Evolving relationship between new music and the media

Posted on: April 10, 2015

“Composers and performers today look to the media (whatever they think that might be) as a conduit between their art and the general public,” writes Rob Deemer in a lengthy piece in Wednesday’s (4/8) New Music Box. “As digital media and social networks continue to evolve, both the proximity and the fixed boundaries between creators and the media have been affected…. I asked a number of questions to several critics, composers, performers, and other professionals [about the] place of the media within the new music community.” Respondents include classical music writers Anne Midgette, Peter Margasak, Allan Kozinn, and Tim Page; and composers Judah Adashi, Eve Beglarian, Derek Bermel, Chris Cerrone, Lisa Renée Coons, Daniel Felsenfeld, Alexandra Gardner, Sean Hickey, Jennifer Higdon, Jennifer Jolley, Alex Shapiro, Melinda Wagner, and Greg Wanamaker. “One notable comment that came from several composers and performers had to do with what I meant when I asked them about ‘media’—which media was I asking about?  As composer Ken Ueno posited, ‘In many areas, newspapers have gone out of business or no longer have a music critic.’ … This reduction … has occurred alongside the influx of blogs, digital magazines…. The Media is not what The Media used to be. We are The Media!”

Posted April 10, 2015