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Music and Emotion

I was helping a friend of my son’s with her music theory. She was a first year theory student and her assignment was in figured bass. 1,388 more words


Slowly going to the heart of the matter: Morton Feldman's 'Piano and String Quartet' by Ictus & Fumiyo Ikeda

Once in a while a photographer takes a picture, and when he looks at that picture, he notices the presence of some ghostly figure. Someone who wasn’t in the room at all when the photo was taken. 676 more words


Disposable Music

Improvisation has a disposability problem. Our (Western) civilization values longevity in general, and the art world is no exception. I sat on the Phoenix Arts Commission for a while in the 1990’s, which administers the city’s public art program. 1,205 more words


Classical Music is a Visual Art

By contemporary marketing standards, both Classical Music and Jazz are considered genres or styles. The number of genres and sub-genres listed by music services is mind-boggling. 1,546 more words


Meet the Artist......Keith Burstein, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music?

My parents were both professional violinists, so the likelihood is that I was an embryo even as my mother played in the midst of all the instruments- quite an introduction to music! 1,427 more words


Microtonality and spectralism

Tristan Murail: Gondwana (1980)

This orchestral work creates a really interesting soundscape.  One of its defining features is a kind of ebb and flow in the dynamics, which I think fits with the geological process the piece is meant to evoke.   378 more words

Research & Reflection

Richard Causton, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music?

I started playing the flute at quite a young age and, once I figured out how to read music I realised that I could put notes together how I wanted to and saw that this could be as much or more fun than just reading other people’s. 1,154 more words