“Generally, it was a formidable year for new music—so much so that my ten notable recordings are entirely contemporary, with dead composers demoted to the honorable-mention category. Many of these works have an intangible quality in common, one that’s hard to name. Sonic landscapes shimmer before one’s ears, but they are too irregular and restless to be classified as minimalist or ambient. Instead, they suggest an ominous stasis, an unstable stillness.”
Great podcast, thanks to Arris Golden for sharing!
I haven’t listened to any of the other episodes, but this one seemed interesting!
That’s right. Butt sticks. Just one of the many posts you’ll find in the amazing blog that composer David Rakowski. Here is a link to that article, and you can find a list below of awesome blogs to follow and read about composing, your career as a composer, and new music. These are just the ones I follow, please feel free to add more!
David Rakowski’s Blog (easily my favorite)
http://www.icareifyoulisten.com (I write for this one!)
Sometimes it can be hard to remember all of the emails you’ve gotten with composer opportunities in the coming months. These are a couple of the spots to look once a month or so for what competitions, festivals, and other opportunities are available for composers!
http://www.societyofcomposers.org/publications/scion.html SCION is a fantastic resource, but you must be a member of SCI to view it. Membership isn’t too expensive for students, though, and it’s worth being a part of professional organizations in the field you’re studying!
Always a FANTASTIC event. This year will feature Andy Akiho (listen to his music on iTunes or watch a video here, or another here–his music is sweet), Latitude 49 (great new music ensemble with roots in Michigan), and of course New Music Detroit. Tickets are pay as you can, so it’s relatively inexpensive for people like us, and it’s an 8-hour long concert devoted to new music…what more could you want?!
Nadia Sirota, violist and radio host at Q2 Music in New York, hosts a podcast called Meet the Composer. She brings in a fairly wide variety of people at different stages of their careers, and all of the discussions and music are really well planned and rewarding.
“[C]ontrary to plan, Apple has not necessarily succeeded in making music better. Then again, it might not be doing long-term damage; indeed, it might not be having much effect at all.”
Read more at The New Yorker