One of the things I miss most from Rice was the thing that Dan Zajicek, Chris Goddard, Stephen Bachicha, and myself created: Listening Fridays. I wrote about this when I was doing my Top 50 Tuesday posts. Composers would get together in the REMLABS at Rice each week after composition seminar and before the grad student pub, Valhalla, opened. The idea was, come in, bring music, forget the scores, and just listen. Then talk about what we heard. What did we like, what didn't we like, what sounded cool, what didn't, what other pieces did this trigger in our memories, etc.
Here is a list of the last 2 years of Listening Fridays. As you can see, sometimes we were a tad more serious than other times.
Why do I bring this up?
I love talking about new music with people. I want to start something up again. Of course, since I am in China, it would need to take place on the interwebs. But, the format is the same. Bring music, everyone listens. Have a discussion. It really only works if people are truly invested and interested in listening and then contributing to a discussion.
I want these discussions to stay positive and focused on the piece we are discussing. This shouldn't turn into a bitch fest about whatever.
I added a new page to the blog up above called Listening Fridays. It is a forum set up. We'll try that for now and see how it goes.
Who would be into this idea? I mean - really into it? Who wants to start something like this with me? Anyone, composer or not, is welcome. Actually, non-composers are encouraged. Comment below with your thoughts.