Straight lines and equal increments are rare in nature. And the return of non-tempered tunings has opened exciting new possibilities for moving Western music off the grid and out of the box.
Johnny Reinhard“What is the virtue of sticking to any single system of tuning? Why a system, and not an approach, or multi-systems?…” Joe Monzo“The desire to simplify Partch’s numerical (ratio-based) notation led to me create harmonic lattice-diagrams to represent the pitches in ‘ratio-space’…” Joe Manieri“I’m sorry for all you just people, but I’m un-just…” Lois […]
I’ll never forget the utter amazement I experienced the first time I was exposed to the notion of “microtonal music.”
Thomas BucknerOpen up the System: “Instead of having only a few giant organizations, we should spread the power around…” June HechingerFocus on American Composers: “As American citizens, we felt it was important to focus on American composers…” Gayle MorganIs There Too Much New Music?: “Even with an average annual grant list of 25 new music […]
Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard As one of many American composers who has yet to make a living from composing music, I am simultaneously perplexed and humbled by the economics of music making in a free market economy. Like so many of my colleagues following in the grand American tradition of William Billings and […]
Theodore WiprudPhoto by Melissa Richard Think “new music,” and chances are, whatever you mean by “new music” does not earn its keep. Fortunately, there is more to musical life than earned income. That’s because in the United States there exists a highly developed world of nonprofit institutions, and a tax code that encourages their support […]
Thomas BucknerPhoto by Jack Mitchell; courtesy of Thomas Buckner “Open Up the System” What strikes me as a key issue in the funding for new music or any art form is the danger that it becomes a closed system. Through internal politics, organizations tend to fund a certain group of people year in and year […]
John & June HechingerPhoto courtesy of June Hechinger “Focus on American Composers” I’ve been on the board of the National Symphony for a long time and my husband and I have been subscribers to symphony concerts for over 50 years. In the early 1980s, we read an article in the New York Times Magazine about […]
New music needs a new paradigm for funding.