Monday, May 11, 2020

How can a composer have a direct relationship with the public outside of the concert hall?



The modern composer needs to circumvent the concert hall in order to reach their audience. The concert hall by perpetuating the same classic European works is choking the voice of the modern composer. How can American composers create their own unique sound in this environment that is the inverse of all the other art forms. The currant concert hall audience does not celebrate anticipation. With the progress of AI the pendulum will shift and the composer will be able to realize online and via recordings anything they can imagine. Perhaps in the future there will not be the social need to hear music as a mass collective via the standard orchestra and audiences perspective.  It is hard to let go because we romanticize this music and tradition. In the end Darwinism always wins. If the modern orchestra cannot adapt and reach out to a new audience and be relevant in a modern society rather than an aural museum the system will collapse and be supplanted with a new art form.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

The State of the Arts, and thoughts while on the road



It is becoming clear to me that new classical music is doomed upon conception.

Berlin, for me, is a metaphor for cutting-edge arts. A city filled with great writers, artists, intellectuals, and composers.

But the mainstream cultural musical institutions of Europe are an insult and embarrassment to these incredible artists. These institutions recreate and sell European musical history to wealthy tourists while choking the voices of these contemporary artists. Every city I visit seems to have the same repertoire of musical works and operas in their concert halls. The only thing worse is in the USA as we sell not our own musical history but imported history, as if we must lack self-esteem with our own musical arts.

In all areas of the arts, painting, sculpture, literature, film, and architecture, there is a genuine inquisitive thirst for what is going on now. Classical music is the only genre I know that refuses to join the present with the rest of the world. What if we asked modern painters in the world to copy 16th-century masters all day? How creative would that be for them? But commerce dictates, and that is how wealthy patrons want the classical world to stay. Good or bad orchestras are now just only aural museums.

It's absurd for any critic that is truly a person of arts and letters to partake in writing and perpetuating the status quo. The institutions will kill off the very thing that any business, art, or genre needs to survive—innovation

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Orchestras vs Virtual

After spending the last few days with a large orchestra I could not think of a worse environment to make music.
Looking at the faces of the orchestra you can tell they don't want to be there. You can bet that 50 percent or more don’t like it and resent playing the music. So how can they make art out of it?
You have to deal with the giant corporate bureaucracy, don't touch this, or do that, or go there. Not the least bit welcoming or relaxed. The symphony has an elitist social club aspect to it, and it alienates many music lovers.
Then there is the issue of the orchestra musician hating new music. Much of it is difficult and not what they learned 20 years ago in school. Then if all goes well they might book your work three years out so there is no immediate gratification like we have in jazz. In jazz everyone on the bandstand wants to be there, enjoys what they are doing, and the entire experience is fun, not some punch the clock factory job.
And in the rare event where they will let you record it, you’ll have to make 1000 edits to fix wrong notes to get it in shape for release. So find a great engineer editing team.
As virtual instruments get better composers will no longer have to deal with any of this. They will fine tune their creations like sculptures, without the interface and headaches of dealing with 100 people. The future for new music will be on electronic devices in your home and on the go. People will use the web as we now use a program in a concert hall.
One hundred years down the line if a piece of music enters the mainstream repertoire things might be different for the composer...

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Rock vs Classical

How will young people will gravitate to classical music when it has a limited catharsis compared to the mass emotional raw visceral energy of rap and rock ? These musics reflect the electronic frenzied world we live in today as compared to when we had horses and buggies to get around and candles to light our homes.

Classical Music is a pre electric art form....

Monday, May 28, 2018

Today's World

You need to be a psychotic in today's world to be sane !

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Why Classical Music cannot change


Mozart, Brahms, Bach, etc have all been codified by our society as classical music and have become a branded institution. Orchestral institutions now exist for the perpetuation and perseveration of the institution, not invention .
So we have institutions vs. invention. If you want new and innovative music you must look elsewhere. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Tech the new creative outlet

The tech world inspires and rewards creativity. The classical orchestral world castrates it.