke
Does shopping locally for fresh concert programming help to promote the health of new music?

That’s a Mighty Big Umbrella

By David Smooke
By programming a diverse cross-section of today’s composers, Orchestra 2001 can present orchestral concerts filled with premieres and find a supportive audience. Meanwhile, Gutbucket has moved out of traditional concert halls in order to bring experimental sounds to a different audience.

Renewal

By David Smooke
Each summer I plan for the future and create grander and grander plans, a process that helps me to take stock of where I stand artistically and focus on what I would like to accomplish in the near and distant future.

Be Untrue to Your School

By David Smooke
I’d seen it happen to a lot of my friends and was certain that I was going to avoid that fate. Imagine my shock when I looked back and saw the doom that had befallen me.