NEA releases landmark study on multiple jobholding in the arts

On August 9, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the release of a landmark research report on artists’ employment, specifically examining multiple jobholding or “moonlighting.” Commissioned by the NEA’s Research Division, More Than Once in a Blue Moon: Multiple Jobholdings by American Artists is unprecedented for the breadth of data examined that compares artists’ […]

What is your favorite tuning system? Why? Johnny Reinhard, Composer, Bassoonist, Director of the American Festival of Microtonal Music

Johnny Reinhard in Kazan, Russia Photo by Svetlana Sokolova Here in the new millennium composers look about and wonder what connects them together. The answer appears to be the musical intelligence that they possess. Ever since Howard Gardner designated “musical intelligence” as the one of the legitimate human intelligences in his book Frames of Mind, […]

BETWEEN U S: A HyperHistory of American Microtonalists

Twelve-tone equal temperament, as this common tuning is called, is a 20th-century phenomenon, a blandly homogenous tuning increasingly imposed on all the world’s musics in the name of scientific progress. In short, twelve-tone equal temperament is to tuning what the McDonald’s hamburger is to food.

What is your favorite tuning system? Why?

Johnny Reinhard“What is the virtue of sticking to any single system of tuning? Why a system, and not an approach, or multi-systems?…” Joe Monzo“The desire to simplify Partch’s numerical (ratio-based) notation led to me create harmonic lattice-diagrams to represent the pitches in ‘ratio-space’…” Joe Manieri“I’m sorry for all you just people, but I’m un-just…” Lois […]

John Eaton: Involving Audiences in the Sweep of the Music

John EatonPhoto by Lloyd DeGrane, courtesy of The University of Chicago Chronicle August 3, 2000 – 1:00 to 3:30 pm John Eaton in conversation with Frank J. Oteriat The American Music Center Filmed by Jonathan Murphy and David HughesTranscribed by Karyn Joaquino A Non-Theoretical Approach to Microtonality Writing Microtonal Music and Practical Realities Audience Perception […]