Author Archives: Robert Carl

Music After Life: Guiding Lights

lighthouse

One side of the survivability equation is the caution-to-the-wind embrace of a personal vision, fearless of the consequences, no matter how impractical. The other side thinks outside of the individual and looks at the times.

Music After Life: Twists of Fate

"Morton Feldman 1976" by Rob Bogaerts Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 nl.

The reputations of certain composers seem to be actually growing with time, even though conventional wisdom earlier on would have predicted just the opposite. They present one possible answer to the question of how music becomes “survivable.”

Music After Life: Posthumous Lessons

Xenakis, Shapey, Kramer and Rochberg

By now it’s more than a decade since Jonathan Kramer, George Rochberg, Ralph Shapey, and Iannis Xenakis have passed, so there is some time to assess where their art stands in their wake, even though it’s still very early in the eternity game.

Eight Waves a Composer Will Ride in This Century

I am strangely optimistic right now, at least for art, despite the enormous challenges we face as a species. Part of the reason is that I feel the forces that I’ll enumerate are in fact moving us towards a sort of new “common practice,” one that is far more diverse and comprehensive.