It should make us all deeply uncomfortable how white the new music scene is. We must address the fact that we are missing out on certain new music because it is being classified for different communities, or not being classified at all.
Composer John Supko and critic Jeffrey Edelstein on when composers get a little help from their friends.
There is this split between the media’s impulse to categorize and the artist’s impulse to resist classification.
Would music by any other title sound the same? Composer John Supko and critic Jeffrey Edelstein contemplate the naming game.
Is the idea that musicians should be allowed to participate fully in our country’s economy unrealistic? A meditation on reversing the devastating effects that the digital age has wrought.
A conversation between composer John Supko and critic Jeffrey Edelstein
Perhaps writing indeterminate music can be both a rewarding end in itself, and a path to finding that which indeterminacy can’t give us.
It’s another presidential election cycle and—in addition to PAC moneymen, countless commercials, polls, trolls, sound bites, and sniping—there’s the new tradition of one candidate or another pissing off some well-known recording artist by using the artist’s song without consent.
This week, I want to talk about some of the actual work I’ve done with indeterminate digital music, with a focus on both the technologies involved and the compositional methods that have proven useful to me in approaching this sort of work.
Music seems to have more restrictive standards for fair use than other creative arts because there’s a well-established market for licensing arrangements, reprints, synchs, and samples, all of which are treated as derivative works. And courts are very reluctant to disrupt the marketplace—even one as dysfunctional as music licensing.