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Composing is Not a Distraction

I’ve heard countless stories of performers who were discouraged by their instrumental teachers when they would improvise or compose, as it took away from valuable practice time and was a “distraction.”

Please Pass the Placebo

The next time you feel the urge to insert, say, an intervallic aggregate simply because it bears a connection to another structural element in the music, take into sonic consideration the consequence of your actions. Are you really contributing anything to the sound?

Composer Identity Crisis

Can you call yourself a composer if no one else does? And why is the performer rather than the composer called the artist in performances and on recordings?

Music and Truth

Music is a language in which one cannot lie; is it dishonest, then, to write strictly serial music?

Keeping Out of the Headlines

Aside from Michael Jackson’s brushes with the criminal justice system, there is never anything about music on the Times Square news ticker; but maybe that’s okay.