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When was the last time you thought about your bio? Tim and Dave talk about the importance of a good bio, how to write bios for different audiences, and how to not suck at writing them.
Zachary Woolfe’s extremely negative New York Times review of Charlie Siem’s recital at Le Poisson Rouge got us thinking about the nature and value of reviews. What are they worth to us as performers, composers, and fans of classical music? How can we as journalist-wannabes do them better?
Zachary Woolfe: “Impeccably Dressed, With His Violin at the Ready”
This week, Avid made some startling announcements about Sibelius, one of the most popular software tools for composers. This got us thinking our relationships with our tools? What would we do if we woke up tomorrow and our tools no longer existed?
Rob Deemer: “Sharpen Your Quills!”
Musicians will always be compared to other musicians. How do we deal with feelings of inferiority or inadequacy? Are those feelings negative, or can they have a positive effect?
This week, we were inspired by electronic dance music artist Deadmau5. Often, performances of electronic music (popular and “classical”) involve little or no input from live performers. What then, is the purpose of such a performance?
Correction: Morton Subotnick is a happy and productive 73-year-old American composer and innovator. He is not, as Dave incorrectly asserts in this episode, dead. We apologize for the error.