Photo by Pieter Kers In the fifty years of my career as a composer involved with electronics and computers each change in media or instrumentation inspires creative work. Creative work also inspires new instrumentation. I have worked with recording throughout my career – in the ’40s with a wire recorder, in the ’50s and ’60s […]
Photo Jeff Swisley The capacity for the Web as creative medium is immense. The usefulness to composers is endless. It’s better than blank scorepaper. It is venue, sound source, distributor, collaborator, PR company, living room, toolbox, catalyst, home, canvas, community, clubhouse, sounding board, inspiration, and time-stealer. It is opportunity, freedom, uncharted territory. And it is […]
Photo by Stephan Janin Of Mice and Men The major impact of the Web on music has clearly been in the area of distribution, not composition or performance. The fluid and unmediated character of peer-to-peer file exchange makes it the single most creative and innovative development on the Web, but its “power users” are ordinary […]
Dean SuzukiPhoto by Ryan Suzuki In a way, I will be preaching to the choir in this column. On the other hand, the point raised is one worth considering or, perhaps more accurately, reconsidering. That which is new, unfamiliar, or outside of the realm what we are comfortable with, that which we do not understand, […]
Greg Sandow Something happened as I got ready to write this column—I thought I got bored with the music I was going to write about. I guess that’s an occupational hazard for critics, since we’re forced to pay attention to all kinds of things, whether we really care about them or not. In this case, […]
with Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid Paul D. Miller’s Preamble: In an era of intensely networked systems, when you create, it’s not just how you create, but the context of the activity that makes the product. Operating systems, editing environments, graphical user interfaces—these are the keywords in this kind of compositional […]
Eve Beglarian, Jovino Santos Neto, Nicolas Collins, Pauline Oliveros, and DJ Tamara let us in on their secrets.