Articles by Randy Nordschow
What is it that makes one composer more adventurous than another?
All the beach trips, barbeques, and fireworks displays in the world can’t disguise the fact that summer means slim pickings for modern composition.
The “system” is outmoded, and the divisions imposed by our institutions
only succeed in keeping young composers apart, despite the fact that
students themselves don’t buy into all the divisiveness.
Given the lengthy relationship between music and booze, it’s amazing that there hasn’t been a thoroughly researched book or article on the subject and how it relates to modern composition.
Nobody is going to revoke your serious composer membership card just because you can admit to yourself that you like a Kelly Clarkson song.
The conception of “digital space” has infiltrated the multitude of ways in which we compose, even if the byproduct is good old-fashioned acoustic music.
Get ready for some serious jet-setting new music style, from the major premieres and oh-so-hip festival circuit to those funky little must-sees that you usually hear about long after the fact.
The music I find myself attracted to avoids the middle-of-the-road-ness of being all things, all of the time.
Composing music is like creating a fictional character, we have to fully realize each toenail and eyelash if our goal is to generate something convincing.
If we’re going to sing something in German nowadays, maybe we can update things a little and cast Fergie in the lead role.