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.
A scuffle at the Boston Pops is one thing, but the news that a ten
year old has been convicted of beating a homeless man requires more of a
response from us.
While it is possible (and in my opinion desirable) to listen to all music, individuals’ listening modalities span a wide and often irreconcilable gamut.
What can we as composers and administrators do to help those performing organizations that have a true desire to continue to involve living composers, but are still green to it?
If we learned anything from COPS, it’s that you can’t commit a crime in America while wearing a shirt. That applies even to orchestra patrons, apparently, and we’ve got it on tape.
Is free improv undertaken for the benefit of the performers or the audience?
I know that exciting new music performances happen around the country throughout the year, but April and May really do feel like a double contemporary American music month in New York City. But what can we do make a louder splash about new music among the general public?
The thought of having my special own radio station sounds fantastic, but the idea that my tastes can be defined by an algorithm based upon an absolute set of parameters does somewhat unsettle me.
Mother would be shocked.
The music I find myself attracted to avoids the middle-of-the-road-ness of being all things, all of the time.