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Robert Carl

Music After Life: Guiding Lights

One side of the survivability equation is the caution-to-the-wind embrace of a personal vision, fearless of the consequences, no matter how impractical. The other side thinks outside of the individual and looks at the times.

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Ruby Fulton

Sonic Uprising: Songs for Freddie Gray

Creative work in a time and place of crisis is essential to a community coping with tragedy and can become a necessary and powerful agent of change. If we truly believe that black lives matter, it’s essential that we commit to hearing what their voices have to say.

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Rachel J. Peters

When Do I Get to Stop Exposing Myself?

Some companies advertise the pieces we write for free as new commissions. I vote for an immediate end to this practice. By all means, call it a world premiere by the Next Important Composer of Our Time. Phrase it however you need to make it sound sexy and get butts in seats, but it is not a commission. It is unpaid labor from which others stand to gain.

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Robert Carl

Music After Life: Twists of Fate

The reputations of certain composers seem to be actually growing with time, even though conventional wisdom earlier on would have predicted just the opposite. They present one possible answer to the question of how music becomes “survivable.”

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Frank J. Oteri

NewMusicBox LIVE! Presents Joan Tower

To conclude our first NewMusicBox LIVE! event, we invited Joan Tower to share her some of her acerbic wit and wisdom with us. Joining her to perform two of her dazzling virtuoso solo compositions were rising star violinist Bella Hristova and the iconic new music pianist Ursula Oppens.

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Rachel J. Peters

Mister, Make Me a…Song?

Songs written for the stage are no longer the currency of mainstream musical engagement, yet “song” has become the default term for just about any piece of music under the sun. Is the word still meaningful to creators of new musical theater?

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NewMusicBox Staff

ICE Hires New Executive Director

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) has announced that Vanessa Rose will be its new executive director as of September 1, 2015.

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Robert Carl

Music After Life: Posthumous Lessons

By now it’s more than a decade since Jonathan Kramer, George Rochberg, Ralph Shapey, and Iannis Xenakis have passed, so there is some time to assess where their art stands in their wake, even though it’s still very early in the eternity game.

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NewMusicBox Staff

New Detroit Symphony Streaming Service Filled with New Music

Today the Detroit Symphony became the first American orchestra to make its performance archive available on-demand. Among the 100 full-length works featured are pieces of music by 17 living composers.

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Molly Sheridan

NewMusicBox LIVE! presents Matana Roberts

Combining words and music, Matana Roberts recounts an experience that showcases the kindness of strangers and the instincts of an improviser.

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Rachel J. Peters

If the Medium Is the Message, Then Who Should Sing It?

Why is it so challenging to find the right singers to fit the bill, and is there value in writing for and/or casting singers who specialize in the “wrong” style as dictated by the form?

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Robert Carl

Music After Life: Searching for Survival

What’s the fate of our work after we’ve left the stage? Robert Carl explores making our music “survivable.”

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Ray Evanoff

Maintaining a Creative Life: New Orleans Edition

When you’re a far from the nation’s new music capitals, how to you build a vibrant creative life? When composer Ray Evanoff moved his life to New Orleans, this question became front and center.

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Molly Sheridan

NewMusicBox LIVE! presents Gabriel Kahane

In between highlights from his various albums, Gabriel Kahane charmed the gathered crowd with his story of moldy cookies, the letter, the golf sweater (which he was wearing), and a business trade with a most unexpected twist.

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Rachel J. Peters

It’s a Floor Wax and a Dessert Topping

I won’t rehash any discussions about the technical differences between musicals and operas, but I am interested in exploring preconceived notions held by those working in both genres and the effect they have on composing for the theater.

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Molly Sheridan

Words After Music: Stories from the Archive

Advice from new music veterans on maintaining motivation, making career choices, and standing up to your critics. Also, we explain hip hop to Milton Babbitt.

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Molly Sheridan

Got a Question? Get Answers on Twitter #MUSOCHAT

This Sunday the virtual #musochat salon will hold its third open door event on Twitter to talk creative issues and career quandaries. How did all this get started in the first place? Here’s what we now know…

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Justin Ralls

The Entrepreneurship of the Creative Moment

How can artists serve the social good, create excellent work, and critique the system when it is the system which is actively eroding the social good and preventing them from accomplishing excellent work?

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Frank J. Oteri

Record Created for Extraterrestrials Now Available for Everyone

Earlier this month, we were all finally been able to see what Pluto looks like thanks to NASA’s New Horizons interplanetary space probe. Now, also thanks to NASA, we can all listen to the only album that has thus far physically traveled beyond Pluto–The Golden Record.

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NewMusicBox Staff

W3C Music Notation Community Group Launched

A World Wide Web Consortium Music Notation Community Group has been launched as the result of a partnership of MakeMusic, Steinberg, and Hal Leonard/Noteflight.

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Christopher Cresswell

Giving Voice: (Re)Discovering My Own

While campers experienced hiccups along the way, there was none of the insecurities, impostor syndrome, or existential angst that impairs so many young composers, including myself.

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Justin Ralls

Become Listening

How did the sounds and rhythms of the earth influence the birth and growth of musical traditions? How does our experience of particular natural environments influence the music we make?

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Molly Sheridan

Data-Driven DJ Brian Foo: Statistics That Sing

By combining data, algorithms, and sampled sounds, Brian Foo is using his computer programming skills to learn how to make music. In the process, he’s turning these raw materials into deeply engaging and memorable sonic experiences.

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Christopher Cresswell

Giving Voice: Creating An Invisible Presence

When working with campers, I had to learn to move beyond my own personal choices in order to honor the individuality of their creative and musical interests.

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NewMusicBox is funded in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and with support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The Amphion Foundation, Inc. Support for New Music USA and its many programs and activities is provided by foundations, corporations, government agencies, and hundreds of individual contributors.

NewMusicBox receives major support from the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts and The ASCAP Foundation. NewMusicBox is funded in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and with support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The Amphion Foundation, Inc. Support for New Music USA and its many programs and activities is provided by foundations, corporations, government agencies, and hundreds of individual contributors.