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This week on SoundNotion, we ponder questions for the ages. What does it mean to be a music entrepreneur (or is there such a thing)? What do you say when people ask you what kind of music you compose? Have a question about music that you’re afraid to ask?
- This week on SoundNotion, we ponder questions for the ages. What is a music entrepreneur (ICE CEO and artistic director Claire Chase should know)? Is there such a thing (R. Andrew Lee says no. Alex Shapiro says yes.)? Has it always been a thing and now we’re just giving it a name (Dave says yes)? Want to hear more from Andrew or Alex. They’ve both been on the show.
- And speaking of giving something a name, Dean C. Minderman at NewMusicBox wants to know what you tell someone who asks what kind of music you perform or composer? Hmmm… new, modern, concert, art, experimental, new classical, post classical, alt classical, indie classical, contemporary classical, avant garde, serious music…
- Ellen McSweeney wants to know, ever have a question about music that you were afraid to ask? Her NewMusicBox series Matters of the Art is for you.
- On SoundNotion 152, we featured all four finalists the the 2014 American Composers Forum National Composition Contest. The votes are in and Todd Lerew wins with his work for So Percussion flagging entrainment of ultradian rhythms and the consequences thereof.
- Chicago based music critic Lawrence A. Johnson wants to hear more American music being performed, so he decided to do something about it. The American Music Project will support this goal with commissions and grants for performances.
- The music world bids farewell to Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe (1929-2014).
This week, the panel comments on the Met crisis, classical music elitism, and “successful” music.
- The Metropolitan Opera averts a lockout at the eleventh hour. Now the administration and the unions have a week to work things out as they await an independent analysis.
- Universal Chairman and CEO Max Hole calls classical music “elitist” and “unwelcoming.”
- Matthew Guerrieri dissects the idea of successful music in a recent post on NewMusicBox.
This week on SoundNotion, we have composer/educator Marc Mellits. We listen to his work for traditional string band performed by Jake Schepps and the Expedition Quintet and discuss his Mellits Consortium commission Gravity for percussion quartet.
- This week on SoundNotion, we have composer/educator Marc Mellits.
- He brought his work Flatiron for traditional string band, recorded by Jake Schepps and the Expedition Quintet.
- We also discuss Marc’s percussion quartet (sometimes quintet) Gravity. The work is the product of the Mellits Consortium organized by Thad Anderson.
- Marc is also excited about and new approach to undergraduate composition at the University of Illinois at Chicago in which students will work closely with ensembles in residence. Kicking off the residency program will be Latitude 49.
- WEIRD AL IS TOPPING THE CHARTS! Do we need to say more?
- Peter Gelb sent a letter to all of The Met unions who have contracts set to expire on July 31st saying that if no agreement is reached by then, to expect a lock out.
- This year’s Bayreuth Festival stumbles out of the gate with set pieces falling on the stage and the conspicuous absence of Chancellor Angela Merkel (a known enthusiastic Wagnerian).
- Have you seen the beautiful animated scores by Stephen Malinowski? If not, then do yourself a favor. He wants to give the same treatment to a collection of works by Conlon Nancarrow and is asking for your help.
This week on SoundNotion, teaching artist and composer Danny Clay joins the panel to discuss teaching kids composition with graphic notation and the obstacles this approach can overcome. Also, a piano is being put in Redwood Regional Park just for Danny.
- This week on SoundNotion, teaching artist and composer Danny Clay joins the panel to discuss teaching kids composition with graphic notation.
- Danny and his students are featured in our “pick of the week” with their collaborative effort “27 Overtures” using graphic scores beautifully realized by Friction Quartet.
- Responding to student concerns that these pieces aren’t “real music,” Danny launched Project Object [netlabel] wherein “real” composers create works using the students notations systems.
- Danny also has time to work on his own compositions. For his next performance, a grand piano will be moved to Redwood Regional Park for Sarah Cahill as part of the Art in Nature Festival.
- And this week, the music world says goodbye to legendary conductor Lorin Maazel, opera composer Seymour Barab and blues guitarist Johnny Winter.
This week on SoundNotion we have little music but lots of lawyers. SoundCloud is looking to solve licensing, Sony/ATV threatens to pull out of ASCAP/BMI, the NEA budget gets slashed 8 million bucks, and the FCC has received 647K comments on Net Neutrality.
- This week on SoundNotion we announced a plan to switch to audio only for all podcasts on the SoundNotion network. What do you think? Let us know in comments below (or on Facebook or Twitter or YouTube comments).
- In a move meant to protect the company from being sued out of existence by the major record labels, SoundCloud is in talks to hand over up to 15 percent of the company to secure licensing agreements.
- Sony/ATV has threatened to pull their catalog from ASCAP and BMI if the new royalty standards on streaming music aren’t to their liking.
- In a bold move to balance the federal budget, the Republican controlled Interior Appropriations Subcommittee has approved an 8 million dollar cut the the NEA budget (5.5% drop in the NEA budget change is 0.0002% of the federal budget). Let your representative know what you think about this.
- FCC head dingo and Chairman Tom Wheeler says that the commission has received 647,000 responses during the open comment period for Net Neutrality. You’ve still got time to post your own comment (you can tweet at him as well).
- This week the music world says goodbye to three great (and very different) artists. Tommy Ramone (the last of the Ramones) dies at 65. Influential American jazz bassist Charlie Haden dies at 76. And being reported after our Sunday morning record time, legendary conductor Lorin Maazel dies at 84.