Squeaky Clean

When difficult artists write cleaner music, does it represent a welcome clarification or a huge step backwards?

Bottoms Up

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.

An Ugly Future

Harmonic organization is only a small (and shrinking) part of how most of us hear music now. The presence or absence of a steady pulse, for example, is easily as significant as the presence or absence of a tonic among today’s listeners.

What You Kno’ Bout Me?

Nobody is going to revoke your serious composer membership card just because you can admit to yourself that you like a Kelly Clarkson song.

Aural Flashbacks

In addition to the ever-expanding approaches to writing music, it’s worth considering the new ways of hearing it that the information age may cultivate in us.

The Best Blogs?

Richard Schickel wrote an impassioned plea for the continued relevance of criticism despite its predicted demise as a result of the democratizing force of the blogosphere, but can’t there be meaningful, substantive commentary online?