If the goal of life is to hike the proverbial mountainside, then do we hike the mountain, or try to stop the flow of the river in the valley below?
Why is the music of the 20th century (and beyond) so loved, hated, and controversial?
Composer Matthew Whiteside wrote an article about streaming sales in classical music.
There are two main ways musicians make a living.
The practice of gratitude has helped me get out from under the spell of depression and anxiety.
How does one deal with interruptions? We need to get our work in. We still have our own deadlines. And we do need to interrupt others, too, because that is how life happens.
We will all be forgotten long after we pass. And that is precisely why you have every reason to live the life that will make you the most fulfilled.
I write a lot about technology here. But there is no technology more important to a composer than paper. Whether one uses pen or pencil, the use of paper is integral to one's development as a beginning composer and as an advanced one.
As one progresses, one becomes more and more specialized. Coursework selection, private study, extra studies outside of the university, thesis and dissertation all hone one to become less diversified, and more specialized.
One work that has really helped me recently is a text about Buddhism, but if you remove the Buddhist front it really is a text about being in the moment, regardless of your belief system.
It is invigorating to both think quickly, and to use that to accomplish tasks. However, having racing thoughts is much different than thinking quickly.
In this post, I aim to tackle a feeling of powerlessness we feel as musicians, as a metaphor or mirror to anyone who feels powerless.
You can apply mindfulness to all aspects of being a musician. However, the goal is not to become a virtuoso in music through mindfulness.
When one's personal life takes control of one's life, occupying all time and energy there may be to spare, it is hard to find time to make art.
I had a old piece that I had made in Finale 2010. When I upgraded to Finale v. 25 I imported it, and it produced the same, exactly engraved, result. I then exported it to XML, and imported it into Dorico.
Firmly rooted in the American Mavericks tradition, this work fuses hymns with polytonality and misalignment, a la Charles Ives.
I make it a rule to not upgrade operating systems, but it seems that when I needed to do so, I quickly learned why I generally avoid it.
We tend to think that, as humans, we get addicted to physical things: drugs, sex, gambling, money, fighting, etc. Yet, I haven't heard anyone talking about addiction to thought--addiction to thinking.
What are your thoughts on composers either live-streaming and/or videotaping/screencasting their composing sessions? Are they something worth watching? Are they too invasive into our lives that are already seemingly broadcast everywhere? Is it akin to any other YouTube video of a person playing video games or a guitarist covering tunes in their home studio?
I am not a composer. I compose music. Are you a composer?