aesthetics

Ball State University Festival of New Music, intro

The 38th annual Festival of New Music is underway, with guest composer Thomas Wells giving a talk to our composition seminar yesterday. Wells is particularly interested in pedagogical and historical aspects of composition, and provided some fascinating history about his student days at the University of Texas, Austin. I might be more interested in this […]

There will be Jonny Greenwood

Jonny Greenwood, guitarist with Radiohead, has been garnering some solo attention recently. He’s the composer for the soundtrack to There Will Be Blood. The movie has garnered Oscar attention (and nominations), although not for the music. Time magazine had a brief, positive blurp about the music. The BBC review of the soundtrack (pre-movie release) was […]

Attali on Composition

I’ve mentioned Jacques Attali’s book Noise before, and his prediction of a period of musical development he called “composition.” Although an economist, Attali offers some wonderfully poetic descriptions of composition: We are all condemned to silence – unless we create our own relation with the world and try to tie other people into the meaning […]

Reading List 1

Yes, everyone has playlists. How about a good, old-fashioned book list? Yesterday I gave a talk to our local composition seminar, I offered to post some information about my reading list of music- and culture-related books. Here are three to start with: Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific RevolutionsNot a music book, but an important […]