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The Digital Music Revolution, continued

Napster logoCourtesy Napster Napster, built up by the RIAA as the great evil hovering above the music industry, has become something of a red herring in the field of digital music, with the press and the recording industry both fixated on it. Still defending itself against lawsuits for copyright infringement, the service is in the […]

Igor Engraver 1.5 Unveiled for Windows and Macintosh

Screenshot from Igor Engraver 1.5Image courtesy of NoteHeads As much as computers and word processing software have changed how this article was written, music notation software has transformed music scoring and publishing. For the past couple of years, Sibelius and Coda’s Finale have dominated the field, but quietly coming up on the inside is Igor […]

Chamber Music America Announces 2001-02 Awards Including 16 Commissions

Chamber Music America has announced support for sixteen commissions, part of a list of thirty-three awards granted this season to ensemble musicians, presenting organizations, and community groups across the country. CMA will also support seventeen long and short-term residency projects. The awards are intended to fund music education and outreach programs, provide ensembles with performance […]

Distinguished Composer/Professor Raymond Wilding-White, 78

Composer and Advocate for New Music, Raymond Wilding-WhitePhoto courtesy of Glennie Wilding-Whit Distinguished composer and professor Raymond Wilding-White, 78, died of liver failure at home August 24, 2001 in Kewaunee, Wisconsin. His wife and daughter were with him. Wilding-White composed more than one hundred works during his lifetime, from choral and symphonic compositions to electronic […]

Charles Lloyd: Nothing Left But the Music

Saxophonist Charles Lloyd commissioned to write for the San Francisco Jazz FestivalPhoto courtes In town for a gig at the Blue Note, Charles Lloyd sat down to talk with me in an upper room of a Greenwich Village apartment on a rainy Friday morning. Over the steady drip of water hitting the chimney flue, he […]

The New Sound Machines

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Whether it is the bleeping, crunchy, ethereal sounds created using computers, traditional instruments being stretched to create exciting new harmonics, or simply the ability to hear music from distant parts of the world, contemporary composers and listeners alike have made extensive use of these new sound “machines” to expand our aural capacity.

Live Jazz Fills City by the Bay

San Francisco Jazz Festival Founder and Executive Director, Randall KlinePhoto courtesy of SFJAZ At the end of the month, SFJAZZ kicks off its 19th annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, presenting a range of live performances from classic jazz to the avant-garde, tributes to legendary artists, and premiere performances of specially commissioned works. The festival performances […]

Composer Calling: Cell Phone Symphony Premieres

A mirror reflects the “performers”, who are also the audience in Levin’s DialtonesPhoto courtesy When the cell phones started ringing during a performance at an electronic arts festival in Linz, Austria, the conductor didn’t storm off the stage in a rage. He was the one making the calls. “Dialtones: A Telesymphony,” was given it’s premiere […]

Cage Performance to Run Longer Than Cats

Timeline of the scoreImage courtesy of John Cage in Halberstadt At the stroke of midnight on September 5, 2001, a performance of John Cage‘s ORGAN2/ASLSP (As Slow As Possible) began in the small German town of Halberstadt. Taking Cage at his word, it is not scheduled to conclude for another 639 years. The performance began […]