Author Archives: Frank J. Oteri

About Frank J. Oteri

Frank J. Oteri, New Music USA's Composer Advocate and the Senior Editor of NewMusicBox, is an outspoken crusader for new music and the breaking down of barriers between genres. Frank’s own musical compositions reconcile structural concepts from minimalism and serialism and frequently explore microtonality.

A Conversation with Ben Johnston

Ben Johnston talks about the aesthetic dilemmas of contemporary music and his own pioneering work in extended intonation, as well as personal encounters with John Cage, Harry Partch, Milton Babbitt, and others—topics which all figure prominently in his newly published collection of writings, Maximum Clarity.

Food for Thought

If there is a larger relationship that music and food both share on an immediate, visceral level, finding out might tell us something about why certain people gravitate toward particular musical styles.

Give Piece a Chance

We really don’t have a decent word to embrace every possible musical creation, but perhaps I should get over my aversion to the phrase “piece of music.”

Making Time

To my thinking, the painter Brice Marden (who is currently the subject of a major MoMA retrospective) shares a lot of aesthetic common ground with composers as diverse as David Borden, Gloria Coates, Alvin Curran, Frederic Rzewski, and Charles Wuorinen; yet I doubt there’d be lines around the block to attend a concert assembling any of their lives’ work.

Old Acquaintance Not Forgot

I guess it’s time for me to throw out all of my books and free up several walls, but I’m already way behind my purging the walls from CDs and LPs I allegedly should have emptied in previous resolution cycles.

Ring in the New

Since the old year is ending and a new year is about to begin, it seems an ideal time to voice a concern about how we parse old and new.

Waste of Time

Last month, Time magazine published yet another list of the 100 greatest albums of all time; but virtually nothing on their list exists outside of the sphere of the pop song.