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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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Justin Ralls

Recovering Our Elemental Imagination

Everything we have in our civilization is grown or extracted from the living earth; we will never escape this truth. How this truth influences our creativity, and how creativity influences our capacity to live this truth is a pivotal question.

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Andy Doe

To Stream or Not to Stream? That is the Wrong Question.

If you’re in the business of making and selling records, then streaming means your job has changed, and it’s not as simple as opting in or opting out. Whether you want to stream or not, things are different now. The one thing you mustn’t do is ignore it.

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NewMusicBox Staff

CMA Announces Commissioning Grants Totaling $475,000 for 21 Ensembles

Chamber Music America has announced the recipients of its 2016 commissioning programs, supporting the creation of new works for small ensembles. CMA will distribute a total of $475,000 to 21 ensembles through two of its major grant programs: New Jazz Works, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; and Classical Commissioning, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Christopher Cresswell

Giving Voice: Expanding the Periphery

I was able to draw parallels between the staves in my score and the tracks in a ProTools session. By looking past our preconceived notions of musical genres, we were able to find the interconnectivity inherent in all musical expression.

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Emily Bookwalter

RighteousGIRLS Release gathering blue

Q&A plus new video featuring RighteousGIRLS, the New York-based duo of flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi. Their debut album, gathering blue (New Focus Recordings), was released today.

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Justin Ralls

The Power of Creation in an Age of Destruction

All societies in decay make war on artists and intellectuals because they offer ideas that are uncomfortable. What are you here to say?

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charlie morrow

The View from the Bottom of the Heap

The composer faces a future more uncertain than that of anyone, except perhaps the poet. When school days come to an end, the composer mortality rate—not to mention that of their all too perishable idealism—is close to 100 per cent. I am one of the many in that uncertain middle ground trying to survive, pen in hand.

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NewMusicBox Staff

2015 American Composers Forum National Composition Contest Winners Announced

In partnership with the Los Angeles-based new music ensemble wild Up, the American Composers Forum has announced the three winners of the 2015 American Composers Forum National Composition Contest, their fourth thus far.

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Frank J. Oteri

SESAC to Buy HFA

SESAC, one of the three performing rights societies operating in the U.S.A., has agreed to buy the Harry Fox Agency (HFA), which is the pre-eminent American collecting agency for mechanical rights.

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Ellen McSweeney

Wit and Wisdom: Musicians On Being

When a journalist like Tippett can interview anyone in the world, which musicians does she choose? And what does this tell us about musicians’ perceived impact in the wider world?

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NewMusicBox Staff

Notation Software Alternatives

While many commenters to Bill Holab’s article directly focused on the immediate topic of yay or nay vis-à-vis Sibelius 8, others have passionately advocated for alternative music notation software programs.

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Christopher Cresswell

Giving Voice: Teaching Artistry

I’d worked as a teaching assistant in college and had taught composition for a couple of summers, but this was the first time I’d encountered the label “teaching artist,” let alone had it applied to me. Over the course of the next nine weeks, I would learn more about being a composer, a teacher, an artist, and a person than I ever thought possible.

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Bill Holab

To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade? A Notation Software Update

There have been big changes in the notation software market in recent years, and a lot of people are confused about what is going on and what the future might hold. So here are a few updates (if not upgrades) from the land of music notation software.

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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.