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The Dilemma of the “Postmodern Avant-Garde”

Rock Paper And Vintage Scissors

Talking about a “postmodern avant-garde” might well seem oxymoronic. But what at first glance appears self-contradictory might, upon closer inspection, disclose itself as a fundamental social tension within new music culture—or, rather, a tension between the ideals of that culture and the material reality of contemporary socio-economic structures.

It Ain’t Us, Babe

Steam locomotive enters tunnel

Beware of musicologists bringing hegemonic narratives to discipline the chaos of the contemporary.

The Musicology of the Present

postmusicologist

This seems like the perfect venue to take up a challenge laid down by composer-journalist-scholar Kyle Gann, who in 2008 tasked a generation of music historians with having “dropped the ongoing narrative of composed music.”

Rethinking Grants: Sometimes Smaller is Bigger

Our decision to award more small grants is driven by the same underlying principle that has motivated our entire approach to project grants: bringing artists into the public limelight is crucial for a modern-day healthy ecology for new music.

Location, Location

US Map

While localities and regions may be less important in terms of a specific shared sound or group of influences (although that’s still a possibility, too), I’d contend they remain essential as accumulations of a “critical mass” of resources and opportunities to collaborate.

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