Lee Erwin, Theater Organist and Composer, Dies at 92

Lee Erwin, a theater organist who composed scores for more than 70 silent films and whose performances helped create a revival of interest in silent films during the 1970s, died on September 21st at his home in Greenwich Village. He was 92. Mr. Erwin was an energetic musician who maintained a fairly busy performing schedule […]

Is the free dissemination of music on the Web helpful or harmful to the economics of new music? Mark A. Fischer, Intellectual Properties Attorney, Palmer & Dodge LLP, Boston MA

Mark A. Fischer Photo courtesy Palmer & Dodge LLP Ultimately, the answer is that dissemination of music on the Internet is not just good, it’s wonderful. But reaching this ultimate stage will take some time and there will be considerable pain getting there. Right now, the economics of so-called serious music, where numerous performers (and […]

Soundtracks: November 2000

The only “borrowed music” this month comes in the form of “arrangements,” and, unfortunately for our ‘theme’ this month, the source music was all borrowed properly! Guy Klucevsek’s adaptations of two Burt Bacharach tunes, “The Blob” and “One Less Bell to Answer,” on his CD Free Range Accordion, are both entertaining and strikingly original. If […]

Is the free dissemination of music on the Web helpful or harmful to the economics of new music?

Mark A. Fischer“…dissemination of music on the Internet is not just good, it’s wonderful…” Richard Danielpour“…I do not believe that a composer’s work should automatically be public property…” Jeff Harrington“How can we be worried about the economic impact of this or that technology when we don’t even have people’s ears?” Amy Knoles“I think of Napster […]

Intellectual Property: Whose Song is it Anyway?

Heidi WalesonPhoto by Melissa Richard Intellectual property has been a locus of debate for centuries. The difficulties of establishing standards for its ownership and exploitation stem from the fact that such property is not tangible, but rather the expression of the human mind and spirit. What is more, most creations of this kind can only […]

Carl Stone: Intellectual Property, Artistic License and Free Access to Information in the Age of Sample-Based Music and the Internet

Carl Stone California-based composer, radio host and computer music guru Carl Stone meets NewMusicBox editor Frank J. Oteri at the American Music Center Tuesday, October 17, 2000, 10 AM – 12 p.m. Filmed by Jenny UndercoflerTranscribed by Lisa Kang Formative Experiences The 20th Century and Pre-Recorded Sound Intellectual Property Barbie Getting Sampled vs. Getting Plagiarized […]

Philadelphia Orchestra To Decide Centennial Competition Winner: Huang Ruo

Huang Ruophoto by Nuiko Wadden Huang Ruo, 23, is working with Chistopher Rouse on his Master’s Degree at The Juilliard School, having recently completed his undergraduate work at Oberlin. The Chinese-born American composer wrote his first symphonic work at the age of 15, which was performed by the Shanghai Youth Orchestra. In 1995, he was […]

Philadelphia Orchestra To Decide Centennial Competition Winner: Keith Fitch

Keith Fitchphoto by Deborah Lopez Music Indiana native Keith Fitch, 33, studied at the Indiana University School of Music, where he completed his D.M. in 1995. Dr. Fitch currently resides in New York City, where he is the Assistant Director of the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division and serves on the composition, music history […]