Yeah, yeah, yeah....I haven't written in a few months. I'm sure you missed it. I've been in daddy mode and furiously trying to finish a piece. But, I have been feeling the urge to blog again and wanted the blogging to actually mean something.
Some of you who read my blog know that last summer I did my Top 50 pieces of all time. I do many other lists as well. It is my preferred writing format.
For some time Garrett Schumann has been doing a blog series called Mapping My Musical Twitterverse. I liked this idea quite a bit. So much so that I am going to modify it a bit and do a series of my own very similar to it. Hope you don't mind Garrett.
Living and working in China, there is a great deal of feeling of isolation from the compositional community of which I have spent the last 7-8 years becoming a part. Also, I've been feeling that do not have a sense of what is happening with my composer peers in terms of their musical creations. It is very easy to be in touch when you are surrounded by other composers in school and going to concerts nearly everyday. But, out of school...this is not the case.
I've also been wanting to develop a tighter knit composer community. It seems that we are largely just off on our own looking out for number one the majority of the time. Be honest. When was the last time you recommended another composer to a performer before yourself? But, look at the 1950's New York group (Cage, Feldman, Brown, Wolff, Tudor). They were very involved in each other's music and actively created opportunities for each other. I want to be in a position such that if I can help another composer because I intimately know their music and know performers who would dig it, I will.
So the following project is my idea of how to get a better sense the music my friends and colleagues are writing.
I am "friends" with about 120 composers on Facebook. This can range from my best friend, Stephen Bachicha, to composers that I have maybe met once at a festival like Ryan Jesperson, or perhaps never at all like Bryan Christian. But, I have a connection to all of these composers. I want to see their music and careers succeed.
I have randomly ordered these composers and will blog about a piece of theirs everyday (M-Th). I will talk about how I know them, some of their focuses, and share at least one piece and my thoughts about it. I am going to try to be objective as possible. There will be good things to say and not so good/constructive things to say.
I also want to involve the composers in the process by getting answers to 5 questions from them. One of these will be sharing some other composers of their generation who they admire. So this process not only allows me (and the reader) to get a stronger sense of the featured composer but also, allows me to discover and connect with composers I've never met or whose music I've never heard...yet.
Some of my composers friends will inevitably be left out because they don't have websites or don't post their music to soundcloud or youtube or anywhere else that I could listen. Can't be helped.
1. Listen to music by composers of my own and adjacent generations
2. Learn more about these composers and their works
3. Discover other music from the composers' suggestions
4. Start blogging again
These blogs will be posted to Facebook and my Twitter. I hope you will enjoy reading, listening to new music, and discovering; the thing I've been missing most.
I am going to the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium next week so look for this series to start around August 25.