Since the old year is ending and a new year is about to begin, it seems an ideal time to voice a concern about how we parse old and new.
What on earth do video games have to do with new music? Well, for starters, there’s a whole generation of composers who are intimately familiar with the canon (the standard rep as it were) of video game music.
Get your jaw off the floor.
What on earth do composition professors actually teach their students about the art of writing music?
The affective, expressive content that’s supposedly the exclusive domain of tonal music can be analyzed, synthesized, and manufactured, and you don’t even need to bus senior citizens to Canada to get it cheaper.
Last month, Time magazine published yet another list of the 100 greatest albums of all time; but virtually nothing on their list exists outside of the sphere of the pop song.
Here are a few ideas for how to fund composers committed to writing music for young players and amateurs.
A musician only needs so many rhinestone violin pins. Here’s some holiday cheer with punch.
If there were such a thing as truth buried somewhere inside music, would we find it all that artistically interesting?
Tolerance for strange film scores and things like Radiohead is quite high. So if dissonant music isn’t keep audiences away from the concert hall, what is?