Saxophonist Tim Rosenberg and composer David MacDonald chat about how hard it is to make this music stuff happen. Each show focuses on a single topic. New episodes are released each week. To catch every show, subscribe in iTunes or use our RSS feed. Music is Hard also streams live each Tuesday at 10pm Eastern HERE. Join the conversation on Ustream chat or on Twitter with #MusicIsHard.

Music is Hard 55: Bio

This week:
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.

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Music is Hard 54: Reviews

This week:
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?

Link:
Zachary Woolfe: “Impeccably Dressed, With His Violin at the Ready”

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Music is Hard 53: Tools

This week:
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?

Link:
Rob Deemer: “Sharpen Your Quills!”

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Music is Hard 52: Inferiority

This week:
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?

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Music is Hard 51: Play

This week:
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.

Links:
Deadmau5: we all hit play.
Emily White: I Never Owned Any Music to Begin With”
Proper Discord: outliers

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