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.

Carl Stone: Intellectual Property, Artistic License and Free Access to Information in the Age of Sample-Based Music and the Internet

Carl Stone California-based composer, radio host and computer music guru Carl Stone meets NewMusicBox editor Frank J. Oteri at the American Music Center Tuesday, October 17, 2000, 10 AM – 12 p.m. Filmed by Jenny UndercoflerTranscribed by Lisa Kang Formative Experiences The 20th Century and Pre-Recorded Sound Intellectual Property Barbie Getting Sampled vs. Getting Plagiarized […]

Soundtracks: October 2000

Unlike the impending Presidential election, there are tons of musical choices in SoundTracks this month ranging from new recordings of acknowledged American musical masterpieces to rediscoveries of overlooked musical treasures to works from newly-emerging composers never before on CD. In the orchestral music department, there is a new recording of Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 2, […]

Who Represents the Unsilent Minority?

There needs to be a greater musical awareness among the people who hold our elected offices. But there also needs to be a greater political awareness on the part of people who make and shape music in this country.

Music and the American Presidency: A Virtual Fireside Chat with U.S. Presidents

An aerial view of the South side of the White House Compiled by Frank J. Oteri andJenny UndercoflerAdditional research by David Hughes The Role of Music in American Life Personal Attitudes About Music Great American Composers Other Favorite Presidential Musicians Music & Diplomacy: International & Domestic The Chief Executive as Music Critic Some Thoughts About […]

John Eaton: Involving Audiences in the Sweep of the Music

John EatonPhoto by Lloyd DeGrane, courtesy of The University of Chicago Chronicle August 3, 2000 – 1:00 to 3:30 pm John Eaton in conversation with Frank J. Oteriat The American Music Center Filmed by Jonathan Murphy and David HughesTranscribed by Karyn Joaquino A Non-Theoretical Approach to Microtonality Writing Microtonal Music and Practical Realities Audience Perception […]

The Many Views of Betty Freeman

Photographer and patron Betty Freeman, who has been something of a Nadezhda von Meck to composers ranging from Harry Partch and John Cage to La Monte Young and Kaija Saariaho as well as numerous visual artists, talks about what music she funds and why.

Between Rock and Harder Places?

When classmates told me that the Clash were revolutionaries, I told them to check out pieces like Fontana Mix or It’s Gonna Rain and hear what revolution really sounded like.

Gary Lucas: Ignoring Genre Divisions

Guitarist Gary Lucas has been one of the most in-demand in the realm of experimental rock for decades. Perhaps best known for his stint with Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, Lucas was also the electric guitarist for the European premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass. Lucas talks about Beefheart and Lenny as well as his numerous fascinating solo projects.

Prizing American Music

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard Over the years, I have frequently bemoaned the fact that there is no Nobel Prize for Music. While only in my most musically zealous moments I’d claim that musical contributions are as significant as strides toward world peace, even in my soberest moments I know in my heart that […]