The relevancy of new music festivals as vehicles of change and ideology is something that always seems to be a goal among artists, but seldom a success story. This isn’t due to a lack of ambition or dedication on the parts of composers, performers, and organizers, but rather a lack...
Autor: Jake Bellissimo
In Alex Temple’s article “Composers, performers, and consent”, she talks about something seldom spoken of in new music: a composer’s relationship to their performers with regards to writing music that is also sustainable for the people performing them. She cites an interaction that Jessica Aszodi had with a composer in...
So naturally with this new climate and this new routine comes a new set of music that I’ve been enjoying lately. In the same tone as my last two listening logs, I will highlight 6 album or pieces that have stuck out to me.
“Other people, some people worry about chords and stuff…and y’know, that’s alright too! You know, there’s all kind of music in the world. You might wanna learn some other stuff if you do that type of music…” “…You do need cords in order to plug the guitar in, but you...
Kultur- und Kunstkonservierung ist ein ganz anderes Thema als Nationalismus, und das ist das, was sehr erschreckend an den erwähnten Gesetzen ist. Die Steuerung von Kunst und Kultur ist einer der ersten Schritte auf dem Weg zum Faschismus, und es hat nie funktioniert.
The awkwardly rhythmic intro to “Tone Bone Kone” greets me as I drowsily open my eyes and let out a huge yawn. I realize that I accidentally fell asleep with my phone on shuffle, but unlock my phone to turn off shuffle and listen to the rest of the album.
I understand that labor requires recognition and music is already a scene where artists struggle to get paid, but that doesn’t give us an excuse to not understand how we play a role in that system. By giving Woody Allen my money, am I acknowledging a good artist or instead saying that him being a quirky, good person in his art excuses his persona in real life?
This issue is present across the board in music, but it has a special position in art music. Unlike many other genres and practices (whose definition of gender is mainly informed by societal prejudices), art music has a well-accepted history of distorting the role of gender in vocal analysis alongside (but still intertwined with) cultural progress.
Jake Bellissimo talks about the importance of silence when listening to any kind of music.