Butt Sticks and other awesome blogs to follow

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)

Inklings, a Blog by Stacy Garrop

http://www.icareifyoulisten.com (I write for this one!)


A blog by Alex Ross, Music Critic for the New Yorker

Steven Bryant


Composer Opportunities

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.composerssite.com (free!)

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!

Strange Beautiful Music VIII

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?!

More information and buy tickets here

A Computer Scientist on Bach

Last week on “On Being,” Krista Tippett interviewed Bernard Chazelle, who is Eugene Higgins Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University. Some of his approaches to listening, thoughts, and insights about the music of Bach were fascinating.

Bernard Chazelle on “On Being” with Krista Tippett

Chazelle also keeps a fairly extensive blog on music. I haven’t explored all of it yet, but here it is!

Bernard Chazelle’s Blog

24 Hours of John Zorn


Q2 Music, the contemporary music radio station associated with New York Public Radio, is celebrating the 61st birthday of John Zorn with a 24-hour marathon of his music tomorrow (Friday, September 5). This is actually a rebroadcast of their 60th birthday celebration from last September, but in case you’d like to listen to some great music and support a wonderful radio station, check out the website where you can stream it here:


Zorn is the host, so you will also get to hear commentary from the composer about his works!